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Toronto Film Festival Dailies

The Toronto International Film Festival, to be held September 6 to 16, 2018 in Canada's most vibrant and exciting metropolis, has become one of the most important film events on the festival calendar.

Showcasing more than 250 films and hosting industryites from around the world, Toronto can "make or break" films looking for international distribution and a chance at Oscar gold. From glitzy red carpet premieres to challenging art films to cutting edge new media, the Festival offers something for every taste.

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The 43th Toronto International Film Festival takes place SEPTEMBER 6-16, 2018


Stephen Dunn, selected as the inaugural Len Blum Resident.

TIFF is pleased to announce screenwriter and filmmaker, Stephen Dunn, as the inaugural Len Blum Resident. Launched in July of this year, the Residency pays homage to one of Canada’s most celebrated screenwriters, Len Blum, by providing one Canadian filmmaker with the opportunity to live, work and be mentored at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Residency is being generously supported by Toronto-based producer and distributor, Ron Mann. Dunn will take up residency at the Festival Tower for up to three months.

During this time, he will receive one-on-one script consultations with Len Blum, mentorship from TIFF’s Industry Office, programming team and special guests, along with support from TIFF partners.

A TIFF Talent Lab alumnus, Newfoundland-born Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of both Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson University’s Film Program. Dunn’s notable films include the award-winning Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, which premiered at TIFF in 2012 and Swallowed, which garnered Dunn two TIFF RBC International Emerging Filmmaker awards in 2009. Dunn’s debut feature, Closet Monster, had its world premiere in this year’s Festival as part of the Discovery Programme.

"We're delighted that Stephen will be the first filmmaker to use TIFF as his own live-in work studio. He's enormously talented, and we want to do everything we can to help his next project,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival. “For 40 years, TIFF has worked to become an educational and supportive hub for emerging artists in the film industry. The Len Blum Residency provides an outlet for us to elevate new talent and to share our unparalleled learning resources.”

“It’s an honour to be chosen for this very special opportunity to work on my screenplay and grow as an artist under the guidance of TIFF and Len Blum himself,” said Dunn. “My experience at Talent Lab was incredibly positive and I look forward to taking these next exciting steps as TIFF’s first artist in residence.”

Dunn was selected as TIFF’s first artist in residence based on his new screenplay What Waits for Them in Darkness, where reality merges with folklore in a dark fantasy adventure. Set during the Newfoundland resettlement of the 1960s, the story is based on true events that saw entire island fishing communities forced to uproot their homes and tow them to the mainland. “I am delighted to support the Len Blum Residency and thrilled to have Stephen Dunn as the first recipient,” said Mann. “The script is the foundation of a film and so important to its success. This programme recognizes that and will help Stephen continue along his path as a successful filmmaker.”

Writer-director candidates for the programme were nominated by established producers, directors and screenwriters within the Canadian film industry. Dunn will begin his residency after the Festival. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.

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