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Toronto, Aug 24 (Canadian-Media): Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced Aug 24, that Tracey Deer director of Beans, would be the recipient of the TIFF Emerging Talent Award, as part of the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards, to be presented by L ’Oréal Paris and supported by MGM, TIFF reports said.
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This event would be broadcast on CTV during this year’s 45th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and streamed to a global audience by Variety.
TIFF's commitment to championing women and diverse voices in front of and behind the camera, is highlighted in the selection of a woman by TIFF and MGM for the award.
Of all the titles in this year’s lineup, 43 percent are directed, co-directed, or created by women, and a strong 49 percent of titles are directed, co-directed, or created by Black, Indigenous, or People of color (POC) filmmakers.
Tracey Deer’s film and TV credits include the documentaries One More River: The Deal that Split the Cree, Club Native, and Kanien’kehá:ka: Living the Language, as well as the critically acclaimed series Mohawk Girls, which was nominated for Best Comedy at the Canadian Screen Awards and earned Deer a nomination for Best Direction in a Comedy Series.
Deer was also honoured at TIFF as a recipient of the Birks Diamond Tribute Award on behalf of the series. Her debut feature, Beans, will screen at at TIFF this September.
The story of the film is inspired by her own experiences is about a coming-of-age story about a young Mohawk girl during the Oka Crisis in 1990.
The script, written by Deer and Meredith Vuchnich, was supported by the TIFF Studio programme, and in 2019, both women won the TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award.
Deer also participated in TIFF’s Filmmaker Lab (2018); Studio (2017) and Pitch This! (2017).
“We’re thrilled to honour TIFF alumna Tracey Deer at the TIFF Tribute Awards this year as she debuts her first feature, Beans,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head of TIFF.
“Tracey is an authentic, leading Indigenous voice globally and one the industry should watch closely.”
“Tracey Deer is a powerhouse talent,” said Michael De Luca, MGM’s Motion Picture Group Chairman. “Her singular voice and honest depictions of modern Indigenous youth culture have stood out to both audiences and critics alike, and MGM is thrilled to join TIFF in honouring her with the 2020 TIFF Emerging Talent Award.”
Deer is one of six women who have graduated from TIFF Talent Development initiatives with work at this year’s Festival.
On Friday, September 11 at 6pm, the public will have the opportunity to join a live discussion with Academy Award–winning actor Halle Berry as she discusses her directorial debut, Bruised.
In Conversation With… virtual event would reveal all aspects of Berry’s experience directing the film, in which she also stars and will also provide a first-person discussion about her film and television career, spanning 30 years.
With free registration, this event is made even more special by being part of the Share Her Journey campaign, which empowers women behind and in front of the camera with a focus on mentorship, skills development, and other opportunities for emerging women creators.
Speakers at this year’s Industry Conference represents a 50/50 gender split, as do TIFF Talent Development initiatives such as TIFF Studio and Filmmaker Lab.
All of the TIFF Rising Stars, for the first time, are women.
Celebrating its 10th year, TIFF Rising Stars, presented by OLG, is an annual professional development programme presenting a unique selection of actors from around the globe through a variety of events and industry meetings during the Festival.
TIFF is delighted to announce that the four Rising Stars for 2020 are: Sheila Atim (Bruised), Rainbow Dickerson (Beans), Tanya Maniktala (A Suitable Boy), and Madeleine Sims-Fewer (Violation). Notable alumni of this programme include Stephan James (Selma, If Beale Street Could Talk, Golden Globe winner for Homecoming), Tatiana Maslany (Stronger, The Other Half, Emmy winner for Orphan Black), Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace, Maps to the Stars, A Dangerous Method), Jessie Buckley (Judy, Wild Rose, Chernobyl), and Shamier Anderson (Bruised; Endings, Beginnings). This year’s Rising Stars will have the opportunity to connect with critically acclaimed actors David Oyelowo, Hiam Abbass, and Tantoo Cardinal.
Also showing TIFF’s commitment to professional development opportunities for women who are emerging creators, TIFF has unveiled Molly McGlynn as the recipient of a 10-week of the Micki Moore Residency for 2020, mentorship from a script consultant, Industry accreditation for the Festival, and $3,000 towards developing her screenwriting project.
The screenwriting residency for women is supported by Toronto journalist and broadcaster Micki Moore and Share Her Journey.
McGlynn, an Ambassador for Share Her Journey, will receive The TIFF Tribute Awards will be broadcast on Tuesday, September 15, at 8pm ET/PT on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found, during the 45th edition of the TIFF.
The Awards will be streamed to a global audience by Variety.
The 45th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10–19, 2020.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)