Autograph Collection Hotels transformed the always-buzzed-about Mongrel House at TIFF this year and hosted cocktails to celebrate MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL as newly-appointed Independent Film Advisor for the Brand’s Indie Film Project.  The venue feature pop-up interactive displays that represented the unique properties part of the Autograph Collection Hotels all over Canada. From a gin tasting at The Douglas (Vancouver) to a beautiful golf course display for The Algonquin (St. Andrews by-the-Sea), visitors were transported to their properties from coast to coast.

For this year’s program, which focuses on female screenwriters, Maggie was personally inspired by Virginia Woolf’s famed feminist 1929 essay “A Room of One’s Own,” which argues the importance of literal and figurative space that women writers need within a literary tradition dominated by men.

Sarah Jane Inwards, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Amanda Idoko, Chiara Towne

Industry insiders gathered to celebrate the ‘the next class’ of female screenwriters adding their voices to the industry — Sarah Jane Inwards (Jellyfish Summer), Amanda Idoko (Breaking News In Yuba County) and Chiara Towne (V.I.N.) — all of whom were selected by Maggie personally from The Black List to participate in the brand’s Screenwriters in Residence program which was announced at TIFF Sept 8.  Maggie spoke proudly on the importance of female voices in the industry and is excited to part of this new program.

Guests of Autograph Collection hotels in the U.S. and Canada can now stream a curated selection of indie films during their stay. These critically-acclaimed indie films are curated to reflect our appreciation of art, culture, cuisine, design and travel, amongst other themes. For more information on The Indie Film Project visit the Autograph Collection Hotels online.

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