The Toronto International Film Festival has announced Canadian director Gia Milani as the winner of the 2013 Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award.
The emerging filmmaker was chosen from 28 international submissions by a panel of industry insiders for her dedication to filmmaking and feature full-length debut, All the Wrongs Reasons, which had its world premiere on Sunday (8).
Starring the late Glee star Cory Monteith and Karine Vanasee, the film tells the story of a husband coming to terms with his wife’s posttraumatic stress disorder after returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
“We are thrilled to recognize Gia Milani for her incredible perseverance and unshakeable vision,” says Sarah Waldock, director of marketing at SABMiller Canada, Grolsch’s Canadian distributor. “All the Wrong Reasons was truly a labour of love and commitment, and Gia’s passion, coupled with her tenacity and innovative approach to the rigorous and creative aspects of filmmaking made her an ideal choice for the Discovery Award.”
Along with the award, Milani walks away with a $10,000 cash prize to be put towards a future project.