Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir and Welsh-Egyptian writer/director Sally El Hosaini was tapped for special honors at the Toronto International Film Festival’s fourth annual TIFF Tribute Awards, TIFF announced on Thursday.
The TIFF Tribute Awards, a fundraising party for TIFF’s diversity and inclusion efforts, will take place on September 11 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Guðnadóttir, who in 2019 won both Emmy Awards (for her score for the limited series Chernobyl) and an Oscar (for her score for the film Joker), and who scored most recently Sarah PolleyUAR’s highly anticipated movie Women talking, which will have its international premiere at the festival on September 13, will be awarded the event’s Artisan Award, recognizing “an outstanding innovator who has excelled in their craft and made an outstanding contribution for cinema and entertainment”. Its previous recipients: Ari Wegner in 2021; Terence Blanchard in 2020; and Roger Deakins in 2019.
El Hosaini, meanwhile, who will announce her most high-profile film yet, Swimmersas the opening gala night presentation of the festival on September 8, will receive the Emerging Talent Award, which is “presented in the spirit of Torontonian Mary Pickford, actor, producer, and groundbreaking co-founder of United Artists, whose impact continues to this day. Its previous recipients: Danis Goulet in 2021; Tracey Deer in 2020; and Mati Diop in 2019.
“Both Hildur Gudnadóttir and Sally El Hosaini are unique artists who continue to expand their horizons in their fields,” TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement. “We are proud to present the TIFF Tribute Award to Gudnadóttir for her remarkable score for Sarah Polley’s Women talkingand El Hosaini for directing one of the most pressing, emotional films of the year in Swimmers. “
Others honored at the TIFF Tribute Awards include Brendan Fraser, Sam Mendes and the cast of My policedo Harry Styles.