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Nearly a week after announcing their first slate of titles — including “The Martian,” “Beasts of No Nation” and “Demolition” — the Toronto International Film Festival has revealed a host of promising new programs, including the four actors selected to participate in the 2015 TIFF Rising Stars program.
Now in its fifth year, the intensive professional development program immerses participants in a series of public events and industry meetings during the Festival. The four Rising Stars will take part in a series of specialized programming organized by the TIFF Industry Office, which includes seminars with international casting directors, media training, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, as well as a series of unique networking opportunities. The four actors selected to participate in the 2015 TIFF Rising Stars program are: Deragh Campbell, Stephan James, Aliocha Schneider and Karelle Tremblay.
The Talent Lab and Telefilm Canada Pitch Film! events, Produced by TIFF’s Industry Office, have also announced their lists of participants. The programs are essential development outings that provide valuable opportunity and exposure for emerging filmmakers at a crucial point in their careers. This year’s Talent Lab governors include Wim Wenders (“The Salt of the Earth,” “Pina”) and Jim Stark (“Coffee and Cigarettes”). Additional guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2015 Talent Lab participants are:
María Alché (Argentina)
Amin Dora (Lebanon)
Derya Durmaz (Turkey)
Hiwot Admasu Getaneh (Ethiopia) Carolina Markowicz (Brazil) Tommy Oliver (USA)
Marina Person (Brazil)
Ricky Rijenke (Holland)
Eva Riley (United Kingdom) Alexis van Stratum (Belgium)
Now in its 16th year, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! provides six teams with six minutes each to pitch their dramatic or documentary feature film idea to a jury of experts in front of a live audience of over 250 industry professionals, in the hopes of winning a coveted $15,000 development award for their project.
The Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finalists include:
“Brown Girl In The Ring: The Prequel”
Sharon Lewis and Jenn Paul
It’s 2048 in the Burn. Toronto has been abandoned by the wealthy, and the poor have been walled in and left to fend for themselves.
This coming-of-age story focuses on young Ti-Jeanne who rebels against her grandmother’s Caribbean mystical teachings to run off
with Tony. When a tragedy strikes Ti-Jeanne’s guardian spirit demands she obey or someone will die.
“Claire, from the Bus”
Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, Kjartan Hewitt and Jordan Canning
Ralph’s 31st birthday has turned into 24 hours of devilishly orchestrated sexual blackmail that calls into question his grasp of morality,
fidelity and the actual age of his coquettish aggressor.
Laura Perlmutter and Daniel Perlmutter
A couple go on a prescribed weekend getaway to figure out their relationship but instead they are forced to face off against demons
and each other when they discover a woman frozen in the woods.
While attempting to cure his infertility, a rogue scientist discovers a new facet of procreation, the ability to encode his memories into the DNA of his offspring, causing a kind of pseudo-reincarnation. He succeeds in conceiving a female child who has his memories and consciousness, creating the most unusual father/daughter relationship in history.
Matthew Hannam and Kaveh Nabatian
A neurotic celebrity chef disappears while filming a cooking show in Morocco. When presented with the opportunity to take over the shoot and advance their own careers, his embattled crew struggles to continue the search for their acerbic host.
Daniel Schachter and Constance Malpel
A family reunion goes haywire over the course of a long, wine-soaked night, as dark secrets from the past come bubbling to the surface.