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CFC Residents Connor Gaston and Thyrone Tommy Selected for TIFF Talent Lab 2017

By Margaret DeRosia ● July 27, 2017 14:30


We’re proud to announce that two of our current residents in the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab, Connor Gaston and Thyrone Tommy, have been selected to participate in this year’s TIFF Talent Lab.

Held annually during the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Talent Lab is a highly competitive artistic development program for aspiring Canadian and international filmmakers. For 20 emerging directors and screenwriters, the program seeks to further develop their creativity, artistic process and voice, and launch the careers of the next generation of filmmakers. Read more about TIFF Talent Lab and this year’s participants here.


Headshot of a man.Connor Gaston is an award-winning filmmaker from Victoria, BC. His work has screened at film festivals around the world, including the Toronto and Vancouver International Film Festivals. Gaston’s first feature film, The Devout (15), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, earned five Leo Awards in 2016, including Best Picture, and won him the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at VIFF. Gaston is currently working on his second feature film through The Harold Greenburg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program.


Headshot of a man.Thyrone Tommy is an award-winning Toronto-based filmmaker whose films have been celebrated internationally at more than 30 festivals. His recent short, Mariner (16), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was one of TIFF’s Canada's Top Ten Shorts. His work has been supported with grants from NBCUniversal Canada, Kodak Motion Picture Film and the Ontario Arts Council, and he was also the 2017 Lindalee Tracey Award Winner. Tommy is currently developing a feature version of Mariner, and the feature, To Live and Die in Rexdale.


Congratulations, Connor and Thyrone!


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Margaret DeRosia

Communications Specialist/Digital Writer & Editor