Young Mohawk actress Kiawentiio Tarbell makes a splash in Tracy Deer's new feature "Beans", also featuring rising star Rainbow Dickerson.
The breakout performance sees Kiawentiio starring as 12-year-old Beans, who is trying to find her place in the community amid the 1990 Kanehsatà:ke and Kahnawá:ke resistance against the Sûreté du Québec, RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces in what came to be known as the "Oka Crisis" in the media.
Kiawentiio's previously left a big impression on TV watchers in "Anne with an E".
After premiering her short film "Norman, Norman" at TIFF in 2018, Canadian filmmaker Sophy Romvari is back with another short film, "Still Processing", exploring her family's past through a trove of unearthed photos and videos that went unseen for decades.
Canadian actor Eli Goree has been making a name for himself for a number of years in films and TV shows like Global's "Da Kink in My Hair" and "Riverdale".
Now he's starring as the iconic Cassius Clay, aka. Muhammad Ali, in Regina King's directorial debut "One Night in Miami" about an incredible meeting between Clay, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke.
With her new film "Beans" at TIFF 2020, actress Rainbow Dickerson is proving ready for the spotlight.
Dickerson, who is of both Thai and Rappahannock ancestry, has over 70 stage credits to her name, along with over a dozen films and TV series, including appearances in "Chicago Fire", "Banshee" and more.
U.K. actress Sheila Atim has been quickly making a name for herself in the world of TV, film and theatre in recent years, winning the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance in Girl from the North Country in London.
After appearing in the Hulu series "Harlots" opposite Samantha Morton, Atim was cast in Barry Jenkins' upcoming adaptation of the novel The Underground Railroad set to premiere in 2021.
At TIFF this year, Atim is making a mark in Halle Berry's directorial debut "Bruised".
One of the hottest films of the festival is the comedy "Shiva Baby", featuring rising star Rachel Sennott.
Sennott stars as Danielle, a twentysomething Jewish woman whose relationship with an older man becomes not-so-secret at a hectic shiva.
Tanya Maniktala is making a splash at TIFF 2020 as the lead of director Mira Nair's new series "A Suitable Boy", based on the novel by Vikram Seth.
Maniktala first made waves for her theatre performances in India, before becoming the star of the YouTube series "Flames".
British-Canadian actress Madeleine Sims-Fewer stars in and co-directs her feature debut with the disturbing Midnight Madness selection "Violation" at this year's festival.
Sims-Fewer and co-director Dusty Mancinelli have previously received attention for their provocative short films, and she is also an alumnus of the TIFF Talent Lab in 2015.