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Young Creators Co-Lab

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The Young Creators Co-Lab is a new a gathering space for young and exciting film makers in Toronto to connect with industry professionals and collaborate on all things film. Emerging from the former TIFF Next Wave Talent Lab, we are expanding it this year to offer a full day of programming for filmmakers and creatives to gather and get excited about film!

Take this opportunity to connect with people working in the film industry and with other young filmmakers to share ideas, swap scripts, find your first art director, DP, editor, and more!

Arrival + Registration

Please show up at the sign-in table outside Cinema 4 and say hello!

Panel 1: Women of the Web: Taking Space in the Digital Sphere

This panel features female creatives that are using the digital sphere to create and distribute amazing content. Hear them share their experiences about how this platform has served their creative identities and shed light on stories and creators often under-represented in more mainstream media spheres, how they got started, what they’ve been able to do, and what they hope for next.

Vanessa Matsui (creator, Ghost BFF)
Rakhi Mutta (creator, Anarkali)
Steph Ouaknine (producer, Smokebomb Entertainment)
Katherine Anne Connolly (video developer, Refinery 29)

Moderated by Rakhee Sapra, Director of Communications, VICE


How We Talk with Colin Munch

An interactive storytelling workshop that explores the way we talk as a useful tool to generate script ideas and characters. If you're interested in hacking the creative process in an unacademic, fun and dynamic way, this session is for you. Surprise yourself and leave with a useful, simple and age-old tool for writing and storytelling. If this all sounds weird and mysterious, good! Come and see for yourself.


Panel 2: Making the Change: A conversation about systemic racism, the media and evolving the story

In light of ongoing discussions around lack of diversity and (mis)representation in the media, this panel will ask up-and-coming creatives what this means personally and collectively, and how to situate oneself within the context and reality of systemic racism in order to disrupt and reimagine representations in the media. Using their upcoming documentary project, The Skin We’re In, to frame the conversation, filmmaker Charles Officer and journalist Desmond Cole will unpack what they’ve seen in the media industries and share their ideas on how to truly evolve this work.

Charles Officer, filmmaker
Desmond Cole, journalist


Close-up with James Laxton

Join us for a master class with cinematographer James Laxton as he shares his experiences working in the industry and most recently on the magnificent film Moonlight, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

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