5 to Watch

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Playback’s 5 to Watch: 2019 nominations now open

We’re asking you to help us find the hottest up-and-coming talent in the Canadian screen production industry. (Free to view)

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Redefining niche: Stephanie Ouaknine and Luis De Filippis

With De Filippis’ short For Nonna Anna and Ouaknine’s work on fan-favourite Carmilla, both creatives are crafting LGBTQ+ narratives that play against stereotypes.

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2018 Playback 5 to Watch: Petie Chalifoux

Through projects like River of Silence and her upcoming documentary and narrative projects, the writer/director/producer aims to empower Indigenous women.

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2018 5 to Watch: Winnifred Jong

After more than 20 years as a sought-after script supervisor, this creative is rebranding herself as a director.

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2018 5 to Watch: Babe Nation

From its web series for Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaha to its first $2-million feature, the Toronto prodco is working to put women’s stories front and centre.

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2018 5 to Watch: Andrew Kelly

The keen instincts of eOne’s development director have helped bring successes such as Burden of Truth and Caught to life.

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2018 5 to Watch: Karen Chapman

The Walk Good director has bridged the gap between shorts and features and is developing her first scripted full-length film with the support of CFC and Telefilm.

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Playback’s 5 to Watch: Class of 2018

Meet the ambitious filmmakers and execs changing the Canadian film and TV landscape.

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Playback’s 5 to Watch: 2018 nominations now open

We’re on the hunt for the best up-and-coming talent in the Canadian screen-based industries – and we need you to help us find it. (Free to view)

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Playback’s 5 to Watch: 2018 nominations now open

We’re on the hunt for the best up-and-coming talent in the Canadian screen-based industries – and we need you to help us find it. (Free to view)

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Playback’s 2017 5 2 Watch: Rebecca Liddiard

Following her performances in MsLabelled, Houdini and Doyle and the upcoming Alias Grace, Sarah Polley, Christina Jennings and Mary Harron on why the 26-year-old is a star in the making.

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Playback’s 2017 5 2 Watch: Akash Sherman

At just 22, the writer/director and VFX whiz kid has caught the eye of Ari Lantos and others with his filmmaking vision and technical expertise.