Founded by Tonya Williams, Reelworld Film Festival, now in its 19th year, is dedicated to screening and supporting the underrepresented voices of Indigenous and racialized media artists who create films for social good. We prioritize our selection to include Canadian and international films that explore current and pressing social issues.
Reelworld showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, episodic content, webisodes, gaming and VR/360 films that tell important stories, spark meaningful dialogue and inspire social change.
All selected short and feature-length films will be considered by the jury:
1. Outstanding Feature Film: awarded to the director of the feature length film selected as most impactful and capable of inspiring social change (juried).
2. Outstanding Short Film: awarded to the director of the short film selected as most impactful and capable of inspiring social change (juried).
3. The Audience Choice Award: awarded to the director of the feature length film chosen by audience members by way of ballot (audience choice).
4. Outstanding Music Video: awarded to the director of the music video selected as most impactful in conveying message (juried).
- Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2017;
- All submissions and exhibitions must be in English, subtitled in English or English versioned;
- Must not be available online, via any home device (blu-ray, DVD, etc.) or released theatrically in Canada by the time of the festival exhibition October 2019;
- Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry; and
- Rough cuts and works-in-progress will not be considered.
We accept Canadian and international narrative films, documentaries, episodic content and VR/360 films by Indigenous and racially diverse filmmakers that explore current issues, ideas, and stories with social impact (i.e. social change, criminal justice, poverty, equality, empowerment, human rights, education, global health, climate change, immigration, and social innovation, etc.)
All programs are carefully curated and submissions will be fully considered by Reelworld’s programming team.
For the purposes of eligibility and awards consideration, Reelworld uses the following definitions:
Feature-Length: 45 minutes or longer
Short: up to 44 minutes
Episodic: up to 45 minutes (must be part of a 4+ part series)
Virtual Reality (VR/360): up to 12 minutes in length
Music Video: up to 6 minutes
Country of Production and Submission Categories
Canadian Submissions: All films produced in Canada or directed by Indigenous or racially diverse Canadian filmmakers
International Submissions: All films produced outside of Canada and directed by Indigenous or racially diverse non-Canadians
Selection & Notification Process
Accepted applicants will be notified of programming decisions by email before August 21st, 2019. If applicants do not hear by that date, then they have not been selected for the festival. Final programming, categorization and slotting of films will be determined by the Reelworld programming team. Their decision is final. Successful applicants will receive this information in their official invitation.
Accepted exhibition formats*
DCP is the format accepted for exhibition. In exceptional cases Blu-ray may be accepted.
*For VR/360 Projects, must be accessible on a GearVR or Oculus Headset
If accepted filmmaker must also submit a film trailer AND a 1-4 minute clip from a scene.