PeeCee joins TIFF jury, says has al­ways pro­moted tal­ent

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Kavita Awaasthi kavita.awaasthi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra will be part of the jury for the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (TIFF) this year. PeeCee, who is cur­rently shoot­ing for the sec­ond sea­son of her Amer­i­can TV show in New York, USA, is look­ing for­ward to the event in Septem­ber.

“It is ex­cit­ing. I have al­ways pro­moted new tal­ent, and cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for them. This (be­ing part of the jury) will help me do that too,” says Priyanka, who launched her pro­duc­tion house last year with the in­ten­tion to en­cour­age bud­ding tal­ent.

The 34-year-old will judge the Short Films sec­tion with Hol­ly­wood ac­tor James Franco, Cana­dian di­rec­tor Xavier Dolan and Amer­i­can di­rec­tor Ava DuVer­nay. “I have al­ways found short films ex­cit­ing. Dig­i­tal is the fu­ture. I am in­ter­ested in learn­ing how a story can be told in a short span of time,” says Priyanka.

In­ci­den­tally, in Jan­uary, the ac­tor pro­duced a web se­ries (she also ap­peared on it), ti­tled It’s My City. Ask her if she plans to make more in the fu­ture, and she says, “We are plan­ning and de­vel­op­ing a lot of con­tent for films, television and dig­i­tal plat­forms. Let’s see how it goes.”

Priyanka has a large fan base in Canada, as the first sea­son of her Amer­i­can show was ex­ten­sively shot in Mon­treal. She has made ap­pear­ances at pre­vi­ous edi­tions of TIFF for the screenings of her films — What’s Your Raashee? (2005) and Mary Kom (2015).

PHOTO: VALERIE MA­CON/AFP

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