Meet TIFF 2015’s Rising Stars


TIFF’s 40th anniversary also marks the fifth year of their Rising Star Program. The program was created to help shine a spotlight on the new and upcoming Canadian stars, some of whom have all ready become household names such as Sarah Gadon, Tatiana Maslany and Cara Gee. This year’s four honorees are Deragh Campbell, Stephan James, Aliocha Schnieder and Karelle Tremblay.

Deragh Campbell is a newcomer to the screen, although she has all ready made a name for herself as an actor and writer. She made her debut in 2013’s I Used To Be Darker, which was named to The New Yorker’s list of top films for the year. She was recently awarded the MacDowell Fellowship, an award that will allow her to create her first feature film. She has four projects upcoming, including O Brazen Age, Never Eat Alone, The Pursuit of Happiness and starring opposite Tatiana Maslany in The Other Half.

Of the four actor’s nominated to the Rising Star Program this year, Stephan James is perhaps the most recognizable. He was in last year’s Oscar winner Selma, and the CBC miniseries from earlier this year, The Book Of Negroes. He is also known for playing the role of Julian in Degrassi: The Next Generation for three years.  2015 is his year to shine, and The Globe and Mail even named him as one to watch for in 2015.

French actor Aliocha Schneider, began his career as a stage actor, but from 2009 to 2013 he was in the Quebec series Tactik where he played Carl Bresson. His first big screen appearance was in Bon Cop, Bad Cop, and in 2013 he made his English debut in Three Night Stand. This year at TIFF he stars in two films, Closet Monster and Ville-Marie.

Karelle Tremblay has been acting since she was 12, with her first big break in film coming with the 2014 film Corbo, which was an Official selection at last year’s TIFF and Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. This year she’s at TIFF in Les Etres Chers.

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