Submit your nomination for Playback’s 10 to Watch

The annual celebration of up-and-coming voices in Canada’s screen industry is back, with nominations open until Oct. 18. Click here to submit.

Nominations are open for 10 to Watch, Playback‘s annual recognition of emerging screen industry talent in Canada.

This year we are opening nominations for all up-and-coming talent, but will continue to allow self-nominations in addition to third-party submissions.

Eligible candidates are emerging voices from the following categories: writers, directors, producers, executives, agents, as well as other rising talents at companies working in the screen-based industry.

Recipients will be announced bi-weekly in Playback Daily, beginning later this fall.


Those who have shown entrepreneurial ingenuity and significant promise in the first few years of their career in film and TV. Age is not a restriction, but the length of time a nominee has been working in their field is. Mid-career and well-established professionals will not be eligible. Submissions are carefully reviewed and selected by Playback’s editorial team.

Questions to consider:

- Are you or the person you’re nominating already well-established and/or on the industry’s radar? Ideally the candidate will be in the early stages of their career and just beginning to grab industry attention.

- Have you/they recently earned industry awards/accolades (within the last two to three years)?

- Have you/they been on other similar lists and if so, was that a long time ago? Those who are still in the same field are likely not eligible.

Playback is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and translates that into all aspects of our editorial work, including those chosen for the 10 to Watch. If you are comfortable, please provide any supplementary information of any under-represented groups you identify with. We encourage those of all races, genders, and identities to apply.


All nominations are due by Oct. 18 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Questions? Please contact Kelly Townsend (