The Reelworld Screen Institute provides year-round initiatives, programs, and events to foster professional development for our Canadian racially diverse talent, to deepen their artistic practice, and to strengthen this creative community and network.
We create more opportunities by focusing on the research, advocacy, policy, and infrastructure changes needed within our industry and government.
Reelworld Institute is working to increase the number of Canadian decision-makers who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, or People of Colour. When we have real representation at high levels, we will be able to create a more level playing field.
Changing the Narrative Report
In 2020, motivated by our mission to eradicate racism by creating more opportunities for Canadian ethnically diverse professionals in the media industry, Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute commissioned a report from Communications MDR titled "Changing the Narrative: 2020 Status of Canadian Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Canada's Screen-based Production Sector".
Reelworld Screen Institute has launched an industry-wide research project addressing stereotypical depictions of Black, Indigenous, Asian and Women of Colour in film and TV. The project will produce a research-backed protocol guideline that will help the creatives, producers and executives in our industry to identify how various roles in the creation of content can contribute to the authentic portrayal of these racially diverse women.
More Reelworld Research Projects to Come
Upcoming Reelworld Programs & Events
Level Up 2 Program
Level UP 2 is an on-the-ground experience developed in partnership with Rogers Sports & Media for Canadian writers and directors. Selected writers will spend four weeks of the program working remotely in the show’s virtual writers room, and one week on set learning about changes made to various drafts of the scripts while experiencing the collaborative nature of television production and understanding the importance of each department.
July 19TH - Aug. 2ND
Emerging 20 Table Reads
"The Emerging 20 Table Reads are an opportunity for our emerging writers to hear their work read out loud by professional racially diverse Canadian talent.
2022 Reelworld Producer Program
The Reelworld Producer Program is a year-long curriculum that provides mentoring and learning opportunities, and creates pathways to build a career as a producer in the television industry. The program candidates will be immersed in the business side of the Canadian entertainment field. After choosing a project, under a mentor, they will learn valuable skills such as creating a corporation, retaining intellectual property rights, choosing and optioning scripts, creating deal memos, choosing key creatives and casting directors, plus much more.