The Toronto International Film Festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals worldwide.
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Held each year in the beautiful and multinational city of Vancouver, the festival brings the cream of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The festival’s program showcases a wide array of North American and International feature films in addition to provocative short films, documentaries, music videos, cartoon films, experimental films, student films, a screenplay competition, and much more.The festival functions as a platform for artistic port and exchange of ideas between individual filmmakers and the global 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 Final Awards Ceremony honoring the remarkable work by some of today’s brilliant and most innovative artists.Every year, awards are awarded in all main categories for top films, filmmakers, writers and actors. The coveted Grand Jury Award is presented to the best motion picture from the festival chosen from among all of the participating films.Apart from the jury awards, the festival also offers an annual Audience Award to the movie with the highest rating as determined by the festival audience.Cash prizes are presented for the Grand Jury Prize, given to the best film in the contest amongst all types. 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 a variety of categories. Toronto Film Festival – Full list of champions 2012This year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the 37th of its type, awards were given to quite a few movies of distinct 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 in the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. The full list of winners is below:Best Canadian Short Film: The award was introduced to Deco Dawson to get”Keep a Modest Head”. The jury comprised of writer and author Matthew Hays, journalist Katrina Onstad and filmmaker Reginald Harkema. The movie was picked over the others as the movie”expands the bounds of movie and certainly 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, celebrity and filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar and director, author and producer Patricia Rozema. The film was chosen”For its breathless cinematic energy and its own entirely fresh romance narrative, the jury felt honored to watch these unfettered genius .” The award came with a cash prize of $30,000. The SKYY Vodka Award for the Best Canadian First Feature Film: This group watched 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 manager, author and producer Patricia Rozema. The money prize – that was initially $15,000 -, had been doubled this season and both Brandon and Jason received a cash prize of $15,000 each. The BlackBerry People’s Choice Award: The BlackBerry People’s Choice Award was determined by the Festival audience. According to Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF,”the film is an intense, loving, emotional and humorous family story from the manager of The Fighter, David O. Russell, where Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence find themselves partners in a secret sequence to rebuild their broken lives. Robert De Niro yearns to get nearer to his son (Cooper), as he attempts to keep the family afloat with his compulsive bookmaking.”