For the past 20 years Tonya has been overseeing the vision and day to day operations of Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute.  Born in London, England to Jamaican parents, she has been working in the Canadian and USA entertainment industry for the past forty-five years, as an actress, producer, director and writer.  She has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and won two NAACP Image Awards, ACTRA Award of Excellence, WIFT Crystal Award, Harry Jerome Award and others.  She works and lives between Los Angeles and Toronto. Since starting in the entertainment industry Tonya's one goal has been to use the screen platform to correct the historical stories of racialized communities and to present more positive representation of Canadian Black, Indigenous, People of Colour in authentic storytelling.  She currently sits on the Telefilm Inclusion & Diversity Group and the Canadian Media Fund Black Leaders Group, both with the goal of creating more access and diversity in the Canadian entertainment industry above and below the line.

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Tonya Williams

Founder & Executive / Artistic Director

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Emily-Jane Williams

Development Director

Alison Cosgrove

Communications Director

Tonya Williams
Founder & Executive / Artistic Director
She/Her


 

Emily-Jane Williams
Development Director
She/They

 

Alison Cosgrove
Communications Director
She/Her


 

Safia Abdigir
Industry Programming Manager
She/They

 

Pahull Bains
Outreach and Marketing Manager
She/Her


 

Aisha Evelyna
Programmer
 

Zoe Kelly
Events Project Coordinator
She/Her


 

Hannah Yohannes
Program Manager
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Kafi Pierre
Administrative Coordinator
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Marina Hanna
Programmer
 

Reza Sameni
Programmer

Zaarin Bushra
Programming Coordinator

Dasola Dina
Programs Development Coordinator

Allison Wilson Forbes
Programmer

Andy Marshall
E20 Workshop Coordinator
He/Him

Amira De Vera
Festival Publicist 
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Reelworld Staff

David Ngo
Graphic Designer & Social Media Content Creator
He/Him

Mujibul Haque
Social Media Coordinator

 

Kris Myers
Digital Tech Coordinator
 

Jordan Smith-St. Kitts
Digital Operations Coordinator

 

Matt Watterworth
Broadcast Technician
 

Nasiche Taylor
Bookkeeper

X Height Media
Leslie & Lisa
Festival Artwork & Program Design 
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