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Sabrina Sherif

2019′s Five to Watch: Sabrina Sherif

Writer Sabrina Sherif’s specialty in YA series has given her an edge in Canada’s competitive TV industry, landing her projects like an adaptation of Wattpad story The Numbered.

Madison Thomas

2019′s Five to Watch: Madison Thomas

With a feature film under her belt and a strong producing partner in Eagle Vision, the Manitoba filmmaker isn’t slowing down any time soon.

Misha Solomon

2019′s Five to Watch: Misha Solomon

The talented development exec helped bring Citytv’s The Murders from script to screen and is now leading factual prodco WAM Media’s push into scripted.

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2019′s Five to Watch: Nyla Innuksuk

Slash/Back director, co-writer and producer Nyla Innuksuk has devoted her busy slate to projects that stay true to her roots.

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2019′s Five to Watch: Maddy Falle

The 2019 cohort begins with Gearshift Films development manager Falle, whose sharp instincts have made her an invaluable asset as the prodco expands into TV.

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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.

Karen Chapman

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.

Joel Thomas Hynes

Playback’s 2017 5 2 Watch: Joel Thomas Hynes

The actor/writer/producer who is set to debut Little Dog on CBC this winter, has won high praise from the likes of Tassie Cameron and Sally Catto.