The Toronto International Film Festival has announced their four TIFF Rising Stars for 2018.
This year’s Canadian lineup consists of Devery Jacobs, Lamar Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, and Jess Salgueiro.
“Hungry, new talent is the lifeblood of this industry,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “This year’s group are some of the most captivating, charismatic, and promising young Canadian talents Rising Stars has ever seen, so it’s no surprise they’re featured in some of the Festival’s most highly anticipated films. They are the ones to watch.”
The TIFF Rising Stars will have access to professional development sessions, Industry events, red carpets, and valuable networking opportunities. This year, three Rising Stars are featured in films in TIFF’s Official Selection. Jess Salgueiro stars in the Special Presentations programme’s Opening Night Film MOUTHPIECE, directed by legendary Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema. Lamar Johnson appears alongside Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall in The Hate U Give, about police violence in the Black Lives Matter era. And Michaela Kurimsky appears in Jasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers, a drama about the friendship of two young women desperate to escape their repressive small town.
The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. ~Alexandra Heilbron