Emerging Creators in the Spotlight

The Festival season has been spectacular for our Talent Fund-supported filmmakers.

The Festival season has been spectacular for our Talent Fund-supported filmmakers. So far, 13 films have either world premiered or were selected by festivals from across the country. Violation world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) before making its way around Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, followed by Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF).

The 2020 edition of FIN Atlantic International Film Festival had Talent to Watch projects front and centre! In fact, each Atlantic province had a Talent to Watch film featured at FIN: Little Orphans (Newfoundland), Bone Cage (Nova Scotia), Queen of the Andes (New Brunswick) and Wharf Rats (Prince Edward Island). In addition,Talent Fund supported-films such as Brother I Cry, La Marina, Vacarme, Bleed with Me, Passage, There’s no place like this place – anyplace, L.A Tea Time and Events transpiring before – during – and after a high school basketball game, were all selected at prominent film festivals, from coast to coast to coast.

Violation directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli received the RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award ($10,000) at CIFF as well as the Emerging Canadian Director Award at VIFF.

Violation world premiered at TIFF in September, before touring at CIFF, VIFF and Festival du Nouveau Cinéma this fall. (Learn more)

Brother, I Cry is Indigenous filmmaker Jessie Anthony’s first feature film which won the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at VIFF. It also screened at ImagineNATIVE. What is Jessie’s story? And what inspired her to create her first feature? Learn all about this emerging filmmaker in her recent interview.