I'm moderating a panel on screenwriting at this year's ReelWorld film festival. ReelWorld is one of the few festivals who acknowledge the global diversity of the film making community without expecting them to make diversity their beat.
One of my shorts, Tongue Tied, was screened at ReelWorld a few years ago and at the time the programmer told me that it wasn't in because it was diverse, (since it really had no "diverse" content), but because "it was good!"
The panel is actually sponsored by the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program. I'm the lead trainer for the week-long bootcamp again this year, (2nd year doing it, so I guess I'm doing something right), and one of last year's participants, Stephanie Law will be there as well as stellar writers Karen Walton and Peter Mitchell. I plan on letting them do most of the talking.
The panel is this Friday, April 13 at 4:30 at Cineplex Canada Square cinema 5. You can buy advance tickets or at the door.