The TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award will provide $15,000 to a Canadian writer of an outstanding feature-film screenplay, supporting them to develop their project. The Award is open to experienced screenwriters who are women, and/or who belong to an equity-seeking group, and/or who identify as a person with a disability. Applicants must have a writer or director credit on a feature film that has been presented at one of this Award’s recognized festivals. Our commitment is to fund the development of high-quality productions that reflect, represent, and reframe diverse perspectives through character-driven stories at the centre of the Canadian experience.
The winner of the 2022 Award is Boris Rodriguez, for his screenplay Zoila and Andy.
Boris Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. His first film, Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss), premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery section, and was later selected for a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His feature debut, Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012), was selected for film festivals including Tribeca and Karlovy Vary and won the Mélies d’Argent award for best European fantasy feature at the Leeds International Film Festival. On the heels of Eddie’s success, Rodriguez was selected to participate in NBCUniversal’s Emerging Directors Program, where he was coached to direct episodes for their scripted series on SyFy and USA. Rodriguez is currently developing several projects, including the features Covet, Blood Avocados and Butterflies, and Zoila and Andy. He is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and holds Canadian, Cuban, and Mexican citizenships as well as a US work permit.