The 22nd Reelworld Film Festival unveils its full festival line-up

4 films and free industry panels, continuing its mission to feature 100% Canadian filmmakers who are Black, Indigenous, Asian South Asian, and People of Colour.

ReelWorld 2022


The 22nd Reelworld Film Festival officially unveils its full festival line-up with 34 films and free industry panels, continuing its mission to feature Canadian filmmakers who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian and People of Colour. Running from October 12th – 18th, the festival makes its return in-person and online with screenings and industry events taking place at various iconic Toronto locations The Royal Theatre (608 College St),The Paradise (1006c Bloor St W) , and  The ROM (100 Queens Park).

Passes are now available for purchase at www.reelworld.ca/festival.

Reelworld was founded in 2000 by award-winning actress and producer Tonya Williams to advance opportunities for

Canadians who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, and People of Colour in the screen industries by providing

professional development and advocating for racial equity in Canadian content and production.

Reelworld Screen Institute, a non-profit, provides training programs and presents the acclaimed Reelworld Film Festival, which celebrates stories by racialized Canadians. Providing access to opportunities is core to Reelworld, and Access Reelworld is Canada’s leading hiring platform for racialized crews and talent. Reelworld Foundation, a registered charity,is transforming the industry by creating mechanisms that hold systems accountable for greater equity.

The Reelworld Film Festival showcases a wide variety of genres in narrative and documentary features and shorts. As a filmgoer, whether in person or online, you will enjoy the dramatic storytelling, hard-hitting documentaries, witty comedies and thoughtful abstractions that the 22nd Reelworld Film Festival selections will offer. Online screenings are geo-blocked to Ontario.

Reelworld is excited to announce this year’s stellar lineup of feature films programed by Aisha Evelyna, Marina Hanna, Reza Sameni, Safia Abdigir, and Pahull Bains, which includes:

GOLDEN DELICIOUS by Jason Karman (Opening night film)

When basketball-obsessed Aleks moves in across the street, Asian-Canadian teen Jake finds himself trying out for the basketball team to get his attention in this classic coming-of-age drama set in the digital age.

THE MYTH OF THE BLACK WOMAN by Ayana O’Shun

The Myth of the Black Woman is a feature-length documentary that investigates the images of Black women in Western societies, from the hypersexual Jezebel to the lovable Nurse to the sassy “Bitch.” The film works to break down The Myth by featuring a diverse group of women and a wealth of realities rarely seen on screen and supported by engrossing archival footage from the 1800s to the present day.

BITE OF A MANGO by Ron Dias

After a casual hook up between Jayne and Tray in the early stages of lockdown, Jayne, a strikingly independent half-Nigerian half-Jamaican woman, is left feeling alone in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. In Jayne’s absence, Tray seeks the friendship of an old flame only to realize how he truly feels about Jayne.

Reelworld Film Festival would like to thank all the sponsors, partners and funders who share our vision and values: TD Bank Group (Opening Night sponsor), Telefilm, CBC (Shorts Program sponsor), Canada Media Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Govt of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto, Creative BC, Music Publishers Canada, Blue Ant Media, Shaftesbury, DGC National, Rogers Group of Funds, Canadian Media Producers Association, Independent Production Fund, AFBS, Hollywood Suite, ACTRA National, ACTRA Toronto, Writers Guild of Canada and FEVA TV.

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