Twelve screenwriters and creatives from Canada will join local and international industry experts to participate in TIFF's Studio 2017.
The 12 people will be a part of the newly formatted Studio event that will focus on storytelling to provide inspiring workshops to bring out screenwriters' abilities, according to an announcement.
The Canadian Studio 2017 participants include Adam Garnet Jones, Ashley McKenzie, Eisha Marjara, Igor Drljaca, Joyce Wong, Kevan Funk, Linsey Stewart, Mark Slutsky, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Molly McGlynn, Simon Ennis and Tracey Deer.
Kathleen Drumm, TIFF’s industry director, said the program has helped to launch the country’s most talented screen creatives into the global film industry.
“We’re delighted to welcome this exceptionally talented group, as they elevate their screenwriting projects to the next level,” Drumm said in the release. “Since it launched in 2012, TIFF Studio has proved successful in preparing Canada’s best and brightest talent for the global film industry. This year we recognise that every great story begins with a great script.”
The Studio 2017 program will run monthly through January at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with mentoring sessions on the development of scripts and on pitching and creating memorable characters. Participants will also get industry passes to the Toronto International Film Festival and to Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.