Are you a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People-of-Colour) filmmaker interested in telling stories that help audiences care about pressing issues and inspire social change? Applications are now open!

The Reelworld Film Festival is a recognized partner of Telefilm's Talent To Watch program. E20 participants are eligible to apply for this funding through our Emerging 20 program.

The E20 Program is Reelworld’s initiative to connect some of Canada’s most talented emerging BIPOC talent with industry executives and professionals within the Canadian entertainment industry. E20s are given the opportunity to network, learn, and pitch their projects to industry decision makers.

We are looking for 20 emerging content creators and filmmakers with projects in the pre-development or development phase, that have potential to inspire and entertain. Whether your project is a documentary, dramatic feature, web series, or comedy, we are looking for stories that explore important themes and issues in ways that entertain, spark conversation, and expand minds.​

After the program has concluded, E20 participants will become eligible to apply for up to $150,000 from Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program to make their first feature film.



  • Access to funding: As a participant and future alum of Reelworld’s E20 Program, you will qualify to apply to Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program which offers up to $125,000 towards the production of your web series or feature film project

  • Skills Training: The E20 program provides 5 workshop days focused on preparing a compelling pitch, packaging a project, finding partners, marketing training, and other valuable industry insights.

  • Pitching Opportunities: E20 participants are given the opportunity to meet, and pitch your project at personal, one-on-one meetings with executive producers, directors, broadcasters, funders, agents, distributors, and union reps.

  • Networking: The E20 networking reception during the Reelworld Film Festival will introduce you to key industry stakeholders including broadcasters, distributors, festival executives, journalists, social media experts and funders.

Deadline to submit: June 1, 2020

Applicants must be able to participate in all events which will take place in Toronto. Some experience in the industry is preferred. We are on the lookout for BIPOC artist applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives which are underrepresented in today's media

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