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January 1, 2021

Call for Submissions: 2021 ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

Hosted by ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival

Deadline for submissions: January 1

ReelAbilities is the first and largest festival of its kind in Canada, celebrating the stories, voices and talents of artists and filmmakers from the disabilities and Deaf communities.

The ReelAbilities Toronto mandate includes 1/3 Canadian content! This festival will be showcasing Canadian and International shorts, features and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. Submissions will open October 19, 2020, and will close January 1, 2021.

Submission Requirements

  • All films must have captions (either open captioning, or the option of captioning)
  • All other access features must be identified (ie. audio description tracking, foreign language subtitles, etc)
  • Please provide a multi-use video link (downloadable or password provided). This is how our jurors will access the film.
  • We accept Canadian shorts, features, documentaries or narrative films

More information


  • ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

    750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 3G1, Canada

    LiviyaM@MNJCC.org (416) 924-6211

    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.