Originally, introduced five years ago the Platform Prize seeks to honour emerging and established filmmakers from around the world who have a unique perspective; the 10 selected entries for the 44th Toronto International Film Festival edition come from Europe, Latin America, East Asia, USA and Canada with four of them directed by women. “Competitions should celebrate the range of what great cinema is and what it can accomplish. Platform is alive to those possibilities,” stated Platform Co-Curator Andréa Picard in a press release. “Whether they are debuts or mid-career works, these films push the boundaries of narrative filmmaking in surprising and rigorous ways, some using documentary or experimental techniques in their approaches. Audiences will recognize similar themes emerge like a global collective subconscious, but what is truly exciting is the varied means of cinematic expression on display.” Opening the competition is the World Premiere of Rocks by Sarah Gavron which revolves around a teenager struggling to care for herself and younger brother. Others include the teacher as inspiration Wet Season directed by Anthony Chen, family trauma My Zoe helmed by Julie Delpy, musically incline Sound of Metal orchestrated by Darius Marder and literary adaption Martin Eden translated by Pietro Marcello.