The 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten official selection tells us that 2018 is a year to celebrate the standout achievements of a stellar group of first and second-time feature filmmakers. We sit down with four break-out directors to talk about the paths to their features, what is next for them creatively, and how we, as the industry and audience, can support their development.
Sadaf Foroughi was born in Tehran, Iran, and holds a master's degree in film studies from the University of Provence. She is the director and writer of a number of short films, such as Féminin, Masculin (07), The Kid and the Kite (09), and La dernière scène (11). Ava (17) is her feature film debut.
Kyle Rideout is a Vancouver-based writer, director, and actor. His films include the feature Eadweard (15), and the shorts Hop the Twig (11) and Wait for Rain (11). Adventures in Public School (17) is his latest feature.
Carlos Sanchez is a fine-art photographer and filmmaker from Montreal. He studied at Concordia University with his brother Jason. Their work is housed in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Allure (17) is his feature debut.
Jason Sanchez is a fine-art photographer and filmmaker from Montreal. He studied at Concordia University with his brother Carlos. Their work is housed in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Allure (17) is his feature debut.
Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer of Festival Programming at TIFF, is responsible for the organization’s Canadian programming initiatives, including the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival and the year-round Canadian Open Vault programme, which offers a free showcase of homegrown classics. As a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, Gravestock has selected Canadian features since 2004, and is also responsible for selections from the Philippines and the Nordic Region. Many of the films he has programmed have gone on to be nominated for Academy Awards, among them Petter Næss’ Elling, Mikael Hafstrom's Evil, Denis Villeneuve's Incendies, Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar, and Susanne Bier’s In a Better World, which took home the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.
Gravestock has written extensively on cinema for many publications including the Toronto Star, POV Magazine,