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TIFF Rising Stars

Each year, TIFF Rising Stars showcases new Canadian and international acting talent during the Toronto International Film Festival — placing the emphasis on the next generation poised for success.

The actors who are selected for the programme are immersed in a series of public events and private industry meetings during the Festival. They undertake professional development with international casting directors, filmmakers, producers, and industry executives. The actors are also front-row centre at some of the biggest red-carpet events at the Festival. TIFF Rising Stars alumni include Stephan James, Tatiana Maslany, and Sarah Gadon.

Group of Rising Stars posing on TIFF red carpet

2021 TIFF Rising Stars

This year’s TIFF Rising Stars will be lead actors in Official Selection feature films at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.

The four actors will be selected by TIFF’s Industry and Festival Programming teams. For further inquiries about the Rising Stars programme, please contact




2020 Rising Stars

The 2020 class of selected actors consists of Sheila Atim, Tanya Maniktala, Rainbow Dickerson, and Madeleine Sims-Fewer.


2019 Rising Stars

The 2019 class of selected actors consists of Shamier Anderson, Kacey Rohl, Nahéma Ricci, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Chino Darín, Geraldine Viswanathan, Josefine Frida, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.


2018 Rising Stars

The 2018 class of selected actors consists of Devery Jacobs, Lamar Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, Jess Salgueiro, Stéphane Bak, Ahmed Malek, Josh Wiggins, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox.


2017 Rising Stars

The 2017 class of selected actors consists of Theodore Pellerin, Ellen Wong, Mary Galloway, Vinnie Bennett, Jessie Buckley, Lina El Arabi, and Mamoudou Athie.


2016 Rising Stars

The 2016 class of selected actors consists of Grace Glowicki, Jared Abrahamson, Mylene Mackay, Oc Ukeje, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, and Sophie Nélisse.


2015 Rising Stars

The 2015 class of selected actors consists of Aliocha Schneider, Deragh Campbell, Karelle Tremblay and Stephan James.


2014 Rising Stars

The 2014 class of selected actors consists of Alexandre Landry, Julia Sarah Stone, Shannon Kook and Sophie Desmarais.


2013 Rising Stars

The 2013 class of selected actors consists of Cara Gee, Evelyne Brochu, Jonathan Sousa and Megan Park.


2012 Rising Stars

The inaugral Rising Stars class of selected actors consists of Charlie Carrick, Charlotte Sullivan, Connor Jessup and Tatiana Maslany.