Thu, 07/04/2013 - 14:02 by Natasha Neale
Each year, TIFF exhibits some of the best up-and-coming, first feature filmmakers in the industry with their Discovery Programme, sponsored by Grolsch. To show their support of emerging filmmaking talent, Grolsch launched the annual Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award at last year’s TIFF. Celebrating hard working, emerging filmmakers and their journey to make their first feature-film, the core concept behind the award is not to celebrate the film as such, but the human story behind it. It celebrates the maker’s dedication, passion and unwavering commitment to accomplish being screened at one of the world’s leading film festivals, TIFF. The winner receives $10,000 toward their next project, and a package of marketing opportunities that will help shine a spotlight on them and their film. If last year’s inaugural winner Rola Nashef (Detroit Unleaded), who spoke at April’s Grolsch Film Works Discovery Sessions, is anything to go by–nine years in the making, during which she risked the loss of function in her right leg and underwent emergency back surgery, returning to work only two weeks after, to make what’s being called the ‘first Arab American romantic comedy’–competition is inspiring, dedicated, and tough. The winner for 2013 will be announced at this year’s festival.