REEL CANADA Promotes Canadian Film Talent with the 2017-18 RBC Emerging Artists in Our Schools Program

TORONTO — March 8, 2018 REEL CANADA and the RBC Emerging Artists Project are partnering on a unique initiative to raise the profiles of three exciting young artists who have begun to make an impression on film audiences in Canada and around the world. The latest crop of REEL CANADA RBC Emerging Artists includes Irdens Exantus, Julia Sarah Stone and Roseanne Supernault. Watch their video profiles to learn more about this trio.

The RBC Emerging Artists project provides funding to arts and cultural organisations to support emerging artists in dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and literature. REEL CANADA presents festivals of Canadian film at high schools.  With support from RBC, REEL CANADA has created short video profiles of each artist that will screen at these festivals, introducing these artists to thousands of young people. To date, RBC Emerging Artist profiles have been seen by more than 37,000 students.

Learn more about the selected artists:

  • Irdens Exantus was born in Montreal and recently appeared in Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre (My Internship in Canada). He says the Canadian film industry “helps us be aware and engaged and proud of what we’re doing here.”
  • Born and raised in Vancouver, Julia Sarah Stone has appeared in the TV thriller The Killing and Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos. Stone says she recognizes the importance of representing Canada because so much of our media comes from elsewhere.
  • Hailing from Alberta, Roseanne Supernault has starred in the Steven Spielberg–produced TV miniseries Into the West and the feature film Maïna. Supernault believes film is an important way to recalibrate our ideas of what it means to be Canadian.

On March 14th, Julia Sarah Stone will be attending John Oliver Secondary School in Vancouver for an in-person Q&A following a screening of Weirdos.

“We reach thousands of Canadian high school students every year,” says Jack Blum, REEL CANADA Executive Director. “RBC’s leadership in promoting young Canadian talent provides a perfect opportunity to help these artists establish a relationship with the young people that attend our festival events.”



REEL CANADA is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes the diversity of Canadian film and its power to spark important conversations about our nation and what it means to be Canadian.  Through our three core programmes — Our Films in Our SchoolsWelcome to Canada and National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) — REEL CANADA has reached hundreds of thousands of high school students, new Canadians, and general audience members. The 2017 edition of National Canadian Film Day, in honour of the nation’s sesquicentennial, was the World’s Largest Film Festival Ever, with more than 1,800 screenings of Canadian films across the country and around the world. Through its programmes, REEL CANADA increases audiences for our films, encourages dialogue and provides an opportunity to enjoy our great nation through the wonderful stories we tell. 


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To schedule interviews with Jack Blum (REEL CANADA Executive Director) or Sharon Corder (REEL CANADA Artistic Director), please contact Katarina Gligorijevic: [email protected]


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