Created in 2002, the Trailblazer Awards recognize outstanding achievements by racially diverse professionals in the Canadian entertainment industry. These 6 remarkable individuals inspire others and blaze a trail of excellence through their constant efforts to improve and diversify our vibrant film and television industry.


Thyrone Tommy


Thyrone Tommy is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been supported with grants from NBC Universal Canada, Kodak Motion Picture Film, and the Ontario Arts Council. Thyrone’s films have been celebrated internationally at over 30 festivals, including his most recent short, Mariner, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was named one of TIFF Canada's Top Ten shorts of the year. He is currently in development of the feature films To Live and Die in Rexdale and Learn to Swim, the latter of which through Telefilm's Talent to Watch program. Thyrone is an alumnus of TIFF Talent Lab and the Canadian Film Centre's Directors Lab.

Check out our Exclusive Interview with the Trailblazer Below

Q: What Drives you?

Q: Is there a theme in the work you pick?

Q: Was it luck or strategy that helped you find success?

Q: Who impacted your career the most?

Q: How did you build the team around you? 

Q: Did you ever give up hope that you’d not make it? 

Q: What was your worst experience in this business?

Q: What was your best

experience in this business?

Q: Advice to someone just starting out? 

Q: How was Reelworld instrumental in your career? 

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