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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 who are poised for international success.


Deragh Campbell

Deragh Campbell is a Toronto-based actor and filmmaker. Her performance credits include I Used to Be Darker (13), Stinking Heaven (16), Fail to Appear (18), and the TIFF 2019 selection Anne at 13,000 ft, which earned her a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Lead Actress. In 2015, she was selected for the TIFF Rising Stars programme and won a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for screenwriting. MS Slavic 7 (19), which she co-directed, is her debut feature. In January 2020, she won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Jay Scott Prize.

Aliocha Schneider

Born in Paris and raised in Quebec, Aliocha Schneider spent his adolescence training to be a performer. A gifted actor and singer, he began his career on the stage at Montreal’s Théâtre du Rideau Vert, where he played the role of Momo in the stage adaptation of La Vie devant soi.

Television proved a natural fit for the versatile young actor. From 2009 to 2013, he starred as Carl Bresson in the Télé-Québec dramatic series Tactik, and has since made appearances on Vrak’s Horrorarium, TVA’s Les Jeunes loups and Yamaska, and Radio-Canada’s Belle-Baie and Les Parent, starring Anne Dorval.

He made his big-screen debut in Erik Canuel’s box-office hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop before playing opposite some of the biggest names in Quebec cinema in Lea Pool’s Ma mère est chez le coiffeur and la dernière fugue, Christian Laurence’s Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme, and Robert Morin’s Les 4 soldats.

Fluent in both English and French, Aliocha made his English-language debut in the 2013 comedy Three Night Stand, playing the “ultrasmooth and boyishly handsome art-house movie actor Anatolii” (Toronto Star). Other recent credits include a supporting role in Elodie Namar’s chess-drama The Tournament.

Watch for him this year in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival features Closet Monster, which also stars Connor Jessup and Isabella Rossellini, and Guy Edoin’s Ville-Marie, opposite Monica Bellucci.

Karelle Tremblay

Montreal-born Karelle Tremblay has been acting since she was 12, when she was cast as a series regular in Radio-Canada’s Le Club des doigts croisés. Since then, she has developed an impressive and fast-growing roster of television credits, guest starring in TVA’s Toute la vérité and Yamaska, and Radio-Canada’s hit Montreal police drama 19-2. In 2015, she was nominated for a Prix Gémeaux for Best Actress in a Web Series for her starring role as Elizabeth in Vrak’s Les Stagiaires.

Karelle transitioned to the Canadian film scene with supporting roles in Stephan Miljevic’s Amsterdam and Podz’s Miraculum, starring Xavier Dolan. Her first major film break came when she was cast as the radical young activist Julie in Mathieu Denis’ FLQ drama Corbo, an Official Selection of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

She can next be seen in Podz’s urban crime drama King Dave and in the titular role in Vrak’s Jérémie, premiering this fall. Watch for her at this year’s Festival in Les Êtres chers, from acclaimed director Anne Émond (Nuit #1).

Stephan James

Just 21 years old, Stephan James has already landed significant supporting roles in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar winner Selma and the CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes, as well as a starring role in the forthcoming Universal/Focus Features biopic Race, playing Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens.

Born and raised in Toronto, Stephan began his professional career in the Emmy-nominated series Degrassi: The Next Generation, playing the role of Julian for three seasons. He later guest-starred in the series The Listener, The L.A. Complex, and Cracked.

His major break came in 2012 with a leading role in the Toronto International Film Festival selection Home Again. Stephen received tremendous critical acclaim and a Canadian Screen Award nomination for his performance as Everton St. Clair, a British teenager deported to Jamaica for drug possession. He followed this with a supporting role in the Miramax sports drama When the Game Stands Tall.

Stephan’s impressive resume has not gone unnoticed; The Globe and Mail profiled the rising actor as one to watch for in 2015. It’s no wonder that shortly after moving to Los Angeles this year, he was cast as a series regular in NBC’s upcoming drama, Unveiled, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Watch for him in a leading role in Director X’s Undone, playing at the Festival.

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