TIFF Studio 2017 Participants

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Adam Garnet Jones

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree, Métis, and Danish) has written and directed a series of award-winning films that have toured the international film circuit. Jones released his first feature-length film, Fire Song, at TIFF in 2015 (now screening on Netflix in the US), and his second feature, Great Great Great, picked up awards for “Best Film,” “Best Screenplay,” and “Best Performance” at the 2017 Canadian Film Festival. He is currently developing a feature film called Kill All Fathers, and a dramatic TV series called Unfit.

Ashley McKenzie

Ashley McKenzie lives on Cape Breton Island on the Eastern coast of Canada. Her debut feature, Werewolf, screened at TIFF ‘16 and Berlinale, won the Grand Prix Focus QC/Canada at Festival du nouveau cinema, and was included in the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. McKenzie is the latest recipient of the Jay Scott Prize, which recognizes an emerging talent who is positively affecting the direction of Canadian cinema. Her short film work includes Rhonda’s Party (10), When You Sleep (12), Stray (13), and 4 Quarters (15).

Eisha Marjara

Eisha Marjara drew attention from the industry with her NFB feature docudrama Desperately Seeking Helen, which was described as “one of the most auspicious film debuts on the Canadian scene.” It received the Criticʼs Choice Award at the Locarno Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the München Dokumentarfilm Festival. Her transgender short drama House for Sale received multiple awards at various festivals. She just completed her first fiction feature film, Venus. Marjara’s new film, Calorie, was selected for the 2016 Goa Film Bazaar co-production market and the Praxis Screenwriters Lab, mentored by screenwriter Guinevere Turner (American Psycho).

Igor Drljaca

Igor Drljaca was born in Sarajevo and moved to Canada in 1993, where he went on to complete his M.A. in Film Production at York University in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Art Council’s K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Media Arts and is a two-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. His award-winning short films Woman in Purple (10) and The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (11) have screened at hundreds of festivals. His critically acclaimed feature Krivina (12) screened at TIFF and Rotterdam, and his second feature, The Waiting Room (15), played at festivals around the world, including Locarno, TIFF, Torino, and Rotterdam. His Bosnian-set screenplay, Tabija, won Cinemart’s Eurimages prize and was part of the prestigious Cannes l’Atelier program. Drljaca currently runs the production company TimeLapse Pictures with his producing partner Albert Shin (In Her Place).

Joyce Wong

Joyce Wong is a writer and director based in Toronto. Her films have played at festivals worldwide, and her work often features an idiosyncratic tone and tongue-in-cheek comedy. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus and the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab, and has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Most recently, she completed her first feature, Wexford Plaza, which premiered at the Torino Film Festival, screened in competition at the Slamdance Film Festival, and won the 2017 Best Narrative Feature Award at the Center for Asian American Media.

Kevan Funk

Kevan Funk is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened and won awards at various prestigious festivals worldwide. His feature film debut, Hello Destroyer, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and went on to win a number of awards, including the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at VIFF. His short film A Fine Young Man (10) premiered at TIFF and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival. His shorts Yellowhead (11) and Bison (14) both premiered at TIFF and were named to Canada's Top Ten in their respective years. Funk’s short Destroyer (12), developed through the TIFF Talent Lab, was runner-up for the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award. His music video for BRAIDS' “Miniskirt” was shortlisted for the 2016 Prism Prize.

Linsey Stewart

Linsey is a WGA award–winning filmmaker whose first feature, I Put a Hit On You, premiered at Slamdance. Together with her directing, writing, and life partner Dane Clark, she has directed several shorts, including the Vimeo Staff Pick Long Branch, which made the Viewfinder list of “Top 10 Shorts” voted on by Hollywood executives. They were named “People to Watch” by the Toronto Star and are developing their next feature Merv with Matt Baer Films in the United States. Stewart has also written for the shows Being Erica and Mr. D.

Mark Slutsky

Mark Slutsky is an award-winning writer and director based in Montreal. His shorts Never Happened (15) and Sorry, Rabbi (2011) both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, with the former making its international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. He co-directed and produced the animated short I’m One, Too! (13) for the 44th season of Sesame Street. Slutsky’s feature work includes co-writing and co-producing the comedy Peepers (10) and writing the documentary The Fruit Hunters (12) with director Yung Chang. He is currently developing a feature version of The Decelerators with Depth of Field in Los Angeles, and the feature You Can Live Forever with Montreal’s Prospector Films. Slutsky is also the creator of the acclaimed web project Sad YouTube, which has been featured in Newsweek, Slate, NPR’s On the Media, and elsewhere around the world.

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos is an actor, writer, and director from Toronto. He starred in and wrote Bruce McDonald’s The Husband (13), which premiered at TIFF. His directorial debut, Ape Sodom (16), also premiered at TIFF and has played over 20 festivals worldwide, winning Jury Prizes at both Slamdance and CUFF. His next short film, Midnight Confession, is currently in post-production. He continues to work as an actor and has two feature films (both written by himself and Rob Benvie) in development with Scythia Films and MEMORY.

Molly McGlynn

Molly McGlynn is an award-winning writer and director based in Toronto. Her short films I Am Not a Weird Person, Shoes, Given Your History, and 3-Way (Not Calling), which debuted at TIFF in 2016, have received festival and online acclaim. She is the recipient of the Corus “Fearless Female Director’s Award” and is an alumna of Queen’s University, Humber College, and the Writers' Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. Her first feature film, Mary Goes Round, is currently in post-production.

Simon Ennis

Simon Ennis is the award-winning writer and director of the comic documentary Lunarcy! and the dark comedy feature You Might As Well Live, as well as several short films. His work has screened at TIFF, SXSW, IDFA, Slamdance, Fantasia, True/False, Telluride Mountainfilm, and VIFF, among others, and has been reviewed in the New York Times, Variety, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, and IndieWire.

Tracey Deer

Award-winning Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer has multiple credits to her name as an executive producer, writer, and director in both documentary and fiction film. Her work has been honoured with two Gemini Awards and has earned acclaim from multiple film festivals, including Hot Docs and DOXA. In 2016, she was a recipient of the Birks Diamond Tribute Award at TIFF. She is currently in pre-production on the fifth and final season of Mohawk Girls with her showrunning partner Cynthia Knight, and has been nominated for “Best Director of a Comedy Series” for two years running at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Meredith Vuchnich

Meredith Vuchnich's work as a screenwriter spans genres and forms, and is noted for its emotional richness and fantastic sense of humour. Her feature scripts in development include Khush Khush (with director Richie Mehta) and Beans (co-written with writer-director Tracey Deer). She previously adapted the novel The White Bone (with producers Jody Colero and Bruce McDonald). Vuchnich's extensive writing for Canadian television includes work on Remedy, Regenesis, Godiva’s, and Train 48. She has also created numerous TV series for network development and acted as a story editor for the film Heartbeat, which premiered at TIFF in 2014. She is currently writing her first novel, Concussion Mom, inspired by her back-to-back brain injuries. Vuchnich holds an M.A in theatre from Northwestern University and graduated from the CFC TV Writing Programme.

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