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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Josiane Blanc

The Toronto-based Francophone filmmaker can do it all, creating and producing scripted and unscripted projects with a strong social impact.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Abdul Malik

The prolific screenwriter and development exec explains his “elliptical” journey that led to a focus on stories about justice, liberation and labour.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Tope Babalola

The creative executive at Toronto’s Little Engine Moving Pictures has paved an unconventional career path using his TikTok page, humour, wit, and drive.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Kelsey Espensen

The unscripted format expert reveals the secret sauce behind creating the concepts for series such as Race Against the Tide, A Cut Above and Best in Miniature.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: J Stevens

The Calgary-born filmmaker is on a hot streak following their recent directorial endeavours with Astrid & Lilly Save the World, and Sort Of.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Sasha Leigh Henry

The Toronto filmmaker is juggling film and TV, with the upcoming series Bria Mack Gets a Life and her first feature as a producer, the TIFF world premiere When Morning Comes.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Ryan Bobkin

The Toronto producer has had a fast career trajectory in Canada’s film industry as head of development of Film Forge, working with filmmakers Brandon Cronenberg and Amar Wala.

10 to Watch: Meet the class of 2022

The newest cohort of Playback‘s annual 10 to Watch spans creative and executive talents across film and television.

10 to Watch: Screen sector needs more momentum in push for equity and inclusion

VIDEO: Rob Michaels, Jennifer Irons, JJ Neepin, Martha Hagos and Tamar Bird discuss industry progress in equity and inclusivity, and issues around on-set health and safety.

10 to Watch: Emerging filmmakers talk financing in a system in flux

VIDEO: Kent Donguines, Malachi Ellis, Samantha MacAdam, Renuka Singh and Jadiel Dowlin discuss new decision-makers in the Canadian screen sector and the bumpy road to finance a project.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Renuka Singh

PRESENTED BY CBC: Since becoming a screenwriter in 2018, the B.C. writer has already worked with Lark Productions and Great Pacific Media, and now has a zombie-murder mystery in development.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Kent Donguines

PRESENTED BY CBC: The Vancouver-based producer has already landed on the radar of TIFF, Hot Docs and Netflix as he grows his production banner Aimer Films.