This residency programme was established for women who are outstanding Canadian feature-film screenwriters, to elevate and support talent. Each year, one writer will be provided with the opportunity to work and be mentored in the heart of Toronto’s dynamic downtown district, so they may develop their feature-film screenplay. A jury of leading screen-industry professionals will decide the winner. The Residency, which began in 2018, will run for five years until 2022. It is being generously supported by Toronto-based actor, journalist, and author Micki Moore, in response to TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign.
Atefeh Khademolreza was born in Iran. She studied under the late maestro Abbas Kiarostami before immigrating to Canada. Her works are concerned with the experience of disorientation, both culturally and socially. She expresses herself within poetic and experimental cinematic traditions. She has made 16 short films that have been showcased and awarded in many festivals globally, including Berlinale, Vienna, and Bogota. She has an MFA in Film Production from York University and is currently developing her first feature film.