The Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals worldwide. Held every year in the beautiful and multinational city of Vancouver, the festival cineblog nuovo indirizzo brings the cream of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The festival’s program showcases a wide variety of North American and International feature films as well as provocative short films, documentaries, music videos, animation films, experimental films, student films, a screenplay competition, and much more.
The festival acts as a platform for artistic interface and exchange of ideas between independent filmmakers and the worldwide audience. Festival goers have their own share of fun with everything from Canadian and World movie Premiers to close gatherings and night-long parties. The festival opens with a filmmaker reception and concludes with the Closing Awards Ceremony honoring the impressive work by some of today’s brilliant and most creative artists.
Each year, awards are given in all main categories for top films, filmmakers, writers and actors. The coveted Grand Jury Award is presented to the best motion picture in the festival selected from among all the participating films.
Apart from the jury awards, the festival also gives out an annual Audience Award to the film with the highest rating as decided by the festival audience.
Cash prizes are presented for the Grand Jury Prize, awarded to the best film in the competition amongst all categories. The top three prize winners of the Screenplay Competition also receive handsome cash prizes.
This year at the Canadian International Film Festival 2012, there are a number of awards that were presented in various categories. Grand Jury Award, Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best of Canada, Best Foreign Feature, Best Foreign Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Experimental Film, Best Animation, Best Music Video, Best Environmental Film, Best Humanitarian Film, Best Comedy, Best Family Film, Best Television Pilot and Best “Made on Mobile” are the various categories in this year’s festival.
Toronto Film Festival – Full list of winners 2012
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the 37th of its kind, awards were given to a number of movies of different tastes. With a variety of awards at stake, Festival highlights such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Seven Psychopaths” took home 11 awards in a ceremony that took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. The full list of winners is below:
Best Canadian Short Film: The award was presented to Deco Dawson for “Keep a Modest Head”. The jury comprised of journalist and author Matthew Hays, journalist Katrina Onstad and filmmaker Reginald Harkema. The film was chosen over the others as the film “expands the boundaries of documentary and perfectly reflects its surreal subject”. The award was a $10,000 cash prize.
The City of Toronto plus Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways”. The jury comprised of producer and filmmaker Jody Shapiro, CPH PIX Festival Director Jacob Neiiendam, actor and filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar and director, writer and producer Patricia Rozema. The film was chosen “For its breathless cinematic energy and its entirely new love story, the jury felt honored to watch such unfettered genius at play.” The award came with a cash prize of $30,000.
The SKYY Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film: This category saw a tie between Brandon Cronenberg’s “Antiviral” and Jason Buxton’s “Blackbird”. The jury comprised of producer and filmmaker Jody Shapiro, CPH PIX Festival Director Jacob Neiiendam, actor and filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar and director, writer and producer Patricia Rozema. The cash prize – which was originally $15,000 -, was doubled this year and both Brandon and Jason received a cash prize of $15,000 each.