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Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, selections must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident, must include Canada as an official country of production, and must have received commercial release or played a major film festival in Canada in 2015. The feature- and short-film selections are each chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada.

Awards

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award

Festival audiences can vote for their favourite films at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival by dropping their ticket stubs in the ballot boxes outside of the cinemas.

The People’s Choice Award goes to My Internship in Canada (Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre), directed by Philippe Falardeau. My Internship in Canada is a sharp political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head while tearing democracy to shreds. Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament representing a vast county in Northern Quebec who unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of determining whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, daughter and Souverain (Sovereign) Pascal, an idealistic intern from Haiti, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents and face his own conscience.

Student Shorts Prizes

The Runner-up for Best Film (Live Action) prize award is a rental grant worth $3,500 provided by William F. White International Inc.

The award for Best Film (Live Action) comes with: a rental grant worth $6,000 provided by William F. White International Inc.; a DCP output of the film courtesy of Technicolor; $1,000 from the Directors Guild of Canada; a ticket to the Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and a Sales & Industry Pass to the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

The award for Best Film (Animation) comes with: a DCP output of the film courtesy of Technicolor; $1,000 courtesy of the Directors Guild of Canada; a ticket to the Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and a Sales & Industry Pass to the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

  • The Award for Runner up (Live Action)ALIA, director Raghed Charabaty
  • The Award for Best Film (Live Action)Ms. Liliane, director Junna Chif
  • The Award for Best Film (Animation) - The Casebook of Nips & Porkington, director Melody Wang

Going National

The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival tours select films to major cities across the country including stops at Vancouver’s The Cinematheque (January 8 to 17), Montreal’s PHI Centre (January 8 to 16), Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque (January 15 to February 28), Edmonton’s Metro Cinema (January 22 to 31), Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada (January 23, additional dates TBA), the Calgary International Film Festival at the Globe Cinema (February 4 to 7), and the Atlantic Film Festival in association with the Halifax Central Library (May 2 to 8).

New this year, the festival will present a special screening simultaneously in three different cities, which includes a simulcast introduction and interactive Q&A offering audiences in Vancouver’s The Cinematheque and Montreal’s PHI Centre the chance to ask questions of the talent in Toronto. Select screenings from the lineup also return to Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, with added stops in Halifax and Ottawa. Filmgoers in Toronto can once again vote to crown the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award winner.

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