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About ReelAbilities


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 fifth 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.

Since its inception, 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 school boards.

Submit a Film


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



  • 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



Volunteering for ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto is a terrific way to get involved in this exciting initiative from its first stages! The commitment and generosity of our volunteers is the foundation that makes our festival a great success. Volunteering at our festival is hard work, but also lots of fun- you can meet filmmakers from around the world, interact with our engaged audience and watch great movies! Please join us to make this festival shine.

Reel Education


The ReelEducation program provides free resources for educators and administrators to teach students about inclusion, empathy, universal design, mental health and stereotypes, as well as attitudinal and employment barriers.

Throughout the year, ReelAbilities works outside the festivals to raise awareness and promote inclusion by bringing our ReelEducation films and conversations to schools, community centers, corporate offices, and more

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