The programme returns for its ninth year with a diverse group of talented young men and women.
Kacey Rohl, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Nahéma Ricci, and Shamier Anderson . The programme will showcase and help nurture the talent of four of Canada’s most exciting up-and-coming actors.
“We were blown away by this group and deeply impressed by these young, up-and-coming voices. I have no doubt they’ll go on to do big things, just like the Rising Stars who came before them.”
The TIFF Rising Stars programme will provide the actors with an exclusive opportunity to experience and engage with the Festival. They will have access to professional development sessions, Industry events, red carpets, mentorship, and valuable networking opportunities.
About the Canadian Rising Stars
Kacey Rohl i s from Vancouver. Her first onscreen appearance was the TV series V (09–11). She is best known for her roles in Red Riding Hood (11), The Killing (11–14), Arrow (12– ), Hannibal (13–15), Wayward Pines(15–16), and The Magicians (15–19). She stars in the feature film White Lie, making its World Premiere at TIFF 2019.She is currently shooting the TV series Fortunate Son.
Mikhaïl Ahooja is a Montreal-based actor who is very active in Quebec. He has appeared in numerous plays, TVshows,andmovies.RecenttelevisioncreditsincludeAusecoursdeBéatrice (14–),Prémonitions (16–), and Juste nous deux (19–). He has also starred in the feature films La Maison du pêcheur (13), Fabuleuses(19), and The Twentieth Century,which is making its World Premiere at TIFF 2019.
Nahéma Ricci was born in Montreal. As an interpreter, she has participated in multiple film projects and the stage production cet intervalle (17). As a performer, Ricci’s onscreen credits include Ailleurs (17) andAntigone,which is making its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. She is also the author, director, and interpreter of the play Identikit (19), which was presented at Montreal’s Fringe Festival. She recently completed the 2018–19 Dance as a Profession program at Danceworks in Berlin. In the near future, she will appear in the independent drama Before El Finâ .
Select television credits include Wynonna Earp (16– ) and Amazon’s Goliath (18), on which Anderson is a regular. Notable features include Across the Line (15); roles opposite Nicole Kidman in Destroyer, which premiered at TIFF2018, and opposite JohnnyDepp in CityofLies (18);andEndings,Beginnings ,which is premiering at TIFF 2019. Anderson recently wrapped on Spike Lee’s Son of the South and Stowaway,opposite Anna Kendrick. Anderson and his brother Stephan James co-founded the B.L.A.C.K. Ball, an event hosted in Toronto during TIFF and in Los Angeles during Oscars season.