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January 26, 2022

Call for Submissions: AccessCBC

Hosted by ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

AccessCBC is a national CBC initiative for Deaf and disabled creators developed in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto that will provide training, mentorship and, on select projects, financing support to create scripted and documentary screen-based content.

This program’s understanding of disability embraces The Accessible Canada Act definition which is inclusive of visible and invisible disabilities, permanent, temporary or episodic in nature.

AccessCBC is open to creatives who are:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Deaf and/or Disabled
  • Interested in the media industry*
  • Not currently employed by the CBC

*The eligibility criteria of “interest in the media industry” includes employment in any media industry position, internships, workshops, job shadowing, learning spaces, storytelling experience and more.

Deadline for submission is January 26th, 2022 for both the Scripted stream and Short Documentary stream.


CBC is committed to accessibility. Please let us know what we can do to make this program accessible to you in your application (e.g. closed captioning, ASL interpretation, alt formats and more).


ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5S 2J2, Canada

Phone number: 416-924-6211

Email: lindal@mnjcc.org

In 2016, the American-born ReelAbilities Film festival crossed the border and launched in Toronto, Ontario, making this the first official international chapter of RAFF. Now in our fourth year, ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival is proud to showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. Over the past 4 years, ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto has launched programs alongside producing the festival in the spring of each year. Programs such as the ReelAccess/CinemAccessible Guide and the CBC-ReelAbilities Breaking Barriers Film Fund have helped build this Toronto festival into a mainstay of the city’s disability and cinematic fabric! Our ReelEducation program has brought films and lesson plans about equity and inclusion into 118 schools across the province, in 28 schoolboards.