TIFF 2017 Celebrates Homegrown Talent

By Ingrid Coifman & Leila Monteiro Lins | Photos by LML 


TIFF Canadian Press Conference on August 9, at Fairmont York Hotel | Photo by LML

In September, the city will be once again abuzz with galas, special presentations lineups, and movie stars. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival  (TIFF) will celebrate diversity and homegrown talent by screening 26 Canadian-made films.

Making their world premieres are Mary Harron’s Alias Grace, based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood, with a screenplay written by Sarah Polley and starring Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin and Paul Gross; and Sean Menard’s The Carter Effect, on how NBA All-Star Vince Carter made an impact on Toronto.

“It is exciting to see a new wave of Canadian first-time feature directors play with genres and take risks,” said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF.

Rising Stars Programme

Rising Stars Programme

Among the participants for this year’s TIFF Rising Stars programme are Daniel Doheny, Mary Galloway, Théodore Pellerin and Ellen Wong (photo). Alumni of this programme include Tatiana Maslany (Stronger, The Other Half, Two Lovers and a Bear, Orphan Black) and Sophie Nélisse (Mean Dreams, The Book Thief, Monsieur Lazhar).

“This diverse group of actors embodies the extraordinary charisma, motivation and dedication our emerging Canadian talent has to offer,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF.

The Canadian shorts selection will include 11 titles directed by women and three films by Indigenous filmmakers.

Service: The 42nd edition of TIFF runs Sept. 7 through 17. Festival ticket packages available at 

Ingrid Coifman

is a journalist and Public Relations , who specializes in technology, economics, and tourism, having in her portfolio Culture TV, CBN Radio, McDonalds and Microsoft.

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