The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival came to a close this past weekend with its annual awards reception at the Fairmont Royal York. Here are the results:
<b>AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM</b>
The $10, 000 cash prize award for Best Canadian Short Film went to Chris Chong Chan Fui’s POOL. The 2007 short film jury members are filmmaker Brad Peyton; Director of Original Production for Showcase, Rachel Fulford, and Berlin-based curator Stefanie Schulte Strathaus.
<b>CITYTV AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM</b>
The CityTV Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film went to Stephane Lafleur’s CONTINENTAL, UN FILM SANS FUSIL. Established by sponsor CityTV, the award carries a cash prize of $15,000.
<b>TORONTO-CITY AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM</b>
The Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film went to Guy Maddin’s MY WINNIPEG. Co-sponsored by the City of Toronto and CityTV, the Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film carries a cash prize of $30,000.
Winners of the CityTV Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film and the Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film were selected by a jury of film industry professionals, consisting of filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, winner of last year’s Best Canadian Feature Film award for her film MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES; award-winning actor Colm Feore (BON COP, BAD COP; THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD); acclaimed producer Roger Frappier (JESUS DE MONTREAL, MAELSTROM); and Olivier Pere, head of programming at Cinematheque Francaise, and Artistic Director of the Directors Fortnight.
<b>DIESEL DISCOVERY AWARD</b>
The DIESEL Discovery award went to Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman’s COCHOCHI. The Festival press corps, which consists of 1000 international media, voted on the DIESEL Discovery Award. The award offers a $10,000 cash prize and custom award sponsored by DIESEL Canada.
<b>ARTISTIC INNOVATION AWARD</b>
The Artistic Innovation Award honours the artistry, innovation and audacity of one of the Festival’s inventive Visions titles as selected by an international industry jury of major visual artists. This year’s award goes to Anahi Berneri’s ENCARNACION, the second feature film by Berneri (A YEAR WITHOUT LOVE). The jury consists of Dutch multimedia artist Lonnie van Brummelen; Vancouver-based influential pioneering photoconceptual artist Ian Wallace and renowned curator Christopher Eamon. The award offers a $10,000 cash prize.
<b>PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZE)</b>
The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) was awarded to Rodrigo Pla’s LA ZONA. The prize is annually bestowed to a feature film directed by an emerging filmmaker making its world premiere at the Festival.
<b>CADILLAC PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD</b>
The Cadillac People’s Choice Award is voted on by Festival audiences. This year’s award went to David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES. The first runner-up was Jason Reitman’s JUNO and the second was Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s BODY OF WAR. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Cadillac.