The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today that Genre filmmaker Patricia Chica, known for her horror/fantasy shorts “A Tricky Treat” and “Serpent’s Lullaby”, is among the female directors selected for the prestigious TIFF Filmmaker Lab. Chica’s submission of “Montreal Girls,” a feature script in the advanced phase of development, as well as a one minute excerpt from her acclaimed short “Morning After“, landed her a spot in the highly competitive program.
“It is a tremendous honor, and I’m excited for the mentorship opportunity and to develop and advance my current projects through this excellent lab,” says Patricia Chica.
“Montreal Girls,” co-written with Kamal John Iskander, tells the story of Basil, a young Egyptian student who travels to Montreal to study medicine and meets two young women who alter his perceptions and inspire him to follow his innate desire to become a poet. Carmen Aiello is casting out of Los Angeles. Producers Mohamed Hefzy and Daniel Ziskind of Cairo-based production company Film Clinic (TIFF’s 2017 selection “Sheikh Jackson” and Cannes’ 2018 selection “Yomeddine”), will handle the Egypt segment of filming.
The team of “Montréal Girls” is attending the Toronto International Film Festival® and open to discuss this production with Sales Agents, Talent Agents, and Financiers. In the light of that, Shoreline Management in Beverly Hills, CA has signed Patricia Chica and is now managing her career within the US and Latin American markets.
About Patricia Chica
Patricia Chica is an award-winning director with over 50 hours of content to her credit. An alumna of Concordia University’s Film Production program, where she graduated with distinction, she specializes in auteur-driven films that feature strong characters, provocative stories, and striking visuals. Dread Central listed her as a “Rising Female Filmmakers.” Chica’s work has garnered numerous awards with more than 300 international official selections. Her horror shorts Ceramic Tango, Serpent’s Lullaby, Crimson Dance and A Tricky Treat have premiered at Fantasia, Screamfest, Morbido, Telluride Horror Show and many other genre festivals. Chica recently participated in the SODEC_LAB Immersion Cannes where she furthered the development of her feature, Montreal Girls. (PatriciaChica.com)
About TIFF Filmmaker Lab
Held annually during the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Filmmaker Lab is an artistic development program intended for aspiring Canadian and international filmmakers. This extremely competitive program provides 20 emerging directors and screenwriters with an intensive learning experience that seeks to further develop their creativity, artistic process, and voice. With guidance from some of the best-known and most esteemed experts in independent cinema from around the world, TIFF Talent Lab is designed to launch the careers of the next generation of filmmakers. (TIFF.net)