TIFF: Award Winners and Film Reviews from Toronto International Film Festival

Below check out the full list of winners in each category for the Toronto International Film Festival as well as reviews for many of the films presented there.

Unfortunately I did not have the joy of attending the Toronto International Film Festival this year (if I get lucky in life and possess the finances and flexibility, I would love to travel to each of the major festivals).  Many of the movies that made appearances have been on my radar and my anticipation has only been heightened after reading reviews popping up online, but there are some I wasn’t familiar with that I now wish to seek out.  I’m particularly excited about La La Land and Arrival, but there are many others I will be attempting to track down (and likely forcing my wife to watch) before award season.

Besides being an early showcase for many of the year’s best films, one of the reasons to take notice of TIFF is that its People’s Choice Award has typically been the first indicator of which movie will be a front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar.  Since 2008 every film that won the award at TIFF, except for Where Do We Go Now? in 2011, has gone on to be nominated for Best Picture.  Three of those film have gone on to win the award including Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and 12 Years a Slave.  The winner this year is La La Land, the original musical featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone that has been generating tons of early award buzz.

Check out the full list of winners as well as reviews of many of the films shown during the festival below.  The reviews come courtesy of Collider.

Here’s the full list of winners at the Toronto International Film Festival:

People’s Choice Award: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle

People’s Choice Award For Documentary: “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck

People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness: “Free Fire,” Ben Wheatley

Platform Prize: “Jackie,” Pablo Larrian

Platform Prize, Special Mention: “Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait,” Khyentse Norbu

Best Canadian Feature Film: “Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves,” Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie

Best Canadian First Feature Film: “Old Stone,” Johnny Ma

Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section: “I Am Not Madame Bovary,” Feng Xiaogang

Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section: “Kati Kati,” Mbithi Masya

Dropbox Discovery Programme Filmmakers Award: “Jeffrey,” Yanillys Perez

NETPAC Award For World or International Asian Film Premiere: “In Between,” Maysaloun Hamoud

Best Short Film: “Imago,” Ribay Gutierrez

Best Canadian Short Film: “Mutants,” Alexandre Dostie


Below check out reviews of some of the movies that played during the festival.  Which titles are you most looking forward to?  Share your thoughts in the discussion board below.

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