For over almost 20 years, Reelworld has impacted the lives of thousands of media artists, and continues to be a growing platform where more and more BIPOC filmmakers can showcase their artistry and inspire others to do the same.

Reelworld has grown beyond the annual festival to meet the growing needs of our community. Under our charity arm, Reelworld Institute, we provide year round professional development, learning opportunities, community events, and programming that provide additional resources to artists and pave the way for social change. 

Read and watch the testimonials below of some of the people we've impacted.

Charles Officer

Writer, Director & Filmmaker

Joyce Wong

Writer & Director

Sherren Lee


Alison Duke


SAmantha Wan

Actor, Writer & Producer

Lenin Sivam


Allison Wilson-Forbes

Actor, Writer & Filmmaker

Joan Jenkinson


Amrit Sandu


The ReelWorld Film Festival is an enlightening event that focuses on films made by people of colour. It is unique, its panels are informative and the festival is run with a level of courtesy and organization that often eludes major film festivals.


I was treated well. My fellow panellists were bright, successful executives who made the panel and discussions dynamic and stimulating. I had a great experience, and enjoyed the process. Under Tonya Lee Williams’ guidance, the future of this two-year old festival is bright and the possibilities are endless.

- Dwight Brown, Director of Film Evaluation, HBO/Cinemax/HBO Latino (U.S.)



The festival manifests the ideal of cultural diversity to its fullest. Truly, the most amazing and inspiring experience for indie filmmakers

- Shan Tam, Producer (Vancouver, Canada)

“The festival showcases how we’ve progressed - how we come from the independent to the higher budget while still paying respect back to the independents. This forum allows people to put a name to the face and see what’s been done …I  think this is a good way for people to see how we are, how we’ve developed and the struggles that we’ve gone
through to get to this point.”

- Michael P. Douglas, Canadian Director

The ReelWorld Film Festival is committed to providing a showcase for multicultural and multiracial media from artists in Canada and around the world, filling the need for these voices to be heard. In only its second year, ReelWorld Film Festival has already proven to be an important and relevant stop on the film festival circuit. It is only natural that
we are associated with a festival that is known for its innovation in the film festival experience!

- Jon Bailey, Chair and CEO, Famous Players Inc. (Canada)


All I can say about the ReelWorld Film Festival is that the revolution in cinema for people of color has begun. In only its second year, I was proud to see workshop after workshop on the ins and outs of filmmaking, and watching the films with the packed houses in the theatres laughing and crying from these hidden treasures created by people of color.

- Robert Townsend, Director (Los Angeles)


There was much to learn, not only from what was on screen, but also from the stories of how the filmmakers got to where they are now. The Industry Series provided excellent opportunities to gain fro the experiences of working professionals and to network.


- Alicia Payne, (Black Talent News, April 2002- U.S./CAN)


Reelworld had the kind of buzz of a fast-rising star, yet also intimate, friendly and thoughtfully programmed, not to mention the excellent industry reps on the panels ... Keep a close eye on this one!

- Maria Yongmee Shin, Producer, North East Productions (Ottawa)

We have been a supporter of the Festival since its inception and I together with my company, @Wallace Studios loo forward to many years of working with Reelworld and supporting its goals of providing a platform from which the multiple talents stemming from and reflective of the diversity of all cultures can be seen and heard at one time. The

Reelworld Film Festival has demonstrated the quality and vision that comes from celebrating diversity and giving it a platform from which to leapfrog.

- Lillyann Goldstein, VP Marketing and Legal Counsel, @Wallace Studios (Toronto)


The festival has a different flavour, an exotic flavour and I always appreciate the celebration of cultural diversity…They have a reputation for giving certain types of films, that wouldn’t make it in other festivals, their own voice.”

– Rodney Barnes, Canadian Director (North York Mirror, April 3, 2002)

Reelworld is a registered Canadian charity: Charitable #873045611RR0001


Address: 20 Richmond St. E., Suite #600, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2R9

Tel:  416-598-7933​.

Email: contact@reelworld.ca.  you!


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