Congratulations to Cosmopolis’ Sarah Gadon, an inaugural TIFF “Rising Star”

The chauffeurs are very excited to hear about Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis‘ Elise Shifrin) being named to the Toronto International Film Festival’s Rising Star programme. She has two films showing at this year’s festival one of which is David Cronenberg’s highly anticipated A Dangerous Method. Congratulations Sarah!

photo credit: Caitlin Cronenberg

From the TIFF Press Release:

Toronto – Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival®, announced the four participants selected to take part in TIFF’s Rising Stars programme, a new initiative designed to discover the next generation of made-in-Canada international talent. The inaugural programme will take place at this year’s Festival (September 8-18, 2011), and will showcase four talented actors, Sarah Allen, Katie Boland, Sarah Gadon and Keon Mohajeri, who have proven themselves ready to expand their film careers beyond Canada to the world.

“With resumes that include theatre, dance, television, short and feature films, these promising actors are poised to have their careers break out internationally. We can think of no better platform from which to launch our new initiative than from the Toronto International Film Festival when industry, filmmakers and media from around the world descend upon Toronto,” said Bailey.

Rising Stars supports and champion homegrown on-screen artists with the goal of providing them with the professional tools and contacts they need in order to break big.

“TIFF’s Rising Stars programme is yet another step in realizing Brian Linehan’s dream of showcasing our Canadian talent to the world,” said Michael A. Levine, executor of the estate of Brian Linehan and trustee of the The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director of the CFC added that “the CFC is proud to be associated with The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and yet another great TIFF initiative in support of Canadian talent.”

“There is overwhelming talent within our country. We take pride in our artists and through this programme we can give them the tools and support they need as they make the next big leap in their career,” said Karen Bruce, Director of Canadian Initiatives, TIFF. “Our four TIFF Rising Stars will be offered an intensive professional development experience and be given the opportunity to network with casting directors, agents, managers, producers and filmmakers who can advise them in the realities of the industry.”

Sarah Gadon is an accomplished artist who spent much of her adolescence training as a performer with time spent as a Junior Associate at the National Ballet School of Canada and as a student at Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts. Now Sarah divides her time between film sets and academics as a Cinema Studies student at the University of Toronto. Sarah has roles in David Croenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries, both of which will be screening at this year’s Festival. Sarah recently completed production on Cosmopolis, marking her second collaboration with David Cronenberg.

A fantastic programme supporting fantastic talent! You can read the complete TIFF press release HERE.