TIFF Every Story Accelerator, part of the RBC Screen Creators’ Initiative supported by the RBC Foundation, is a new programme that aims to help advance projects from emerging creators with diverse backgrounds, who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ and/or from other equity-deserving groups. Each year, two producer/director teams with feature-length projects in post-production will receive targeted support to pitch their projects to industry decision-makers in three key markets. Both participating teams in 2023 will receive a Micki Moore Fellowship, supported by Toronto-based broadcaster, journalist and actor Micki Moore.
Eva Thomas is a director, writer, and producer. She recently directed episodes for CBC’s Still Standing and wrote for CTV’s comedy series Shelved, CBC Gem’s Zarqa, the CTV/APTN series Acting Good, and the upcoming Crave/APTN series Don’t Even. Thomas completed the BIPOC TV & FILM Showrunners’ Bootcamp and the Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module. She was also part of the Indigenous Producer Delegation at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. As an Associate Producer, Thomas contributed to the feature film Night Raiders, directed by Danis Goulet. She also worked as a Director’s Assistant on Darlene Naponse’s Stellar and Director Shadow on Gail Maurice’s ROSIE. Thomas directed her short film, Redlights, and is currently developing a feature film script based on it, supported by Telefilm and the Indigenous Screen Office. Most recently, she served as Executive Producer for Kaniehtiio Horn’s feature film directorial debut, Seeds.
Kaniehtiio Horn is a Mohawk actress, writer, director, producer, and podcaster from Kahnawake, a reserve outside of Montreal. She recently starred in the Lionsgate feature Alice, Darling, opposite Anna Kendrick; and the Peacock series Rutherford Falls, opposite Ed Helms and created by Sierra Teller Ornelas. She currently appears in the scene stealing role of Deer Lady in the critically acclaimed FX/Hulu series Reservation Dogs. Horn has wrapped production on her directorial debut Seeds, an independent film she also wrote, produced, and starred in. Other credits include the Hulu comedy series Letterkenny, for which she was given the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Comedy Series, as well as the Nat Geo series Barkskins, created by Elwood Reid. Horn also serves as a producer on Shoresy, the spinoff of Letterkenny. Next, Horn will voice a role in the upcoming Fox animated series Grimsburg.
Enrique Miguel Baniqued’s remarkable journey began as an enterprising force at De La Salle University Manila, where he ignited his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to his move to Toronto in 2019, he spearheaded a groundbreaking startup, transforming everyday products for students and corporations, showcasing his innate talent for revolutionizing the ordinary. Embracing the power of storytelling, Baniqued embarked on a passion-fuelled project titled Soul Surfer’s Podcast. Its compelling mission was to spotlight the environmental battle against a looming coal plant in a serene surf town. Baniqued’s dedication made the podcast a catalyst for change, successfully halting construction by early 2021. Today, Baniqued’s creative brilliance graces prestigious Toronto entities such as Destination Toronto, the City of Toronto, The Academy, The JUNOS, and CBC’s Family Feud Canada, as well as various local commercial production companies. Inspired by the global resonance of South Korean cinema, Baniqued strives to replicate that success with Filipino stories as he aims to bring captivating narratives to audiences worldwide. Baniqued’s journey exemplifies the power of storytelling as a force for change, underscoring his commitment to amplifying underrepresented stories and making the world a better place, one narrative at a time.
At the service of every story, award-winning filmmaker Karen Chapman strives to center work that is grounded in impact. Her background in documentary storytelling nurtures a voice and style that is compelling, compassionate, and cinematic. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University. She is an alumnus of the Banff Centre, Women in the Director Chair, the CaribbeanTales Incubator, the HotDocs Accelerator, Norman Jewison’s Directors Program at the Canadian Film Centre, the TIFF Talent Lab, and the TIFF Accelerator for 2019. Her CFC thesis film, Measure, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, and won the International Hollywood Foreign Press and Residency Award at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. Chapman’s most recent film, Quiet Minds Silent Streets, premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival, and won Best Documentary film at the Canadian Film Festival.