Telefilm Canada New Voices Award

As we reimagine how we deliver the 2020 Toronto Screenwriting Conference, the TSC together with Telefilm Canada are committed to continuing the Telefilm New Voices Award with some slight changes for this year.

The TELEFILM CANADA New Voices Award will be awarded to five emerging screenwriters from across Canada. Award winners will receive a complimentary registration to the 2021 Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC), a meeting with executives from Telefilm Canada in your host city (where possible). Award winners will also be connected with a mentor to help develop the submitted script (total of three one-hour meetings, conducted in-person* or remotely through Skype, or phone), and receive a complimentary digital download of Final Draft (new program or upgrade) courtesy of Final Draft (TSC’s official screenwriting software).

*When we are no longer observing social distancing

2020 Award Winners

Ian Steaman

Ian Steaman

Screenwriter

Ian Steaman is a recovering music industry executive turned award-winning screenwriter with a passion for telling stories from the perspective of marginalised and underrepresented people & communities.

After a more than decade long career working in the New York City hip-hop industry and a two year stint at CBC Music where he helped script the DRAKE’S PLAN docuseries, he switched focus to writing for television.

In 2018 he was selected for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Fellowship, then as a Breakthrough Artist at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference in 2019. In 2020, he was a Reelworld E20 participant and Resident in the CFC Bell Media Prime Time TV Program working with acclaimed, veteran showrunner, Bruce Smith on his new TV series project, JUDAS.

Currently, he is working on two one hour drama pilots and a half-hour workplace dramedy and was just selected for the Banff World Media Festival Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program.

Jessica Moss

Jessica Moss

Actor/Writer/Director/Producer

Jessica Moss is a performer, writer, director and producer who creates emotional, female-centred comedies. Her plays include Polly Polly, Modern Love, Cam Baby, Next to Him, A Girl Lives Alone, I Will Miss You When You’re Gone, and more. Her work as been developed or presented at Roundabout Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Premiere Stages, Kitchen Dog Theatre, South Coast Rep, The Flea Theatre, the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, and at the Toronto Fringe, among others. Training: Juilliard. More: jessicamoss.ca

Josh Granovsky

Josh Granovsky

Screenwriter

Josh Granovsky is a Toronto-based writer and student. He graduates this month with a B.A.H. in Film and Media from Queen’s University, and will start at the University of Southern California’s Writing for Screen and Television M.F.A. in the fall. He worked as an assistant to producer Kara Haflidson (Crave/Hulu’s LETTERKENNY) and writer Lara Shapiro (FX’s THE AMERICANS). His first short film, WYD?, premiered at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival in 2019, later screening at NSI Canada’s Online Short Film Festival, T.O. Webfest, and NoBudge. His scripts have placed in the second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and the semi-finals of the Filmmatic Short Screenplay Competition. Josh also served as Lifestyle Editor of The Queen’s Journal, where his articles garnered a Canadian Community Newspaper Award and—more importantly—a Twitter follow from rapper Missy Elliott.

Paul Frank

Paul Frank

Editor/Screenwriter/Producer

Paul Frank is an award-winning film and television editor and writer/director. His screenplays have placed in top competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, ScreenCraft, BlueCat, Page, Big Break, WeScreenplay, Atlanta and LA Screenplay Awards. His editing credits include the films SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, THE TO DO LIST, PAINT IT BLACK and PROSPECT. In addition to his film work, Paul has edited television shows for HBO, NBC, Comedy Central, FX, IFC and Funny or Die. He received his MFA in film from Columbia University. Paul is originally from New York City, but currently lives in Vancouver with his wife, two kids and a betta fish.

Simone Stock

Simone Stock

Screenwriter/Director

Fresh out of film school Simone Stock found her first job on a movie set. She worked her way up from catering to assisting Hollywood pros on features shot in her hometown of Toronto.

Mentors like Reginald Hudlin (DJANGO UNCHAINED), Ann Bancroft (THE GRADUATE), Liam Neeson (TAKEN), and Roger Spottiswoode (TOMORROW NEVER DIES) showed Simone the ropes. But it was director Claudia Weill (GIRLFRIENDS) who urged Simone to write.

TIFF nominated Simone for comedy short MOTOWN MORNING (made at AFI) for Best Short. Sci-fi short IRIS screened Cannes and won awards around the world. Screenplays LITTLE BIG FISH and RAE OF LIGHT won WFF’s China-Canada Screenplay Competition two years in a row.

Roger Spottiswoode upgraded Simone from assistant to 2nd Unit director on features THE JOURNEY HOME, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI and A STREETCAT NAMED BOB.

Simone directed digital comedies EARTHLING HOUSE HUNTRESS (CBC), CLAIREVOYANT (Shaftsbury) and most recently viral spot STOP THE SPREAD! in response to the World Health Organization’s global call to creatives to help fight COVID19.

Producers Don Carmody & Spottiswoode boarded Simone’s Sci-fi feature STARLIGHT with partner Misha Skoric. The passion project (mentored by the Praxis Screenwriting Lab, WIDC & WIFT) is the story of a mother facing an impossible choice – letting her non-verbal son leave Earth with the aliens he can effortlessly talk to, or stay home safe, but silent.

Past Winners

2019 Telefilm New Voices Winners

Darren Anthony (Toronto)
Tony Faria (Toronto)
Lauren Greenwood (Toronto)
Jennifer Irons (Toronto)
James Stewart (Toronto)

2018 Telefilm New Voices Winners

Davida Aronovitch (Toronto)
Michael Hanley (Toronto)
Erin Hug (Toronto)
Kim Morrison (Toronto)
Lisa Rose Snow (Toronto)

2017 Telefilm New Voices Winners

Brandon Ash-Mohammed (Toronto)
Reem Morsi (Toronto)
JJ Neepin (Winnipeg)
Thomas Pepper (Toronto)
Adam Perry (Charlottetown)
Kenny Wong (Montreal)

2016 Telefilm New Voices Winners

Marie Dame (Toronto)
Ana De Lara (Vancouver)
Rebecca Hales (Vancouver)
Kim Izzo (Toronto)
John Ward (Vancouver)

2015 Telefilm New Voices Winners

Dennis Allen (Lethbridge)
Keith Davidson (Toronto)
Tommy Gushue (Toronto)
Vivian Lin (Toronto)
Carly Stone (Vancouver)

2014 Telefilm New Voices Winners

Jon Wayne Brown (St. John’s)
Katherine Di Marino (Toronto)
Elene Mekete (Toronto)
Lea Nakonechny (Montreal)
Ashley Park (Toronto)

2013 Telefilm New Voices Winners

Gloria Ui Young Kim (Toronto)
Margaret Rose Lester (Mississauga)
Maurey Loeffler (Toronto)
Piers Rae (Vancouver)
Nathalie Younglai (Toronto)