Share Her Journey


Share Her Journey


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Share Her Journey began in 2017 as a five-year campaign, and a commitment to address gender parity and champion women in front of and behind the camera through TIFF’s Festival and year-round initiatives. It has since evolved into a permanent TIFF initiative, supporting creators at every stage of their professional journey. This global movement is dedicated to building frameworks, empowering creators, and forging paths for women to succeed as storytellers who help shape our cultural landscape.

Unfortunately, there is a considerable lack of incredible female storytellers in key creative and decision-making roles in the film industry:

  • Of the top 250 films of 2019, only 21% employed women directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers.
  • Of the top 250 films of 2019, 31% featured zero or one woman in behind-the-scenes jobs, 45% of films employed two to five women, and 22% employed six to nine women.
  • In 2019, just 2% of the top 250 films employed 10 or more women, while 69% of films employed 10 or more men.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed at TIFF.

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Since 2016, we have had an equal 50/50 gender split in selected participants for our Talent Development initiatives such as Talent Lab, Studio, and TIFF Rising Stars.
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Of all the titles in this year’s lineup, 46% are directed, co-directed, or created by women.
The names Dorothy Arzner, Claire Denis, Anocha Suwichakornpong, and Katharine Hepburn.
We regularly showcase work by female artists, such as in our Winter 2019 retrospectives on revered filmmakers Dorothy Arzner, Claire Denis, and Anocha Suwichakornpong, as well as the iconic Katharine Hepburn.

Meet the Ambassadors

The Share Her Journey Ambassadors have joined a movement to champion female storytellers, supporting TIFF's commitment to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.


Tracey Deer

Director, writer, producer

Beans, Mohawk Girls, Club Native, Anne with an E, One More River: The Deal that Split the Cree

Euzhan Palcy

Director, writer, producer

Sugar Cane Alley, A Dry White Season, Siméon

Rima Das

Director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, filmmaker

Bulbul Can Sing, Village Rockstars, Man with the Binoculars: Antardrishti

Mira Nair

Director, producer

Queen of Katwe, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Amelia, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala, Salaam Bombay!

Sarah Rafferty


Suits, All Things Valentine, Small Beautifully Moving Parts

Carmel Winters

Director, writer

Float Like a Butterfly, Snap, Limbo

Ellen Wong


GLOW, Condor, Dark Matter, The Carrie Diaries, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Jennifer Podemski

Actor, producer, director

Mocassin Flats, Cardinal, Future History, Empire of Dirt, Blackstone

Joyce Wong

Director, producer, writer

Wexford Plaza, Sunbathing, Power of Love (Celine Dion Fans in Kenya)

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Actor, producer

The House of Sand and Fog, Star Trek Beyond, The Expanse, 24, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Priyanka Chopra

Actor, producer, activist

Fashion, What’s Your Raashee?, Mary Kom, Quantico

Erika J. Olde

Producer; President and Founder of Black Bicycle Entertainment

Home Again, Woman Walks Ahead, November Criminals, The Female Brain, A Tale of Love and Darkness

Joey Soloway

Writer, director, creator

Transparent, Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under

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Jennifer Baichwal

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Long Time Running, Watermark, Payback, Act of God, Manufactured Landscapes

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Deepa Mehta

Documentary filmmaker, writer, director

Anatomy of Violence, Beeba Boys, Midnight's Children, Heaven on Earth, the Elements trilogy (Water, Earth, Fire)

Stella Meghie

Writer, director, producer

Everything Everything, Jean of the Joneses, Recovering Undercover Over Lover

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Ann Marie Fleming

Writer, director, animator

Window Horses, Stories Sarah Tells, Big Trees, Seven Sins: Gluttony, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

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Omoni Oboli

Actor, writer, director

Okafor's Law, The Duplex, Being Mrs Elliot, Brother's Keeper

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Ashley McKenzie

Writer, director, editor

Werewolf, 4 Quarters, Stray, When You Sleep, Rhonda's Party

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Carol Nguyen

Director, writer, cinematographer, editor

Facade, Every Grain of Rice, This Home is Not Empty, How Do You Pronounce Pho?, Uprooted

Molly McGlynn

Writer, director

Mary Goes Round3-way (Not Calling)DawnStasisGiven Your HistoryI Am Not a Weird Person

Amma Asante

Writer, director

Where Hands TouchA United KingdomBelleA Way of Life

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