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Jul 31, 2019

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Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2019 Canadian Rising Stars

Fresh faces Kacey Rohl, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Nahéma Ricci, and Shamier Anderson selected for the Canadian contingent of the 2019 TIFF Rising Stars programme.

Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2019 Canadian Rising Stars

TORONTO, ON (July 31, 2019) — TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced today the next generation of Canadian TIFF Rising Stars. The programme returns for its ninth year with a diverse group of talented young men and women. This year’s Canadian lineup consists of Kacey Rohl, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Nahéma Ricci, and Shamier Anderson. The programme will showcase and help nurture the talent of four of Canada’s most exciting up-and-coming actors.

“With such a wealth of homegrown talent, selecting the Canadian Rising Stars is never an easy task,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head of TIFF. “We were blown away by this group and deeply impressed by these young, up-and-coming voices. I have no doubt they’ll go on to do big things, just like the Rising Stars who came before them.”

The TIFF Rising Stars programme will provide the actors with an exclusive opportunity to experience and engage with the Festival. They will have access to professional development sessions, Industry events, red carpets, mentorship, and valuable networking opportunities.

All Rising Stars are featured in films in TIFF 2019’s Official Selection. Kacey Rohl stars in White Lie, a World Premiere in our Contemporary World Cinema programme, directed by Canadian filmmakers Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis. Mikhaïl Ahooja is featured in the Midnight Madness film The Twentieth Century, directed by Matthew Rankin and following a young William Lyon Mackenzie King in his quest to be the Prime Minister of Canada. Nahéma Ricci will appear in Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone, a coming-of-age drama in the Contemporary World Cinema selection, and Shamier Anderson will be featured alongside Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, and Jamie Dornan in Drake Doremus’s Endings, Beginnings, which will have its World Premiere in the Special Presentations programme. 

TIFF will announce its four international Rising Stars on August 15.

About the Canadian Rising Stars

Kacey Rohl
Kacey Rohl is from Vancouver. Her first onscreen appearance was the TV series (09–11). She is best known for her roles in Red Riding Hood (11), The Killing (11–14), Arrow (12– ), Hannibal (13–15),Wayward Pines (15–16), and The Magicians (15–19). She stars in the feature film White Lie, making its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. She is currently shooting the TV series Fortunate Son.

Mikhaïl Ahooja
Mikhaïl Ahooja is a Montreal-based actor who is very active in Quebec. He has appeared in numerous plays, TV shows, and movies. Recent television credits include Au secours de Béatrice (14– ),Prémonitions (16– ), and Juste nous deux (19–). He has also starred in the feature films La Maison du pêcheur (13), Fabuleuses (19), and The Twentieth Century, which is making its World Premiere at TIFF 2019.

Nahéma Ricci
Nahéma Ricci was born in Montreal. As an interpreter, she has participated in multiple film projects and the stage production cet intervalle (17). As a performer, Ricci’s onscreen credits include Ailleurs (17) andAntigone, which is making its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. She is also the author, director, and interpreter of the play Identikit (19), which was presented at Montreal’s Fringe Festival. She recently completed the 2018–19 Dance as a Profession program at Danceworks in Berlin. In the near future, she will appear in the independent drama Before El Finâ.

Shamier Anderson
Select television credits include Wynonna Earp (16– ) and Amazon’s Goliath (18), on which Anderson is a regular. Notable features include Across the Line (15); roles opposite Nicole Kidman in Destroyer, which premiered at TIFF 2018, and opposite Johnny Depp in City of Lies (18); and Endings, Beginnings, which is premiering at TIFF 2019. Anderson recently wrapped on Spike Lee’s Son of the South andStowaway, opposite Anna Kendrick. Anderson and his brother Stephan James co-founded the B.L.A.C.K. Ball, an event hosted in Toronto during TIFF and in Los Angeles during Oscars season.

Previous years’ Rising Stars alumni are Emmy Award–winning actor Tatiana Maslany (Stronger, Orphan Black, Being Erica), Stephan James (If Beale Street Could TalkHomecoming, Selma), Théodore Pellerin (On Becoming a God in Central FloridaBoy Erased), Devery Jacobs (American GodsBlood Quantum), Connor Jessup (White LieFalling SkiesAmerican Crime), Sarah Gadon (Alias GraceMaps to the Stars11.22.63), and Ellen Wong (GlowThe Carrie DiariesScott Pilgrim vs. the World), among others.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.

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Festival ticket packages start at $110. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, by phone (416.599.2033 or 1.888.258.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 11 while quantities last.  

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About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

TIFF Rising Stars is presented by OLG.

L'Oréal Paris is proud to be the TIFF Rising Stars Hair and Makeup Sponsor.

TIFF Rising Stars is supported by IWC Schaffhausen and Telefilm Canada.