Share Her Journey

Join a movement to champion female storytellers.

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Prefer to make a donation by phone? Please call us at 1-888-599-TIFF (8433).

TIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. We will prioritize gender parity with a focus on mentorship, skills development, media literacy, and activity for young people.

Donate today to help TIFF support and empower female voices. Gifts of all sizes — $50, $500, $2,500 — make a difference and will be matched by generous donors Betty-Ann Heggie and Anne-Marie Canning, doubling your impact.

"Achieving gender parity within the film industry is vital. But, more than anything, I’d love to see the cultivation and celebration of female auteurs – women exercising their unique authorial voices in their own ways is where I see radical changes brimming in cinema."

—Ashley McKenzie, award-winning filmmaker

Our Share Her Journey Ambassadors each inject their vital perspective into today’s film industry. Their creativity, passion, and drive are leading the way for the next generation of female filmmakers to tell their stories, providing audiences with outstanding narratives and role models.

Unfortunately, there is a considerable lack of incredible female storytellers in key creative and decision-making roles in the film industry:

  • Of the top 250 films of 2016, only 7% were directed by women.
  • Of the top 100 films of 2016, only 29% of all protagonists were female.
  • Of the top 100 films of 2016, females accounted for only 32% of all speaking characters.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed at TIFF.

Since 2016, we have had an equal 50/50 gender split in selected participants for our Talent Development initiatives such as Talent Lab, Studio, and TIFF Rising Stars.
At the 2016 Festival, 29% of all selected films were directed by female filmmakers.
We regularly showcase work by female artists, including retrospectives on revered filmmakers Ida Lupino and Kathryn Bigelow, as well as the magnificent performer Anna Magnani.
But we know we can do better.

This is why TIFF has announced a five-year commitment to grow its Talent Development programmes with female-forward programming, in order to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.

"Women represent half of the population – and gave birth to the whole world. Without women writing and being directors, the rest of us are not going to know the whole story."

—Jane Campion, award-winning filmmaker

The Cost of Delivering Change

This work comes at a cost that cannot be supported by current revenue streams. To make this ambitious movement a reality, we need the support of film lovers like you. We need to raise $500,000 in 2017 to jumpstart the following initiatives:

  • Champion diversity of gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and physical and cognitive ability within gender equity initiatives;
  • Launch a three-month residency programme for emerging female creators;
  • Introduce a new producers’ accelerator programme for women;
  • Develop a speaker series to spark conversations on gender equity and gender identities in film;
  • Design comprehensive resources for educators to enhance the curriculum and support classroom discussions about women and gender in cinema;
  • Use industry data to track career trajectories and improve outcomes for women in film.

Donate Today

Prefer to make a donation by phone? Please call us at 1-888-599-TIFF (8433).

Meet the Ambassadors

Jennifer Baichwal

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Long Time Running, Watermark, Payback, Act of God, Manufactured Landscapes

Deepa Mehta

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Anatomy of Violence, Beeba Boys, Midnight's Children, Heaven on Earth, The Elements Trilogy (Water, Earth, Fire)

Carol Nguyen

Director, writer, cinematographer, editor

Facade, Every Grain of Rice, This Home is Not Empty, How Do You Pronounce Pho?, Uprooted

Omoni Oboli

Actor, writer, director

Okafor's Law, The Duplex, Being Mrs Elliot, Brother's Keeper

Ann Marie Fleming

Writer, director, animator

Window Horses, Stories Sarah Tells, Big Trees, Seven Sins: Gluttony, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

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