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Reelworld Webinars offer the industry the opportunity to connect with and learn from Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American leaders in the Canadian screen industry.


Our webinars cover a wide range of topics, from important conversations on race and representation to tips and tricks from award-winning filmmakers and agents. Moderated by our founder, Tonya Williams, we promise to provide engaging and honest conversations you won't want to miss out on 


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Don't worry if you missed our past discussions, You can find them here.

Reelworld Webinars

Black on Screen: Changing the Narrative 
Recorded: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Recent events stemming from anti-blackness have shifted the global conversation about racism in general. Funding agencies, production companies, creative organizations and arts institutions across Canada are pledging to better represent diversity and tackle systemic racism in the entertainment industry.


But what does the future of the screen industry look like for Black creatives?


At the end of 2019, motivated by our mission to level the playing field by creating more opportunities for Canadian ethnically diverse professionals in the media industry, Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute commissioned a study/report from Communications MDR titled “Changing the Narrative: 2020 Status of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in Canada's Screen Based Production Sector”. This webinar will be focusing on the report from the perspective of Black industry professionals.

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A Conversation with Hollywood Agent, April Lim
Recorded: Thursday, July 23, 2020​


Join April Lim and Tonya Williams as they discuss agents, casting and the lack of diversity in casting agencies today!

Ever wonder what it's like to be an agent? Why is there such a lack of BIPOC representation within casting agencies? How can we work to increase the amount of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour working on this side of the industry? All these questions and more get tabled in this vibrant discussion on diversity in the casting office, where so much key change is possible.

Meet April Lim: After graduating USC having majored in Finance and Marketing, April started out in the mailroom of William Morris back in 1994, then moved up to an assistant agent before transferring to United Talent Agency (UTA) as an assistant. Dealing with the challenges of being a woman agent and being Asian, she started her own agency in 2004, which is now one of the largest talent agencies in Hollywood.Global Artists Agency now has a roster of 195 clients and six agents. They currently register on IMDBpro at a 321 rating!

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Secrets to creating a successful Crowdfunding Campaign
for Film - from two women who did it!
Recorded: July 2, 2020

With so many filmmakers Crowdfunding for their projects, how can you get yours to stand out and raise funds? Hear from two outstanding filmmakers who did just that. Sharon Lewis and Gloria Ui Young Kim successfully raised their funds through Crowdfunding and completed their films that are now screening everywhere and winning awards.

There is an art to using these resources, and these two women are ready to share their secrets with you.

Join us as we discuss ways to utilize crowdfunding platforms for creative industries. From production costs to marketing campaigns. Make these powerful platforms work for you.

Previously Recorded Webinars 
Intellectual Property: It's Yours, Own It! 
A Conversation with Dentons: 
Recorded: Thursday, August 13, 2020                 Recording coming soon!

Do you know your rights? IP rights, that is! Creators, tune in and learn how to protect your art.

  • Intellectual property - do you own yours?

  • Should you incorporate before making your film?

  • Copyright, patents and trade secrets: What does it all mean?

  • Did you know many funding agencies require you to have a company to access funding?


Join Reelworld Executive Director Tonya Williams in conversation with representatives from Dentons Law Firm, the largest multinational law firm in the world, as they answer all these questions and share everything you need to know about protecting your art.  There is no monopoly on good ideas. Our webinar will teach you how to act fast and reap the benefit of your ingenuity. IP protects your rights as a creator - learn how to align your goals and vision with the practical protection needed to see them through.

Our guest panelists from Dentons are partner Ken Dhaliwal, associate Caitlin Choi, and associate Jessica Hardy-Henry. Tune in and learn how to access greater opportunities through incorporation, as well as how to protect your creative output through understanding Intellectual Property rights and the business side of show business!

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