The ReelWorld Film Festival, launched in 2001 to celebrate and promote racial and cultural diversity both in front of and behind the camera, has become synonymous with cinema excellence.
This year’s festival will feature more than 85 films and videos hailing from 17 countries, with more than 66 per cent of them by Canadian artists of various ethnic backgrounds. Over the course of five days, the festival will feature 19 world premieres, eight North American premieres, nine Canadian premieres and 14 Toronto premieres. The festival’s eclectic variety of documentaries, shorts and music videos is sure to please film enthusiasts.
“From Contract, our opening night film from Ghana, to our closing night dramatic feature, Aayna Ka Bayna from India, we have films that will prompt people to laugh, to inspire others and to reflect,” said Tonya Lee Williams, Founder and Executive Director of the ReelWorld Film Festival. “This year we have searched across Canada and around the globe to offer a line-up that showcases diversity in non-stereotypical ways. I think audiences will enjoy what our programmers have curated for our 13th year.”
The festival will include special presentations, including ReelSpeak, a candid discussion featuring actress and producer, Tangi Miller (Felicity). The discussion will be followed by a screening of Christopher Nolan’s The Good Life, a film that presents a more realistic view of the “perfect couple” usually depicted in movies.
In addition, the festival will present the ReelWorld Music Video Night, featuring 24 of the best music videos and a one-on-one conversation with award-winning music video artist, Davin Black.
Families are invited to the free family screening of Shayamal Uncle: Turn off the Lights and Calcutta Taxi, presented by Shaw Media. Directed by Suman Ghosh, Shayamal Uncle: Turn off the Lights follows a family patriarch as he fights the bureaucracy of India to have his street lights turned off during daylight hours. Calcutta Taxi unravels the story of three lives that coincide and affect each other.
This year’s festival will also showcase 19 features and 38 shorts from Canada, Australia, Chile, Egypt, France, Ghana, India, Iran, Mongolia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The ReelWorld Film Festival also offers professional development opportunities for individuals interested in expanding their careers in Canada’s film and television industry.
The 2013 ReelWorld Film Festival will be held from Tuesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 14. Films and activities will be presented at Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas, 2190 Yonge St. Schedules, screening times, synopses and tickets are available at www.reelworld.ca. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the ReelWorld Film Festival offices, located at 438 Parliament St., Suite 300, or by phone at 416-598-7933.
For more information, visit www.reelworld.ca