With a commitment to emerging filmmakers a cornerstone of our Festival, we have two initiatives exclusively for filmmakers whose films are being showcased in our Discovery Programme.

GROLSCH FILM WORKS DISCOVERY AWARD

As the official beer of TIFF and presenting sponsor of the Festival Discovery Programme, Grolsch is spotlighting its global commitment to emerging filmmaking talent by awarding a filmmaker for his or her exceptional journey to date.

Grolsch has invited all filmmakers with films in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery Programme to be considered for the award. Entrants' "back stories" — including how the filmmaker has expressed his or her passion for filmmaking throughout their life to date, and what innovative and interesting choices have they made to ultimately get their film made — are considered by the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award iury. The award’s core concept is to not only honour the film itself, but to celebrate the filmmaker for his or her interesting journey and incredible achievement of having a film selected and screened as part of the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival®.

This year's winner is Gia Milani (All the Wrong Reasons). The award consists of a $10,000 cash prize to be put toward the Gia's next project, along with a package of marketing opportunities that will help shine a spotlight on Gia's film.

DISCOVERY FILMMAKER VIDEO VIGNETTES

In order to learn more about their journeys, the Festival asked all eligible filmmakers to submit a video of themselves answering questions that provide public and industry audiences with a better understanding of their experience, inspirations and future opportunities:

  • What inspired you to make your film?
  • What's the biggest personal or professional obstacle that you've had to overcome in order to make your film?
  • What is the most interesting choice you've made on your journey to become a professional filmmaker?
  • Where has your film played to date? Where would you like it go next?
  • Why is it important for you to have your film included in the Toronto International Film Festival's Official Selection?
  • How did you fund your film?
  • Why should audiences watch your film?

 

Here are their answers:

Abdellah Taïa – SALVATION ARMY
Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly – BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY
Chloé Robichaud – SARAH PREFERS TO RUN
Claudia Sainte-Luce – THE AMAZING CATFISH
Fabio Mollo – SOUTH IS NOTHING
Gia Milani – ALL THE WRONG REASONS
Inês Oliveira – BOBÔ
Iram Haq – I AM YOURS
John Butler – THE STAG
Mais Darwazah – MY LOVE AWAITS ME BY THE SEA
Manolo Nieto – THE MILITANT
Marcela Said – THE SUMMER OF THE FLYING FISH
Mark Phinney – FAT
Neto Villalobos – ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS
Rani Massalha – GIRAFFADA
Sarah Spillane – AROUND THE BLOCK