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Talent Accelerator

TIFF Talent Accelerator is a programme that provides year-round mentorship to a select group of women who are emerging producers, directors, and screenwriters in Canada. A shortlist of candidates, created through an internal nomination system from TIFF’s network of industry contacts and alumni, will be presented to a committee that will select six outstanding women: two producers, two directors, and two screenwriters. With the goal of fast-tracking careers and projects, TIFF Industry will provide programming to spur artistic, professional, and project development.

This opportunity is made possible by generous donations to TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign.

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The 2020 Talent Accelerator Participants

Lindsay Blair Goeldner

Lindsay Blair Goeldner is a film producer based in Toronto. She has a degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and completed the Producers’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. The feature documentary There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace (20), which she helped produce, won the Hot Docs Rogers Audience Award. She currently has a number of projects in pre-production and production, including The Archivist, a feature documentary about Sur Rodney (Sur); The Morning After, a web series about queer history in Toronto’s West End; and I Like Movies, a feature about a video-store clerk in 2003. In April 2020, Goeldner became the Director of Production at Fae Pictures.

Asia Youngman

Asia Youngman is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. Her films have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Her first film, Lelum’ (17), won Best Documentary Short at imagineNATIVE, and her latest film, This Ink Runs Deep (19), won Best Documentary Short at the Calgary International Film Festival. She is an alumna from the Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women and the Berlinale DocSalon Toolbox Programme, and a participant in the 2020 Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative. She is currently working on her short dramedy Hatha through the Harold Greenberg Fund's BC Shorts Program, and is in development on her first feature film.

Priscilla Galvez

Priscilla Galvez is a Filipino-Canadian producer and director based in Toronto. She has produced television, feature films, digital series, and short documentaries for Syfy, Netflix, CW, the National Film Board of Canada, and CBC. Her work has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca, Fantastic Fest, and Canneseries. She enjoys collaborating with innovative filmmakers who push boundaries and tell untold stories. Recently, she produced the feature film Islands, currently in post-production, and Sing Me a Lullaby, a short documentary she co-produced that will have its world premiere at TIFF 2020. She is currently in production on the short documentary Until Further Notice, commissioned through the CBC Creative Relief Fund. She has several features in development, including the body-horror creature feature Blood Baby.

Luis De Filippis

Luis De Filippis is a Canadian-Italian trans femme filmmaker whose work celebrates otherness and employs a fierce female gaze. Their work has played at festivals such as TIFF, Rotterdam, and BFI Flare. Their most recent work, For Nonna Anna (17), won the Best Short Narrative Award at the Atlanta International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Their films have been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, MuchFACT, The Movie Network, and HBO Canada. They attended the 2018 TIFF Filmmaker Lab as a Francis/Edwards Fellow. Currently, they are working on their debut feature, a hybrid documentary/fiction film called Mother’s Day, with funding from Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program. They are also in development on the fiction feature Something You Said Last Night, with funding from the Canadian Film Centre and Cinereach.

Adrianna DiLonardo

Adrianna DiLonardo is a screenwriter from Toronto. She graduated with a BFA in photography from Youngstown State University and an MFA in contemporary art history from OCAD University. Her debut feature film, Almost Adults (16), premiered at Inside Out. Her second feature film, Nobody Famous (17), premiered at the Whistler Film Festival, followed by her short film Dear Claire (18), which was made for Sony Pictures as part of the YouTube Space Director’s Lab. She is currently in development on two feature films: ExMas, with Comedy Dynamics, and Light Years, which was selected for the Canadian Film Centre’s 2018 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange program, received script development support from Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund, and was shortlisted for the TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award. She is also in development on The Lavender Room, a scripted series with Epic Story Media.

Sasha Leigh Henry

Sasha Leigh Henry is a Toronto-based filmmaker and content producer. Her film Bitches Love Brunch screened at festivals internationally before being acquired by CBC Gem. As a producer, her credits include Randall Okita's Canadian Screen Award winner The Lockpicker (16) and Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s upcoming sophomore film, Black Bodies. Henry is currently wrapping up her latest short, Sinking Ship, and is in development with New Metric Media for an original comedy series about a millennial Black woman and her imaginary hype girl. A frequent panellist and speaker, she is also an alumna of POV 3rd Street, Black Women Film!, and RBC’s emerging artist spotlight.