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Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a "festival of festivals" — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as "the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive." *
*Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail, September 3, 2005.
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This year marked the 40th year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award.
The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award:
Winner: Agnès Varda and JR’s Faces Places
Second runner-up: Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!
First runner-up: Long Time Running by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier
TORONTO PLATFORM PRIZE PRESENTED BY AIR FRANCE
For its third year of the Platform programme of director’s cinema, the Festival welcomed an international jury comprised of Chen Kaige, Malgorzata Szumowska, and Wim Wenders.
Winner: Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country
Jury remarks: “This is a spiritual epic taking place in 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is a great saga of human fate, and its themes of race and struggle for survival are handled in such a simple, rich, unpretentious and touching way, that it became for us a deeply emotional metaphor for our common fight for dignity.”
Speaking about their deliberations, the Jury statement added: “We saw twelve films from all over the world that took us into very different universes of the soul and to extremely different places on our planet. We were thankful to be able to see these films and we very much appreciated that actually exactly half of them were made by women. TIFF is leading the way, we feel. As we only had one award to give, we had to be quite radical. We also limited ourselves to only one special mention, even if other films might have imposed themselves for best acting, writing or directing.”
Awarding a special mention to Clio Barnard’s Dark River, the Jury said: “This film deeply rooted in the Yorkshire countryside convinced us, as its characters and actors, its photography, its story and its sense of place were all so utterly believable and controlled, that we were totally taken by it.”
The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury composed of jury president Jonathan Rosenbaum (USA), Robert Daudelin (Canada), Martin Horyna (Czech Republic), Ivonete Pinto (Brazil), Marietta Steinhart (Austria), and Jim Slotek (Canada).
Winner: Huang Hsin-Yao’s The Great Buddha+
Jury remarks: “The NETPAC Jury awards The Great Buddha+ for depicting the interface between the haves and have-nots, with black humour and style, innovating with noir in representing the social reality of Taiwan today.”
Jury members include jury chairperson Rashmi Doraiswamy (India), Jian Hao (China), and Savine Wong (Canada).
The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of Marit van den Elshout, Johnny Ma, and Chloé Zhao.
IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM
Winner: Marc-Antoine Lemire’s Pre-Drink
Jury remarks: “A monumental yet intimate portrayal of a woman in transition.“
IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
Winner: Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s The Burden (Min Börda)
Jury remarks: “Whimsical but tragic, imaginative and just plain weird, this is exactly what one can expect from a Scandinavian musical with fish in bath robes singing out their existentialist crisis. This is a film that stands out in this program and any film program it will ever be part of.”
Honourable mentions to Matthew Rankin’s The Tesla World Light (Tesla: Lumière Mondiale) and Qiu Yang’s Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night).
The Canadian awards below were selected by a jury comprised of Mark Adams, Min Sook Lee, and Ella Cooper.
CITY OF TORONTO AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM
Winner: Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk' Luk'l
Jury remarks: “The award goes to a striking debut film that disrupts borders - of form and content and suggests new cinematic territories. This beautifully realized film offers a unique Canadian perspective, made with real compassion, insight and remarkable characters from Vancouver’s East Side.”
Honourable mention to Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava.
CANADA GOOSE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM
Winner: Robin Aubert’s Les Affamés.
Jury remarks: “A hybrid art-house film that proved to be something of a revelation. Wonderfully scripted and perfectly cast, this film managed the rare feat of featuring genuinely interesting and well-rounded characters; surprising dramatic and comedic moments with well thought-out multi-generational female roles (who were totally badass) while also dealing with poignant and contemporary issues, set against a striking rural backdrop and hundreds of ‘ravenous’ zombies.”
Honourable mention to Simon Lavoie’s The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes).
Chen Kaige was born in Beijing. After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 1982, he made his feature film debut with Yellow Earth (84). In 1993, he won the first Palme D’Or for a Chinese language film at Cannes for his epic Farewell, My Concubine (93). His numerous features include Together (02), To Each His Own (07), and Caught in the Web (12), all of which have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, in addition to Temptress Moon (96), Killing Me Softly (02), The Promise (05), Forever Enthralled (08), and Sacrifice (10). In 2015, Chen directed Monk Comes Down the Mountain, a martial arts drama that was a box office powerhouse in China. Legend of the Demon Cat, about the famous Japanese tale of Kukai the monk, is currently in post-production and marks the most ambitious project by Chen to date.
Małgorzata Szumowska is a Polish filmmaker from Kraków. Her films include the Silver Leopard–winning 33 Scenes from Life (08); In the Name Of (13), which received the Berlinale Teddy Award; Elles (11); and Body (15), which was the recipient of the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlinale and a European Film Award. She has been nominated twice for the European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year, and has won many other prestigious awards around the world.
Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf. Seven of his films, including Alice in the Cities (74) and Kings of the Road (76), screened at the inaugural Festival in 1976. His features Hammett (82), Paris, Texas (84), Lisbon Story (94), Land of Plenty (04), Pina (11), Every Thing Will Be Fine (15), and Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez (16) also screened at the Festival. Among his many other films are The American Friend (77), The State of Things (82), Wings of Desire (87), Until the End of the World (91), Faraway, So Close! (93), The End of Violence (97), Buena Vista Social Club (99), and Don't Come Knocking (05). Submergence (17) is his latest film.
Johnny Ma was born in Shanghai and raised in Canada. He studied film at Columbia University. His short film A Grand Canal (13) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was a Canada’s Top Ten pick. Old Stone (16), his directorial debut and first feature film, premiered at Berlinale and was awarded the Best Canadian First Feature Film award at TIFF that year. The film also won the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s award for Best First Feature. His other short films include The Robbery (10), Play (11), and The Genius from Quintino (12).
Marit van den Elshout works for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is the head of IFFR PRO and manages the Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart, Rotterdam Lab, and Film Office. She also acts on several selection committees, including committees for the Rotterdam Media Fund, the Hubert Bals Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. She is an EAVE 2009 graduate, is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Jerusalem International Film Lab, and is a member of the European Film Academy. She was also industry liaison for the Melbourne International Film Festival, and has worked as an advisor and international liaison on the development of Durban FilmMart.
Chloé Zhao was born in Beijing. She received her BA in political science from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and her MFA in film production from New York University. Her films include the shorts The Atlas Mountains (08), Daughters (09), and Benachin (10), and the feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me (15). The Rider (17) is her latest work.
Ella Cooper is an award-winning independent filmmaker, multimedia artist, educator, impact producer and programmer based in Toronto. She is the founder of Black Women Film! Canada, a new leadership program and collective that supports the development of emerging Black women filmmakers and media artists. Cooper's work has recently been presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in galleries, public spaces, and festivals across Canada, the US, and Germany. Her latest documentary dance film gained honourable mention for Best Documentary at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and her documentary Black Men Loving (14) won Best Canadian Film at the International Caribbean Tales Film Festival, where she also received a Best Canadian Presentation Award for her collaboration with Alison Duke and the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project. Cooper is a lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough and one of the Toronto Arts Council's 2017 Cultural Leaders.
Mark Adams has been Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival since early 2015. Prior to that he was Chief Film Critic for respected film trade paper Screen International and was also film critic for The Sunday Mirror in the UK, having also worked extensively in the film industry as a programmer, reviewer and film writer.
Min Sook Lee has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries, including: Donald Brittain Gemini winner Tiger Spirit, Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature winner Hogtown, Gemini nominated El Contrato, and Canadian Screen Award winner, The Real Inglorious Bastards. Lee is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award, and the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance. Canada’s oldest labour arts festival, Mayworks, has named the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award in her honour. Lee’s most recent feature, Migrant Dreams, tells the undertold story of migrant workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. In 2017, Migrant Dreams garnered the prestigious Canadian Hillman Prize which honours journalists whose work identifies important social and economic issues in Canada.
Dr. Rashmi Doraiswamy is a Professor at The Academy of International Studies in New Delhi and winner of the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1994. She is the noted author of Guru Dutt: Through Light and Shade as well as co-editor on Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia (2002) and Asian Film Journeys: Selections from Cinemaya (2010). Her essays have appeared in a variety of books over the years on subjects such as John Berger, Post-colonial Literature, and Hindi Cinema.
Jian Hao, is a professor of Beijing Film Academy, a scriptwriter and a director of Chinese independent films. He is the screenwriter of films such as Snowy Windy Power-cut Night and Urgent Force Landing (2000 Golden Roster Award Winner) and he created the independent film Lynching the Thinker. His selected publications include Study of Genre Film, Chinese TV Drama Series: The Study of Culture and Genre and Pretend to be Orgiastic. His noted academic essays include A new theory on film noir: Style or Genre?
Savine is currently the Interim Executive Director for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Canada’s largest Pan-Asian film festival. Her expertise lies in programming, entertainment financing and business consulting in Asia and North America, and she has worked with notable organizations including the Toronto International Film Festival, National Bank of Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in the past.
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