Telefilm Canada New Voices Award

The TELEFILM CANADA New Voices Award is awarded to five emerging screenwriters across Canada. The award provides each winner with a complimentary registration to the eighth annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) (April 22-23, 2017), as well as an exclusive lunch with representatives from Telefilm Canada, and TSC Founder and President of Meridian Artists Agency, Glenn Cockburn.

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Congratulations to our 2017 Telefilm Canada New Voices Award Winners!


Brandon Ash-Mohammed

Brandon Ash-Mohammed

Comedian.Writer. Future Real Housewife of Atlanta . He’s a Tim Sims Award nominated comedian, an Esther Maers Peerce Award winning writer, and the reigning Jann Arden karaoke champion of the world.

A stand up comedian with a penchant for the sass and the pen of a whirlwind mermaid writer his comedy has been featured on Sirius XM. He is a graduate of Humber College’s Comedy Program where he was Prom Pharoah.

Not Convinced?  In 2016, he won a coveted spot in the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program organized by The Writer’s Guild of Canada.

Recently, he joined the acclaimed sketch troupe Fusion. They made their first appearance at Toronto Sketchfest this year and will be performing in Montreal Sketchfest in May 2017. Additionally, Brandon is currently being filmed for a TVO documentary about racialized comedians in Canada.


Reem Morsi

Reem Morsi

Reem Morsi had a career of professional scuba diving, human rights till becoming a writer/director.

Morsi’s film credits include THEIR FEAST (Cannes Short Film Corner, TIFF, BBC, Cine Sud), NOSTALGIA (WIFT 2015), among others. Morsi is a CFC Directors’ Lab alumna 2015.  Morsi received a scriptwriting grant for her feature film BOOTLEG, March 2016.  Her short film BOOTLEG won best Canadian short in London and is also competing at other festivals.

Morsi won first place for SHOW & TELL at the WIFT/BravoFact pitch competition 2016. Morsi’s short scripts were finalists for Robert Bosch Film Fund (Berlin Film Festival) in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Morsi participated at the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus, 2016 TIFF Talent Lab and Women in the Director’s Chair.

Morsi’s short films scripts LIPSTICK, CHECK POINT & MANGO were named finalists for Robert Bosch Film Fund in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (affiliate with the Berlin Film Festival)


JJ Neepin

JJ Neepin

JJ Neepin is an independent, first nations filmmaker living in Winnipeg, Canada.

JJ has written, directed and produced several short films, funded by various organizations, along with her sister and partner Justina Neepin. She has a background in graphic art, singing, dancing and theatre. When she’s not writing or filming she can be found binge watching Netflix and scrolling through Tumblr.

JJ is currently working on EagleVisions’s TAKEN Season 2 as a Director for 2 episodes. HEADDRESS is her 3rd documentary short – it will have its world premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival.  Funded via CBC ShortsDocs.

BAYLINE is her 2nd documentary short funded via the MTS STORIES FROM HOME Broadcaster. Airing in early 2017. THE LEAGUE is her first documentary short, funded via the NSI Aboriginal Documentary Program. The film is currently playing several festivals and aired with broadcaster APTN in fall of 2016.


Thomas Pepper

Thomas Pepper

Thomas Pepper is a Toronto-based filmmaker and screenwriter.

Since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, Thomas has worked with some of the Canada’s most recognizable talents: his credits include Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, Steve Hoban and Vincenzo Natali’s DARKNET, Clement Virgo’s THE BOOK OF NEGROES, and Maxime Desmons’ WHAT WE HAVE.

His second short film, MILK AND HONEY, has screened as part of several festivals, including the NSI Online Short Film Festival. It won “Best Film” at the 2014 Grand River Film Festival. More recently, his latest short film TUESDAY 10:08AM (co-written and directed with Jane Tattersall) screened as part of the Canadian Film Festival and Fort Myers Film Festival.

After two seasons on CTV’s hit medical drama SAVING HOPE, Thomas is currently developing several projects for both film and television.


Adam Perry

Adam Perry

Adam Perry is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. His current project, A SMALL FORTUNE, recently completed the National Screen Institutes Feature’s First program, is currently in development with the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts to Features program and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Shore Scripts Features category.


Kenny Wong

Kenny Wong

Kenny Wong is a Montreal-based actor, writer and filmmaker with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree on the violin from McGill University. Since 2014, he writes, produces and stars in the comedy web series, THE BATTLE JAR CHRONICLES, which had exclusive screenings, including its Season 2 premiere, at Ottawa and Montreal Comiccon in 2016. Kenny is currently in pre-production for a drama short and shooting another web series he created, MUSICALS IN EVERYDAY LIFE. He is also writing two one-hour-long drama pilots, with his writing partner, Adrian Saldanha, about the hardships of a broken Chinese family, and the rekindling of a damaged violinist’s love for classical music.

TV/Film acting credits include: JACK RYAN (Amazon Studios), BRAD’S STATUS (Plan B), DEATHWISH (MGM/Paramount), ROADSIDE PICNIC (Sony), 19-2 (Bravo), THE ART OF MORE (Crackle), THE GLASS CASTLE (Lionsgate), LOST GENERATION (New Form Digital).


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)

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