Since 2002, the Reelworld E20 program has been proud to facilitate the growth of Canadian content creators who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Numerous TV shows, films and webisodes have been developed through the program and have found homes with broadcasters and on our screens. In September, participants will start a rigorous program of workshops designed to deepen their artistic practice and help emerging talent navigate the film industry. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch one-on-one to industry professionals in October. For the first time, each E20 will then be partnered with a lead industry professional and benefit from a three month mentorship.
Through our Talent to Watch partnership with Telefilm Canada, a number of our projects have received funding. Most recently, Lulu Wei helped develop her documentary There’s no Place like this Place, Anyplace (2020) through the E20 program, went on to receive Talent to Watch funding as Reelworld’s official entry for the initiative, and recently won the Rogers Audience Award at the 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.
“We had over 250 submissions this year and it was with great difficulty that our jury had to whittle that down to only 20 projects. Each year the competition gets more fierce.” said Reelworld founder and executive director, Tonya Williams. “Congratulations to all our E20’s. I look forward to seeing their projects bloom and find rightful homes on our screens.”
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