October 19

REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL Opening @Glenn Gould Studio-Thurs.,Oct 17, 2019

By Sally Warburton
In its 19th year, the Reelworld Film Festival features films from Canadian BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) with their own stories and unique perspectives.


The Opening Night Gala and Reception on Thursday, October 17 was held at the Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Building, Toronto. Special guests included The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Film director Shelley Niro a member of Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. And Canadian actor Billy Merasty.

The Glenn Gould Studio was an awesome venue for a reception and film screening. Following the reception guests entered the theatre. A series of speeches preceded the film screening of the opening feature film. – Founder Tonya Williams, festival programmers Ammar Keshodia and Kulbinder Saran Caldwell all shared the excitement of the festival and thanked generous sponsor TD Bank.

The feature film The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw directed by Shelley Niro. This film depicts the life of Mitzi who has lived the city life and returns to tend to her sick mother back home on Owl Island. It is an honest look at Indigenous life on the reserve and familial responsibility.

The Reelworld Festival not only included an exciting line up of films but virtual reality and events such as industry panels, workshops and talks to continue growing the Canadian BIPOC talent pool. The Opening Gala was the perfect way to start the Reelworld festival!

We would like to to thank Amira de Vera
of Project Four Public Relations for the invitation to this event.