Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra will be part of the jury for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year. The actor, who is currently shooting for the second season of her American show Quantico 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.
Priyanka will judge the Short Films section with celebrities such as 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,” she says.
Incidentally, in January, Priyanka 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.”
Here’s the trailer of the web series, It’s My City
Priyanka has a large fan base in Canada, as the first season of her American show was extensively shot in Montreal. In the past, she has made appearances at TIFF for the screenings of her films — What’s Your Raashee? (2005) and Mary Kom (2015).
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