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Share Her Journey

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Share Her Journey began in 2017 as a five-year campaign committed to addressing gender parity and championing women in front of and behind the camera, both year-round and during the Toronto International Fiml Festival. It has since evolved into a permanent TIFF initiative, supporting creators at every stage of their professional journey. This global movement is dedicated to building frameworks, empowering creators, and forging paths for women to succeed as storytellers who help shape our cultural landscape.

There is a considerable lack of women storytellers in key creative and decision-making roles in the film industry:*

  • Of the top-grossing 51 films of 2021, only 12.7% of the 55 directors involved in creating those films were women — only three of whom were women of colour.
  • Of the top-grossing 100 films from of 2021, only 11 had a woman or girl of colour as their protagonist.
  • In 2021, only 7% of movies featured more women than men, and only 8% featured equal numbers of men and women.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed at TIFF.


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Since 2016, we have had an equal 50/50 gender split in selected participants for our Talent Development initiatives such as TIFF Filmmaker Lab, TIFF Writers’ Studio, and TIFF Rising Stars.
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64% of the speakers at our 2021 Industry Conference were women.
We regularly showcase work by artists who are women, such as in our 2021 TIFF Cinematheque retrospectives Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin and Céline Sciamma: Portraits of Desire.

*Data collected by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego State University. Sources here and here.

Meet the Ambassadors

The Share Her Journey Ambassadors have joined a movement to champion female storytellers, supporting TIFF's commitment to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.

List

Tracey Deer

Director, writer, producer

Beans, Mohawk Girls, Club Native, Anne with an E, One More River: The Deal that Split the Cree

Euzhan Palcy

Director, writer, producer

Sugar Cane Alley, A Dry White Season, Siméon

Rima Das

Director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, filmmaker

Bulbul Can Sing, Village Rockstars, Man with the Binoculars: Antardrishti

Mira Nair

Director, producer

Queen of Katwe, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Amelia, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala, Salaam Bombay!

Sarah Rafferty

Actor

Suits, All Things Valentine, Small Beautifully Moving Parts

Carmel Winters

Director, writer

Float Like a Butterfly, Snap, Limbo

Ellen Wong

Actor

GLOW, Condor, Dark Matter, The Carrie Diaries, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Jennifer Podemski

Actor, producer, director

Mocassin Flats, Cardinal, Future History, Empire of Dirt, Blackstone

Joyce Wong

Director, producer, writer

Wexford Plaza, Sunbathing, Power of Love (Celine Dion Fans in Kenya)

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Actor, producer

The House of Sand and Fog, Star Trek Beyond, The Expanse, 24, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Priyanka Chopra

Actor, producer, activist

Fashion, What’s Your Raashee?, Mary Kom, Quantico

Erika J. Olde

Producer; President and Founder of Black Bicycle Entertainment

Home Again, Woman Walks Ahead, November Criminals, The Female Brain, A Tale of Love and Darkness

Joey Soloway

Writer, director, creator

Transparent, Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under

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Jennifer Baichwal

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Long Time Running, Watermark, Payback, Act of God, Manufactured Landscapes

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Deepa Mehta

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Anatomy of Violence, Beeba Boys, Midnight's Children, Heaven on Earth, the Elements trilogy (Water, Earth, Fire)

Stella Meghie

Writer, director, producer

Everything Everything, Jean of the Joneses, Recovering Undercover Over Lover

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Ann Marie Fleming

Writer, director, animator

Window Horses, Stories Sarah Tells, Big Trees, Seven Sins: Gluttony, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

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Omoni Oboli

Actor, writer, director

Okafor's Law, The Duplex, Being Mrs Elliot, Brother's Keeper

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Ashley McKenzie

Writer, director, editor

Werewolf, 4 Quarters, Stray, When You Sleep, Rhonda's Party

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Carol Nguyen

Director, writer, cinematographer, editor

Facade, Every Grain of Rice, This Home is Not Empty, How Do You Pronounce Pho?, Uprooted

Molly McGlynn

Writer, director

Mary Goes Round3-way (Not Calling)DawnStasisGiven Your HistoryI Am Not a Weird Person

Amma Asante

Writer, director

Where Hands TouchA United KingdomBelleA Way of Life

Thanks to Canada Goose®, Anne-Marie Canning, Betty-Ann Heggie, Micki Moore Simpson, Netflix Studio (via their support of the Talent Accelerator programme), Jennifer Tory, the RBC Foundation, CHANEL Canada, the Share Her Journey Giving Circle, and all of our donors for their generous and continuted support of Share Her Journey.

TIFF Talent Accelerator is generously supported by the RBC Women Creators’ Initiative. Participants receive a stipend provided by Netflix.

The CHANEL Women Writers’ Network provides women and non-binary participants of TIFF Writers' Studio with ongoing script development support after the programme ends.

Thank you to all of our donors and the thousands of people who have signed up to support women in film through Share Her Journey.

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