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Canadian producer Erika Olde is making waves for women in Hollywood

The producer behind TIFF '17's Woman Walks Ahead talks about carving out a career by being unapologetically yourself

Sep 3, 2017

Women in the director's chair at TIFF '17

The Future is Female-identified

Aug 23, 2017

How Do You Define Yourself?

Ann Marie Fleming fulfilled her dream of writing and animating feature films by telling stories about her family

Aug 28, 2017

There is no “male" or “female” when it comes to making a good movie

Filmmaker Omoni Oboli shares how she put Nigerian cinema on the map

Aug 18, 2017

TIFF LONG TAKE Ep. 24: The Biggest Challenges Facing Emerging Filmmakers

How does the next generation get their films made?

Aug 10, 2017

What Can Straight White Guys Do to Help Women in Film?

The female filmmakers of the Canadian Screen Awards share some constructive advice

Mar 14, 2017

Deepa Mehta Shares Her Journey in Film (Death Threats Included)

The acclaimed filmmaker details why women must make films and live life on their own terms

Jul 30, 2017

Meet Carol Nguyen

The 19-year-old wunderkind has won Jump Cuts three times

Jul 27, 2017

A Mandate to Change

Jennifer Baichwal on the film industry's gender imbalance

Jul 25, 2017

TIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. We will prioritize gender parity with a focus on mentorship, skills development, media literacy, and activity for young people.

Donate today to help TIFF support and empower female voices. Gifts of all sizes make a difference and will be matched by generous donors Betty-Ann Heggie and Anne-Marie Canning, doubling your impact.

Our Share Her Journey Ambassadors each inject their vital perspective into today’s film industry. Their creativity, passion, and drive are leading the way for the next generation of female filmmakers to tell their stories, providing audiences with outstanding narratives and role models.

Unfortunately, there is a considerable lack of incredible female storytellers in key creative and decision-making roles in the film industry:

  • Of the top 250 films of 2016, only 7% were directed by women.
  • Of the top 100 films of 2016, only 29% of all protagonists were female.
  • Of the top 100 films of 2016, females accounted for only 32% of all speaking characters.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed at TIFF.

Since 2016, we have had an equal 50/50 gender split in selected participants for our Talent Development initiatives such as Talent Lab, Studio, and TIFF Rising Stars.
At the 2016 Festival, 29% of all selected films were directed by female filmmakers.
We regularly showcase work by female artists, including retrospectives on revered filmmakers Ida Lupino and Kathryn Bigelow, as well as the magnificent performer Anna Magnani.

The Plan

This work comes at a cost that cannot be supported by current revenue streams. To make this ambitious movement a reality, we need the support of film lovers like you. We need to raise $500,000 in 2017 to jumpstart the following initiatives:

  • Champion diversity of gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and physical and cognitive ability within gender equity initiatives;
  • Launch a three-month residency programme for emerging female creators;
  • Introduce a new producers’ accelerator programme for women;
  • Develop a speaker series to spark conversations on gender equity and gender identities in film;
  • Design comprehensive resources for educators to enhance the curriculum and support classroom discussions about women and gender in cinema;
  • Use industry data to track career trajectories and improve outcomes for women in film.

"Achieving gender parity within the film industry is vital. But, more than anything, I’d love to see the cultivation and celebration of female auteurs – women exercising their unique authorial voices in their own ways is where I see radical changes brimming in cinema."

—Ashley McKenzie, award-winning filmmaker

Meet the Ambassadors

The Share Her Journey Ambassadors have joined a movement to champion female storytellers, supporting TIFF's commitment to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.

Priyanka Chopra

Actor, producer, and activist

Fashion, What’s Your Raashee?, Mary Kom, Quantico

Erika J. Olde

Producer; President and Founder of Black Bicycle Entertainment

Home Again, Woman Walks Ahead, November Criminals, The Female Brain, A Tale of Love and Darkness

Jill Soloway

Writer, director, and creator

Transparent, Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under

Jennifer Baichwal

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Long Time Running, Watermark, Payback, Act of God, Manufactured Landscapes

Deepa Mehta

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Anatomy of Violence, Beeba Boys, Midnight's Children, Heaven on Earth, The Elements Trilogy (Water, Earth, Fire)

Stella Meghie

Writer, director, producer

Everything Everything, Jean of the Joneses, Recovering Undercover Over Lover

Ann Marie Fleming

Writer, director, animator

Window Horses, Stories Sarah Tells, Big Trees, Seven Sins: Gluttony, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

Omoni Oboli

Actor, writer, director

Okafor's Law, The Duplex, Being Mrs Elliot, Brother's Keeper

Ashley McKenzie

Writer, director, editor

Werewolf, 4 Quarters, Stray, When You Sleep, Rhonda's Party

Carol Nguyen

Director, writer, cinematographer, editor

Facade, Every Grain of Rice, This Home is Not Empty, How Do You Pronounce Pho?, Uprooted


Thanks for supporting Share Her Journey at some of Toronto's biggest events!

Janel Parrish on Grease

November 27, 2017 - Grease star Janel Parrish visited TIFF Bell Lightbox for an intimate conversation about her career on the stage (and off), followed by the 1978 musical film starring Olivia Newton-John.


November 2, 2017 - We lived forever at boombox — a building-wide, Fame-inspired adventure at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Share Her Journey Short Film Programme

October 14, 2017 - As part of its campaign to champion female storytellers, TIFF presented a collection of short films from some of the world's most exciting emerging female voices.

TIFF Soirée

September 6, 2017 - Actor, producer, and activist Priyanka Chopra was the guest of honour at TIFF Soirée, an annual fundraiser that kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival.

Donate Today

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