Haggis, who was born in London, Ontario, has had a prolific career writing, directing and producing an array of award-winning television and film productions. In 2006, he became the first screenwriter to pen two Oscar-winning feature films back-to-back for Million Dollar Baby (directed by Clint Eastwood) and Crash, a film that he wrote and directed and one that also earned several nominations and awards from other prestigious associations including IFP Spirit Awards, The Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA. Throughout his illustrious career, he has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s leading actors including Oscar Isaac, Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon and Russell Crowe just to name a few. Television credits include Thirtysomething, The Tracey Ullman Show and Due South among others.
“We are honoured and thrilled to have Paul Haggis join us this year. With his talent, wealth of knowledge and experience in screen-based industries, I believe that this year’s delegates will come away from his session both inspired and armed with some solid advice from one of the industry’s finest,” said Kent Robinson, Toronto Screenwriting Conference Producer.
Some of the other speakers lined up for the conference include Marti Noxon (UnREAL, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and the highly-anticipated upcoming Sharp Objects, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Amy Adams), Chris Cantwell (Halt & Catch Fire), Chris Rogers (Halt & Catch Fire), Adam Reed (Archer), Rick Olshansky (Co-Head, AMC Studios), Alison Friedman (Director of Development, Color Force), Mark Ceryak (VP of Film and Televison Production, Gran Via Productions), Alex Foster (President of Production, The Middleton Media Group), Katrina Saville (Private Eyes), Courtney Jane Walker (Degrassi), Tracey Deer (Mowhawk Girls), Jennifer Holness (Shoot the Messenger), Kevin White (Kim’s Convenience), Ins Choi (Kim’s Convenience) and Corey Mandell (award-winning playwright and screenwriter).
The Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) is a two-day weekend event that will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 22 and April 23.