REELWORLD in Winnipeg


The inaugural Reelworld Screen Institute Emerging Filmmaker Award was presented to Winnipeg Filmmaker, Bisong Taiwo, whose Canadian film, Time Sleeper, screened at the festival.


The prize included an award and a cash prize of $500, to increase their film's submission to national and international film festivals. This will help increase the visibility of Canadian films and filmmakers on national and international stages. 


Bisong’s first narrative feature, Time Sleeper, tells the story of a woman who, upon accidentally discovering time travel, must travel one year into the past to save her son. Look out for his upcoming documentary, Memoirs of Salone.

Filmmaker Bisong Taiwo

In Winnipeg, Reelworld was able to connect with many leaders from Indigenous, Asian and Black Collectives. 

For the past 20 years, Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute have been leading national platforms for Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC) in screen-based industries. The Afro Prairie Film Festival celebrates Black cinema across North America and promotes the work of established and emerging Black filmmakers in Canada.

Joy Loewen, CEO of the National Screen Institute, was presented with the 2020 Black Leadership Award of Distinction by Reelworld Screen Institute and Afro Prairie. 

Joy is a media industry professional who passionately supports the development, production and exhibition of Canadian art and artists. We were honoured to present her with this award and applaud the fine work she has done and advancements she has made for all filmmakers of colour in Canada.

Joy Loewen with Award

While in Winnipeg, Tonya taught a Masterclass for Industry Professionals, sharing the wisdom gained from over 40 years in the entertainment industry.


Attendees discovered the new initiatives Reelworld has in store for Canadian BIPOC screen industry professionals and the new tools Reelworld is launching to create more jobs and opportunities for talent across Canada.


Listen to host Mahlet Cuff’s inspiring interview with Tonya, Afro Prairie Keynote Speaker Alison Duke, and Festival Director Alexa Joy on CKUW’s Femisphere (Feb 20) here.

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