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Women in the director's chair at TIFF '17

The Future is Female-identified

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Aug 23, 2017

A 19-year-old Gothic novelist gives life to a monster, an outspoken feminist enters a winner-takes-all tennis match against the patriarchy, and a Jamaican-born New Wave icon becomes a “high-flying bitch”: these are the films of TIFF ’17 — and they’re all directed by women.

One-third (33.6%) of the films selected for the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival are directed by women, with an even higher number of female-identified short filmmakers at Festival (42.4%) and the director-driven Platform programme at gender parity. Films by women at Festival this year include the solo directorial debuts of actors Greta Gerwig, Brie Larson, and Molly Parker, as well as new work by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Dee Rees, and documentarians Alanis Obomsawin, Agnès Varda, and Jennifer Baichwal.

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

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Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent

TIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. Join the movement by donating today to Share Her Journey and help TIFF empower female voices.

“By supporting female filmmakers, you can make sure the stories women are longing to hear are told truthfully,” says Share Her Journey ambassador Omoni Oboli. “Not only does it empower the filmmakers, but it also helps an audience to see the possibilities of women, instead of our limitations.”

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Woman Walks Ahead

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Battle of the Sexes

The full list of films directed by women at TIFF ’17:

(100ft) - Directed by Minjung Kim
Airport - Directed by Michaela Müller
Alanis - Directed by Anahí Berneri
Alias Grace - Directed by Mary Harron
Angels Wear White (Jia Nian Hua) - Directed by Vivian Qu
AVA - Directed by Sadaf Foroughi
Azmaish: A Journey through the Subcontinent - Directed by Sabiha Sumar
Battle Of The Sexes - Directed by Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton
Beyond the One - Directed by Anna Marziano

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Angels Wear White

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Looking For Oum Kulthum

Beyond Words - Directed by Urszula Antoniak
Bickford Park - Directed by Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart
Bird - Directed by Molly Parker
Blue Christmas - Directed by Charlotte Wells
BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat - Directed by Sara Driver
Caniba - Directed by Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Catastrophe - Directed by Jamille van Wijngaarden
Cocaine Prison (Los Burritos) - Directed by Violeta Ayala
Configuration in Black and White (Konfiguration schwarz und weiss) - Directed by Helga Fanderl
Creatura Dada - Directed by Caroline Monnet
Dark River - Directed by Clio Barnard

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Alias Grace

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The Deuce

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Creatura Dada

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Drop By Drop - Directed by Xá, Laura Gonçalves
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars - Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck
Euphoria - Directed by Lisa Langseth
Everlasting Mom - Directed by Elinor Nechemya
Faces Places (Visages Villages) - Directed by Agnès Varda, JR
Fire - Directed by Lucy Parker
First They Killed My Father - Directed by Angelina Jolie
Five Minutes - Directed by Justine Bateman
From Source to Poem - Directed by Rosa Barba
Good Favour - Directed by Rebecca Daly

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Faces Places

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami - Directed by Sophie Fiennes
High Fantasy - Directed by Jenna Bass
I am not a Witch - Directed by Rungano Nyoni
I Didn’t Shoot Jesse James - Directed by Sophie Beaulieu
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing - Directed by Patricia Rozema
If You Saw His Heart (Si tu voyais son coeur) - Directed by Joan Chemla
Killing Jesus (Matar a Jesús) - Directed by Laura Mora
Kings - Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Kissing Candice - Directed by Aoife McArdle
La Libertad - Directed by Laura Huertas Millán

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Mary Shelley

Lady Bird - Directed by Greta Gerwig
Le fort des fous - Directed by Narimane Mari
Let the Corpses Tan - Directed by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Licht - Directed by Barbara Albert
Long Distance Relationship - Directed by Carolina Markowicz
Long Time Running - Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier
Looking for Oum Kulthum - Directed by Shirin Neshat
Mademoiselle Paradis - Directed by Barbara Albert
Magic Moments - Directed by Martina Buchelová
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts - Directed by Mouly Surya

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La Libertad

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Rose Gold

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Marlina The Murderer

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Meditation Park

Marlon - Directed by Jessica Palud
Mary Goes Round - Directed by Molly McGlynn
Mary Shelley - Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour
Meditation Park - Directed by Mina Shum
Messi and Maud - Directed by Marleen Jonkman
Miami - Directed by Zaida Bergroth
Milk - Directed by Heather Young
Miracle (Stebuklas) - Directed by Egle Vertelyte
Montana - Directed by Limor Shmila
Mudbound - Directed by Dee Rees
My Days of Mercy - Directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer

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Lady Bird

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First They Killed My Father

Never Steady, Never Still - Directed by Kathleen Hepburn
Novitiate - Directed by Maggie Betts
Number One - Directed by Tonie Marshall
Nuuca - Directed by Michelle Latimer
Oh Lucy! - Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
On Body and Soul - Directed by Ildikó Enyedi
One of Us - Directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Our People Will Be Healed - Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Outside In - Directed by Lynn Shelton
Pixillation - Directed by Anne Charlotte Robertson

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Push It

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Still Waters Run Deep

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Beyond Words

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Plonger - Directed by Mélanie Laurent
Porcupine Lake - Directed by Ingrid Veninger
Preparation - Directed by Sofia Georgovassili
Princesita - Directed by Marialy Rivas
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women - Directed by Angela Robinson
Push It - Directed by Julia Thelin
Radiance - Directed by Naomi Kawase
Revenge - Directed by Coralie Fargeat
Roadside Attraction - Directed by Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Rose Gold - Directed by Sara Cwynar

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Let The Corpses Tan

Rupture - Directed by Yassmina Karajah
Silas - Directed by Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart - Directed by Tracy Heather Strain
Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari) - Directed by Ivana Mladenovic
Still Water Runs Deep - Directed by Abbesi Akhamie
Strangely Ordinary this Devotion - Directed by Dani Leventhal, Sheilah Wilson
Suleiman Mountain - Directed by Elizaveta Stishova
The Breadwinner - Directed by Nora Twomey
The Burden - Directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
The Butterfly Tree - Directed by Priscilla Cameron
The Deuce - Directed by Michelle MacLaren, Ernest Dickerson

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The Seen And Unseen

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If You Saw His Heart

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The Drop In

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Five Minutes

The Drop In - Directed by Naledi Jackson
The Future Ahead (El futuro que viene) - Directed by Constanza Novick
The Garden (Sommerhäuser) - Directed by Sonja Maria Kröner
The Girlfriend Experience Season 2 - Directed by Amy Seimetz, Lodge Kerrigan
The Gospel According to André - Directed by Kate Novack
The Hungry - Directed by Bornila Chatterjee
The Judge - Directed by Erika Cohn
The Other Side Of Everything (Druga strana svega) - Directed by Mila Turajlic
The Poet and the Boy (Si-e-nui Sa-rang) - Directed by Kim Yang-hee

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The Judge

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The Rider - Directed by Chloé Zhao
The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala) - Directed by Kamila Andini
The Swan (Svanurinn) - Directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Threads - Directed by Torill Kove
Ticino - Directed by Friedl vom Gröller
Tigre - Directed by Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola
Turtles Are Always Home (Sokun Al Sulhufat) - Directed by Rawane Nassif
Under Pressure - Directed by Andrucha Waddington , Mini Kerti
Unicorn Store - Directed by Brie Larson
Village Rockstars - Directed by Rima Das
Waiting - Directed by Amberley Jo Aumua

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Never Steady, Never Still

Waiting For Hassana - Directed by Ifunanya Maduka
Wajib - Directed by Annemarie Jacir
Waru - Directed by Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones
Wasteland No.1 - Ardent, Verdant - Directed by Jodie Mack
We Forgot To Break Up - Directed by Chandler Levack
We Love Moses - Directed by Dionne Edwards
Western - Directed by Valeska Grisebach
What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si) - Directed by Iram Haq
Woman Walks Ahead - Directed by Susanna White
Zama - Directed by Lucrecia Martel

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Unicorn Store

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