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Mission Statement

To cultivate talent and change the face of Canadian cinema on screen and behind the scenes.


In 1999 Actress Tonya Williams founded ReelWorld. Since that time, we have been part of a cultural shift, where film and television are beginning to represent the real world. We present films and music videos by filmmakers and artists from Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and other racially diverse communities.

We do far more than that.

Through our not-for-profit arm, the ReelWorld Film Festival, and our charity, The ReelWorld Foundation, we create opportunities for filmmakers to meet with producers, acquisitions personnel and distributors. We bring in experts to share insights about the current trends in our industry. We connect emerging filmmakers with mentors. We introduce audiences to film and to cultural stories. And we honour excellence. All of this helps foster a more vital.and real.film and television industry in Canada.

Over the years, the ReelWorld Film Festival has earned the reputation of being a culturally and racially diverse, mid-sized showcase for compelling, riveting films created by emerging and established filmmakers. We program dramatic features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos and offer between 50% and 75% Canadian content each year. We have also been honoured to present films from more than 140 countries.

With every effort, we are showcasing the talent of racially diverse artists, cultivating creativity, and addressing the lack of racially diverse actors, writers, directors, producers, administrators, and technical and production talent who work in the Arts and Culture scene.

Both our not-for-profit and our charity are possible thanks to our commercial and government sponsors as well as our donors. We have approximately 20 employees and more than 60 volunteers, all of whom work tirelessly to help make the ReelWorld experience a superb one.



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