A creative hub for the next generation of filmmakers at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Twenty emerging filmmakers from across the globe have been selected for the 14th annual TIFF Talent Lab​. They will have the opportunity to learn from leading international film artists, with an emphasis on developing their creative vision and craft. The five-day artistic development programme will take place from September 5 to 9, 2017.

“We are excited to welcome this group of talented filmmakers, and to support them to develop their artistry and expand their connections,” said Kathleen Drumm, TIFF Industry Director. “The breadth of their work displays the quality and diverse storytelling that TIFF is committed to supporting, and we see them as important filmmaking voices for the future.”

Since its inception, TIFF Talent Lab has been crucial in shaping the careers of many young directors and screenwriters. Notable Canadians who have attended Talent Lab in the past include Wiebke Von Carolsfeld, Richie Mehta, Elan Mastai, Semi Chellas and Michelle Latimer. Distinguished directors and producers, acting as Talent Lab Governors, will be mentoring the 20 up-and-coming filmmakers (10 international, 10 Canadian) through workshops, pitch sessions and masterclasses, with a focus on creativity, artistic process and independent voice.

To lead the newest cohort, this year’s Governors are producer Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Valentine, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Paperboy), along with Carole Scotta and Caroline Benjo from French production and distribution company Haut et Court (The Lobster, Foxfire, The Class). Additional Governors will be announced soon.

Special TIFF Talent Lab guests, including acclaimed international filmmakers, will be announced in the coming weeks. Talent Lab is produced by Hayet Benkara, TIFF Talent Development Programmer.



Helping young filmmakers to reach new heights  

TORONTO — One of the most anticipated industry events of TIFF, Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! is returning for its 18th consecutive year. Six teams of talented emerging filmmakers will have six minutes each to pitch their feature-film idea to a live audience of industry experts and a jury of development and production professionals. The winning team will take home $15,000 to help bring their film project to life. The challenge will take place at Glenn Gould Studio on September 10 and is open to all Press and Industry delegates. “We are proud to partner with Telefilm Canada once again on PITCH THIS!” said Kathleen Drumm, Industry Director at TIFF. “This lively competition was created to foster and support emerging filmmakers, and has proven one of the most popular programs in the Conference schedule. We look forward to cheering on this year’s contestants.” Designed to scout hidden talents, Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! provides an opportunity to bring young filmmakers and industry experts under the same roof. The competition, which attracts Canucks from coast to coast, has helped to elevate the careers of past participants, including film directors Molly McGlynn, whose short film 3-Way (Not calling) screened at TIFF in 2016, and Pat Mills (Don’t Talk To Irene). Both filmmakers have features premiering at TIFF 2017.

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