Monday, September 17, 2007

TIFF 07 winners announced

TIFF has announced the titles of this year's award winners. Even though TIFF claims they are not a competitive festival with a juried competition, there are still a number of awards given out in a handful of specific categories. The big award, The People's Choice award, goes to the film with the best audience feedback, as determined by the ballots the audience fills out after each screening. This year's award goes to David Cronenberg's EASTERN PROMISES. An interesting choice considering the heartwarming, culturally significant nature of past winners such as WHALE RIDER, TOTSI and HOTEL RWANDA. Not to say it's not going to be a great film, it just appears to break the mold. Who would have thought the director of RABID, SCANNERS and CRASH would eventually make a picture that would please the masses.
The following is a full list of this year's winners...


- Best Canadian Short Film: Chris Chong Chan Fui's POOL.
- Citytv Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film: Stéphane Lafleur's CONTINENTAL, UN FILM SANS FUSIL.
- Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Guy Maddin's MY WINNIPEG.
- DIESEL Discovery Award, voted on by the festival press corps: Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán's COCHOCHI.
- Artistic Innovation Award, for a film in the Visions program: Anahí Berneri's ENCARNACION.
- Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize): Rodrigo Plá's LA ZONA.
- Cadillac People's Choice Award (as determined by festival-goers): David Cronenberg's EASTERN PROMISES.
- Cadillac People's Choice Award, the first runner-up: Jason Reitman's JUNO.
- Cadillac People's Choice Award, the Second runner up is Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's Body of War.

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