Each year, TIFF Rising Stars showcases new Canadian and international acting talent during the Toronto International Film Festival, placing the emphasis on the next generation poised for international success.
The Canadian and international actors who are selected for the program are immersed in a series of public events and private industry meetings during the Festival. They undertake professional development with international casting directors, filmmakers, producers, and industry executives, and also have front-row access at some of the biggest red-carpet events at the Festival. TIFF Rising Stars alumni include Stephan James, Tatiana Maslany, and Sarah Gadon.
Canadian actors need to apply. International participants will be chosen based on films in Official Selection at TIFF.
The TIFF Rising Stars programme is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 20–40 years old.
Materials Applicants must provide the following materials in support of their application:
Clip and Video Submission Protocol All clips and the video self-interview must be submitted electronically as a Vimeo link through the TIFF Rising Stars application form. NOTE: one of the film clips should be from the film that has been submitted to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (if applicable); the other clip can be from a previous feature/short film or TV show, in which the applicant had a principal role. Please read the following before you submit the link to your clips:
IMPORTANT: TIFF takes the applicant's confidentiality seriously and the Vimeo links will not be shared with any third parties. Access to TIFF Rising Stars clips and applications is limited to the TIFF Rising Stars programming team and Jury members. While in TIFF’s possession, all clips are securely stored. No duplication of the clips is permitted.
Video Self-Interview Applicants will need to answer three questions in a video self-interview. Maximum length of the entire video should be no longer than three minutes.
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The 2018 class of selected actors consists of Devery Jacobs, Lamar Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, Jess Salgueiro, Stéphane Bak, Ahmed Malek, Josh Wiggins, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox.
The 2016 class of selected actors consists of Grace Glowicki, Jared Abrahamson, Mylene Mackay, Oc Ukeje, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, and Sophie Nélisse.
The 2014 class of selected actors consists of Alexandre Landry, Julia Sarah Stone, Shannon Kook and Sophie Desmarais.