Young and In Love….With Film? Check Out TIFF’s Young Creators Co-Lab.

Young filmmakers and movie enthusiasts will gather in Toronto this weekend for TIFF Next Wave 2017. The three-day event will feature 19 screenings, a 24-hour film challenge, and a Battle of the Scores.

Attendees will also be able to participate in the Young Creators Co-Lab, where they will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other young filmmakers and industry professionals. The Co-Lab schedule includes two panels; Women of the Web: Taking Space in the Digital Sphere, and Making the Change: A Conversation About Systemic Racism, The Media and Evolving the Story.

“I think sort of as like inspiration and also affirmation to what young creators are already doing, the panels are in place to support them on their journey,” said Brigid Tierney, senior coordinator at TIFF. “But I think young people are really leading the way so we’re just responding to things that they are asking for and things they’re participating in.” In keeping with the themes of diversity and inclusion in the media, the co-lab ends with a Close-Up with James Laxton, the cinematographer on Oscar-nominated film Moonlight.

The festival itself is planned by a committee of twelve students, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old. For all the young filmmakers looking for inspiration, collaboration and knowledge, the Co-Lab is worth taking a look at. With the world constantly changing, young filmmakers have the opportunity to drive the conversations on diversity, and representation in both on and off screen. When asked what she hopes participants take away from the event, Tierney said “We notice a lot of our high-schoolers, sometimes they don’t go to art high schools and they feel like they’re the only ones who are like really into film. So I hope that they meet other people who are into film, maybe people to work with and collaborate with.”

The TIFF Next Wave Young Creator Co-Lab is on Feb. 17th at 9:30am-5pm in the TIFF Bell Lightbox. You can find more info on the co-lab and all the other parts of the festival at their website; http://www.tiff.net/next-wave/.

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyways.

Hello lovelies.

How have you been? I have been crazy busy, but in the best way possible. I’m working on this series for September all about amazing women, mostly local but with a few non-locals mixed in. It’s a stressful, nerve-wracking experience putting this together, but I’m learning to just lean into the fear. That’s been my big theme for June; if I’m afraid to do it, I’m going to do it.

Why? To break down barriers I’ve created for myself, and to make everything I do seem a little less scary. 

I don’t know where this idea came from, and obviously I am doing this within reason. I’m not jumping off random buildings or buying myself a spider farm, BUT I did email fifteen women requesting interviews. I bought a bikini. I allowed someone to take a photo of me instead of taking a selfie. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless.

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Why do we create these walls to try and keep out the things we are afraid of? Is it because we fear rejection? The idea of being vulnerable? Because fun fact; those things will probably sneak in anyways, so you’re better off taking more shots at the things that scare you because things will go right WAY more times than you anticipated they would. Trust me, I thought all fifteen of those women would say no or ignore my emails.

So hey, maybe try something a little scary this week.

Doesn’t have to be crazy, just has to get you one step outside of your comfort zone. 

What is something you are afraid to do? Let me know in a comment below so I can support you!

Talk to you next time.

Katie