Women Screenwriters in TIFF’s 2017 First Wave Announcements

The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films, including a total of 16 films written or co-written by women, including 4 Gala screenings and 12 Special Presentations. More announcements from TIFF are still to come. 

GALAS (4/12)

  • Kings - Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • Mary Shelley - Haifaa Al Mansour and Emma Jensen
  • Mudbound - Dee Rees and Virgil Williams
  • The Wife - Jane Anderson


  • The Breadwinner - Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis
  • Disobedience - Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Sebastian Lelio
  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers - Loung Ung and Angelina Jolie
  • The Hungry - Bornila Chatterjee, Tanaji Dasgupta, and Kurban Kassam

Special Presentations Opening Film (7/10)

  • Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig 
  • Novitiate - Margaret Betts
  • Plonger - Mélanie Laurent, Christophe Deslandes, and Julien Lambroschini
  • The Price of Success - Rebecca Zlotowski and Teddy Lussi-Modeste
  • Professor Martson & the Wonder Women - Angela Robinson
  • The Rider - Chloé Zhao
  • The Shape of Water - Vanessa Taylor and Guillermo del Toro 

Special Presentations Closing Film (1/7)

  • Submergence - Erin Dignam 

Our conscious minds are very spread out. We worry about the past. We worry about the future. We label. And all of that stuff just makes us very separate. What I’m trying to do is just quiet it down. Put that brain down from time to time and hope those periods of quiet and stillness get longer. When you do that, what rises from the mist is a kind of surrendering. You’re more connected as opposed to being separate. A lot of the questions about destiny or fate or purpose or any of that stuff—it’s not like you get answers. You just realize you didn’t need the questions.