TIFF Industry: Talent Development


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TIFF runs tailored professional development programmes to help talented filmmakers fast-track their careers and projects. The range on offer includes bespoke opportunities for writers, directors, and actors.

TIFF’s Talent Development programmes are supported in part by the Share Her Journey campaign, which is committed to increasing the participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.



Talent Page Writers Studio Bucket

Writers’ Studio

For writers from all over the world, in early-stage development for original or adapted narrative feature-film screenplays.

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TIFF CBC Diverse Screenwriters Grant - Bottom Left

TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award

A cash award is provided to the Canadian writer of an outstanding feature-film screenplay. Presented in partnership with CBC Films.

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Filmmaker Lab

Held annually during the Toronto International Film Festival, the Lab is an artistic development programme for aspiring Canadian and international filmmakers.

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Micki Moore Residency

A programme for women who are outstanding Canadian screenwriters has been established to elevate and support talent. The Residency is being generously supported by Toronto-based broadcaster, journalist, and actor Micki Moore.

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Talent Accelerator

This programme provides year-round mentorship to a select group of women who are emerging producers, directors, and screenwriters in Canada.

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Rising Stars

TIFF Rising Stars is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting Canadian and international cinema and talent on the world stage. This programme showcases new talent from all over the world, putting an emphasis on the next generation of actors poised for international success.

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