From a media release:
TheÂ Toronto Screenwriting ConferenceÂ (TSC) is pleased to announce this yearâ€™s recipients of theÂ Telefilm Canada New Voices Award.Â The emerging screenwriters were selected from over 30 Canada-wide applicants. Those receiving the honours this year areÂ Marie Dame,Â Â Ana De Lara,Â Â Rebecca Hales, Â Kim IzzoÂ andÂ John Ward.
About the winners:
Marie Dame: From Alberta/Ontario, Marie, is an actress, producer and writer. She is the recipient of the Writerâ€™s Trust of Canada grant a BravoFACT writing grant. Her short film,Â Bar None, which she wrote and produced, premiered at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival.
Ana De Lara:Â A Filipina-Canadian filmmaker and stand-up comic based in BC, Ana has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning short films which have been screened at Canadian and international festivals. She has turned her one-woman play into a feature-film script.
Rebecca Hales: Rebecca grew up in BC and recently completed the exclusive Bell Media Prime Time Television program a the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. She is currently working on developing both a dramatic and comedy series.
Kim Izzo: Kim is an Ontario-based journalist, author and screenwriter. She adapted her first novelÂ The Jane Austen ManualÂ into a screenplay which is being produced and her original feature-film project is being developed by Corus/Movie Centralâ€™s Script to Screen initiative. She is working on three original television pilot scripts and her third novel is being published in 2017.
John Ward:Â A Vancouver-based TV and comic-book writer, John is developing a on-hour episodic sci-fi pilot about a team of time-travelling mis-fits.
â€œThe calibre of talent we are exposed to through this initiative every year is truly astounding,â€ said Kim Robinson, Toronto Screenwriting Conference producer. â€œIt is an extraordinary challenge for us to single out just five individuals when the artistic breadth of these emerging writers is so strong.â€
Carolle Brabant, Telefilmâ€™s Executive Director, added: â€œWe would like to congratulate the 2016 winners of the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. The development and promotion of emerging talent is one of the best means of ensuring the continued viability of our industry. Weâ€™re also proud to partner again with the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Screenwriters have a vital role to play in ensuring that Canadian films connect with their audiences.â€
Each winner receives a pass to the TSC and a meeting with representatives from Telefilm Canada. The seventh annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference takes place onÂ April 30 & May 1, 2016Â at its new location, theÂ Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
To qualify for the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award, candidates must have written at least two short films of which one has been produced, and have written one feature length screenplay, TV pilot or series treatment. They must not have previously produced a feature or TV series/pilot, nor received Telefilm Canada funding.