Women @ TIFF 2021 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival program includes an impressive number of women-helmed films. coinciding with the festival’s Share Her Journey campaign which began in 2017 Originally conceived as a five-year program to focus on gender parity and amplify the role of women in the screen industries, 2021 marks its final year, and the films in this year’s program demonstrate that while the battle is certainly not over – for TIFF, for film festivals, or for the screen industries more broadly – if you make an effort to consciously elevate women in these fields, the results can be extraordinary.

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SPOTLIGHT October 2020: Joana Vicente, TIFF-Maker, Indie Producer and Film Activist

Joana Vicente’s first year as co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival was a triumph. The transplanted New Yorker oversaw a TIFF that had all the bases covered: superb films, A-list movie stars in attendance, initiatives in place to level the playing field for filmmakers (and journalists) and all the razzle dazzle required to make the festival a magnet for industry, audience and tourism dollars. Her second TIFF happened in a pandemic. It too was a triumph.

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