Reelworld Film Festival 2019 will open tonight at the Glen Gould studio in Toronto.
The annual festival which presents the works of racially diverse filmmakers, will showcase Canadian narrative features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation, episodic content and VR/360 films. Screenings will take place October 18-21 at Famous Players Canada Square.
One documentary of special interest to the Black and Caribean communities – Farewell Regent -will be screened on Friday night.
The documentary “charts the complex canvas” of Toronto’s Regent Park, according to a news release from the organizers of the festival.
It says that Director Christene Brown “puts a human face on the unique tensions and fellowships of the country’s most infamous social housing project.
“Farewell Regent eschews the storied violence of the community to focus on the activism and resilience that has always been in the DNA of its people.”
Screenings at the festival will be followed by “Conversations with the Artist”, in which artists will hear from members of their community, “many of whom are seeing themselves authentically represented for the first time, and for a wider diverse audience to fully immerse themselves in intercultural experiences,” notes the release.
The festival’s Closing Night Gala Screening and Awards ceremony will take place at Famous Players Canada Square on October 21.