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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.

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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.