TIFF 2013: The Award Winners

Gfw Staff

So, the curtain has been closed on TIFF for another year (which we're obviously deeply sad about). But on the plus side, it has left us with a bunch of great flicks to get excited about in the coming months, some of which will surely go on to win big at the Oscars (looking at you, 12 Years A Slave).

Anyway, if you weren't fortunate enough to make it out to the Festival this year, here are the films that bagged TIFF's top awards, aka the films that you REALLY need to look out for over the coming months... 

People's Choice Award: 12 Years A Slave (dir. Steve McQueen)

Who didn't see this one coming? Next stop, the Oscars. 

People's Choice Award for Documentary: The Square (dir. Jehane Noujaim)

Noujaim's masterful documentary chronicles the activism, unrest and revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness: Why Don't You Play In Hell? (dir. Sion Sono)

Sono's latest is an action film based on a 15-year-old screenplay that brings to mind Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. 

Best Asian Feature Film: Qissa (dir. Anup Singh)

Awarded to a first- or second-time filmmaker, this year's Best Asian Feature was Singh's Quissa, an epic drama set amidst the ethnic cleansing and general chaos that accompanied India’s partition in 1947.

Special Presentations prize: Ida (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)

The director of My Summer of Love returns with an intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award: All The Wrong Reasons (dir. Gia Milani)

Starring the late Glee actor Cory Monteith, Gia Milani's debut is an ensemble drama about four intersecting lives in a department store, featuring a store manager (Monteith) whose wife (Karine Vanasse) suffers from PSTD. Shot in the summer of 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, All the Wrong Reasons was five years in the making.

Best Canadian Feature Film: When Jews Were Funny (dir. Alan Zweig)

The latest from documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.

Best Canadian First Film: Asphalt Watches (dir. Shayne Ehman, Seth Scriver)

At once hilarious and grotesque, this adult animation chronicles visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman’s trans-Canadian road trip as they encounter dull violence, rampant consumerism, and unbridled eccentricity in small towns across Canada.

Best Canadian Short Film: Noah (dir. Walter Woodman, Patrick Cederberg)

Canada's Best Short Film turned out to be a innovative story that unfolds entirely on a computer screen. 


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