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Whistler Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners

Whistler Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners
Winners of the 2017 Whistler Film Festival were announced at the Awards Celebration this morning on the final day of the 17th annual Festival. Ian Lagarde’s first feature All You Can Eat Buddha and Jason and Carlos Sanchez’s A Worthy Companion tied for the $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and the $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver in the 14th edition of the coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. The jury states “each in their own way convey unique visions and creative storytelling the jury believes have made and will make powerful contributions to the world of cinema.”A Worthy Companion

A Worthy Companion takes a fresh and new perspective that explores the complexity and humanity within the predator, victim relationship. This film questions how we perpetuate manipulative power dynamics between adult and child through the inner struggle of our female protagonists.
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Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen among Tiff Canada line-up

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Festival brass unveil Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and more.

Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen (both pictured above), Ingrid Veninger, and Denis Côté are among the familiar names in the 26-strong Canadian Features slate that Toronto International Film Festival programmers unveiled on Wednesday.

The selection comprises the highest number of feature directorial debutants and films from Western Canada in recent years. More than 30% of the titles are by first-time feature directors.

Festival brass also announced Short Cuts, Tiff Cinematheque, Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and the recipient of the 2017 Len Blum Residency.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17.

Canadian Features

“It is exciting to see a new wave of Canadian first-time feature directors play with genres and take risks,” Tiff senior programmer Steve Gravestock said. “This year’s line-up has a truly international feel to it, too, with a number of features shot all over the globe — something that also
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Tiff Reveals Full Canadian Lineup, Including ‘Alias Grace’ Series Premiere and Restored Classics

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the annual event will pay tribute to its home country with a number of options that span the past, present, and future of Canadian creativity. Per usual, the fest has unveiled a slew of titles that will make up its Canadian feature slate — 26 in all — with an eye towards advancing not only established Canadian filmmakers, but rising stars as well.

This year’s Canadian lineup boasts one of the highest numbers of feature directorial debuts ever, as well as one of the highest numbers of films from Western Canada in recent years. Over 30% of the titles have a first-time feature director, while seven out of nine are Tiff alumni.

Read More:tiff’s Platform Selection: How the Festival’s Buzziest Slate is Pivoting After Launching ‘Moonlight’

“It is exciting to see a new wave of Canadian first-time feature directors play with genres and take risks,
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Bibo Bergeron Set to Direct ‘Charlotte Salomon’ Animated Biopic (Exclusive)

Paris — French director Bibo Bergeron, whose credits span DreamWorks’”The Road to El Dorado,””Shark Tale” and Luc-Besson produced “A Monster in Paris,” is set to helm “Charlotte,” a WW2-set animated feature turning on the life of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomo

The 2D feature will be mainly based on Charlotte Salomon’s “Life? Or Theatre?” — an autobiographical series of 769 paintings which the young artist created between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, where she lived before she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 26.

“Staying true to Charlotte’s spirit and body of work, our film will be punctuated with fantasy, dream-like elements and the animation designs will be minimalist, in a similar vein as (Remi Chayé’s) ‘Long Way North.’ We’ll be animating and interpreting her paintings, placing the emphasis on the story which is extraordinarly moving,” said Bergeron, adding that “Charlotte” will play to young adults as well as family audiences, as “Waltz With Bashir.”

Bergeron is attending the Annecy Festival this week to pitch the project to potential partners. “The theme of ‘Charlotte’ is ‘how art can save our lives and help us stay sane;’ and it still resonates today,” noted Bergeron.

Julia Rosenberg at Toronto-based January Films is producing “Charlotte,” which will mark the producer’s first toon pic. Rosenberg has produced feature films and documentaries, notably Alan Zweig’s “15 Reasons to Live” which was nominated at Hot Docs.

A pair of Canadian writers, Erik Rutherford and Miriam Toews, whose best-known novels are “A Complicated Kindness” and “All My Puny Sorrows,” are writing the screenplay.

Bergeron said the project was being supported by the Charlotte Salomon Foundation, the trustee of Charlotte’s work.

Telefilm Canada is financing the development of “Charlotte,” whose budget is in the 10 million Euros range. The production will be carried out of Canada and France.

Charlotte Salomon is also the subject of a prize-winning novel, “Charlotte,” penned by one of France’s top authors, David Foenkinos, and published in January 2015. Salomon’s paintings were exhibited just last month at the Massena Museum in Nice.
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'Room' sweeps Canadian Screen Awards

'Room' sweeps Canadian Screen Awards
The Irish-Canadian co-production took home nine prizes at Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Irish-Canadian co-production Room dominated the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday night, winning nine prizes including best film for producers David Gross and Ed Guiney.

Lead actress Brie Larson repeated her triumph at this year’s Oscars and BAFTAs by winning best actress, while breakout star Jacob Tremblay took best actor.

Accepting the award from veteran Christopher Plummer, 77 years his senior, the young actor said: “This is amazing. I can’t believe a kid like me won against a bunch of amazing talent. Christopher Plummer, you’re a legend.”

The film also took awards for director Lenny Abrahamson, Emma Donoghue’s adapted screenplay, and Joan Allen’s supporting performance, as well as prizes for editing, make-up and production design.

Elsewhere, Irish romantic drama Brooklyn took two awards, for Michael Brook’s original score and Yves Bélanger’s cinematography.

Paul Gross’ war drama
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The Conversation: The Totality of Toronto (Plus 2015 Tiff Top Ten)

In the nine consecutive years I’ve attended the Toronto International Film Festival, it remains an elusive monstrosity of an event. With its hundreds of offerings, it’s a gluttonous buffet for the committed cineaste, a playground of auteurs mixed with unknown quantities. Even after having attended Sundance and Cannes, navigating the selections still somehow feels like ‘catching up’ with entries from Berlin, Locarno, and the concurrent Venice. And, therefore, everyone’s Toronto experience is bound to seem a bit different, even as streamlined as the festival is as it remains one of the most press and public friendly film festivals in existence.

Of course, there’s always complaints (or questions) as to what doesn’t make an appearance at the festival, and we’re always subject to the tastes of various programmers. For instance, why exactly room could not have been made for Polish master Andrzej Zulawski’s first
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"Room" Wins People's Choice Awards at 2015 Tiff! See the Complete List of Winners!

A big congrats to Lenny Abrahamson's "Room" for winning the Grolsch's People's Choice Awards at the recently concluded 40th Toronto International Film Festival! It's safe to say that "Room" will see a future at the Academy Awards. Previous winners that went on to grab the Best Picture Oscar were "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," and "12 Years A Slave."

Here's the complete winners and press release from Tiff:

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced award winners from the 40th Festival, which wraps up this evening. See a free screening of Room, the winner of the Grolsch People's Choice Award, Sunday, September 20 at 8pm.

The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of the head of the shorts program and creations unit at Canal+ France, Pascale Faure, film writer John Anderson (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times), and actor Rizwan Manji (Outsourced, The Wolf of Wall Street
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The Toronto International Film Festival announces their 2015 award winners

As the Toronto International Film Festival wraps up its 40th incarnation, the winners of the festival’s 2015 event have now been announced. Previous winners at the festival have included Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Gareth EvansThe Raid, and Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways. Thus, many film fans have looked at the awards as an indicator of what to look out for in subsequent months when theatrical and VOD release dates get announced. The winners of Tiff 2015 are as follows.

Grolsch People’s Choice Award: Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Hardcore, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award: Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.

Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film: Overpass, directed by Patrice Laliberté.

Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film: Maman(s), directed by Maïmouna Doucouré.

City of Toronto
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'Room' wins Toronto audience award

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'Room' wins Toronto audience award
Toronto: Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed drama starring Brie Larson has won Toronto’s People’s Choice Award in what is likely to further boost its awards season prospects.

In recent years, The King’s Speech and 12 Years A Slave have won the Toronto audience award en route to best picture Academy Award glory.

Room was one of the few films to emerge from this year’s festival selection with wide acclaim and awards buzz, in particular for Larson.

Toronto winners announced on Sunday:

Shorts Cuts Award For Best Canadian Short Film

Patrice Laliberté, Overpass.

Short Cuts Award For Best Short Film

Maïmouna Doucouré, Maman(s).

Honourable mention: Fyzal Boulifa, Rate Me.

City Of Toronto Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film

Andrew Cividino, Sleeping Giant

Canada Goose Award For Best Canadian Feature Film

Stephen Dunn, Closet Monster.

Honourable mention: Philippe Falardeau, My Internship In Canada

The Prizes Of The International Federation Of Film Critics (Fipresci Prizes)

Discovery
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'Room' wins Tiff audience award

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'Room' wins Tiff audience award
Toronto: Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed drama starring Brie Larson has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award in what is likely to further boost its awards season prospects.

In recent years The King’s Speech and 12 Years A Slave have won the Toronto audience award en route to best picture Academy Award glory.

Room was one of the few films to emerge from this year’s festival selection with wide acclaim and awards buzz, in particular for Larson.

Toronto winners announced on Sunday:

Shorts Cuts Award For Best Canadian Short Film

Patrice Laliberté, Overpass.

Short Cuts Award For Best Short Film

Maïmouna Doucouré, Maman(s).

Honourable mention: Fyzal Boulifa, Rate Me.

City Of Toronto Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film

Andrew Cividino, Sleeping Giant

Canada Goose Award For Best Canadian Feature Film

Stephen Dunn, Closet Monster.

Honourable mention: Philippe Falardeau, My Internship In Canada

The Prizes Of The International Federation Of Film Critics (Fipresci Prizes)

Discovery
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'Room' claims Tiff audience award

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'Room' claims Tiff audience award
Toronto: Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed drama starring Brie Larson has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award in what is likely to further boost its awards season prospects.

In recent years The King’s Speech and 12 Years A Slave have won the Toronto audience award en route to best picture Academy Award glory.

Room was one of the few films to emerge from this year’s festival selection with wide acclaim and awards buzz, in partocular for star Brie Larson.

Toronto winners announced on Sunday:

Shorts Cuts Award For Best Canadian Short Film

Patrice Laliberté, Overpass.

Short Cuts Award For Best Short Film

Maïmouna Doucouré, Maman(s).

Honourable mention: Fyzal Boulifa, Rate Me.

City Of Toronto Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film

Andrew Cividino, Sleeping Giant

Canada Goose Award For Best Canadian Feature Film

Stephen Dunn, Closet Monster.

Honourable mention: Philippe Falardeau, My Internship In Canada

The Prizes Of The International Federation Of Film Critics (Fipresci
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Tiff 2015: Abrahamson’s “Room” Steals “Spotlight” with People’s Choice Award

While Tiff festival programmers naturally like to boast, and some in the biz certainly consider the fest’s People’s Choice Award as a good luck charm for Best Picture Oscar winner gold, the top ticket stub collecting nod certainly augments the prospects of a given film title and the A24 folks must be feeling pretty good about the title they invested in on early. With terrific buzz coming out from Telluride, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room appears to be covered in magic fairy dust. The Brie Larson starring imprisonment family drama would have not been crowned with the top Tiff Award if it weren’t for a last minute screening addition to replace the canceled public screening of Mathew Cullen’s London Fields. That Friday night showing cemented the win over Pan Nalin’s Indian film Angry Indian Goddesses (First Runner Up) and Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight (Second Runner Up).

In other Tiff award news,
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Daily | Alan Zweig’s Hurt Wins Tiff’s First Platform Prize

Alan Zweig's documentary Hurt has won the Toronto International Film Festival's first Platform Prize. Jurors Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland and Jia Zhangke say the decision's unanimous. Honorable mentions go to Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull, He Ping’s The Promised Land and Pablo Trapero’s The Clan. More awards: Lenny Abrahamson's Room wins the People's Choice Award. Audiences have also voted for best documentary (Evgeny Afineevsky's Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom) and the best film in the Midnight Madness program (Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore). We've got the complete list of winners—and the trailer for Hurt. » - David Hudson
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Tiff 2015 Winners Include ‘Room,’ ‘Hardcore,’ ‘Closet Monster,’ and More

With the 40th Toronto International Film Festival concluding today, the winners have been unveiled. Earning the top prize was the Brie Larson-led drama Room, which A24 will release on October 16th. Other winners included the first-person actioner Hardcore, Stephen Dunn‘s coming-of-age drama Closet Monster, and Hurt in the first-ever Platform section.

Check out the full list of winners below, with reviews where applicable, and catch up with all of our coverage (and more to come) here.

Shorts Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film – Overpass (Patrice Laliberté)

Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film – Maman(s) (Maïmouna Doucouré)

Best Canadian First Feature Film – Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino)

Best Canadian Feature Film – Closet Monster (Stephen Dunn)

Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) for the Discovery programme – Eva (Marko Škop)

Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) for Special Presentations – Desierto (Jonás Cuarón)

Netpac Award
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‘Room’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award

‘Room’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award
The Toronto Film Festival threw a bit of a curve ball Sunday, announcing that Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” had claimed this year’s People’s Choice Award. The prize, often an awards season harbinger, has gone to films such as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “12 Years a Slave” in the past.

The bestseller adaptation began its journey at the Telluride Film Festival two weeks ago, where it was one of the most popular films of the fest. It is in a prime position to be A24’s first best picture nominee to date, with Brie Larson a sure-fire leading actress contender and 8-year-old Jacob Tremblay a strong supporting actor possibility.

Most eyes were on Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” for the award, as it is a broadly appealing, thoroughly satisfying drama with stars. It did, however, win the second runner-up designation.

Other films that played the fest
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Toronto film festival 2015: full line-up

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

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Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link
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Looking for Grace to compete in Toronto

Sue Brooks. Looking for Grace will screen in Platform, a new competitive section of the Toronto International Film Festival which showcases films that have a strong directorial vision. The road movie starring Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young and Terry Norris is the only Australian title in the running for the $C25,000 prize determined by the jury of filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. That strengthens Australia.s profile at the event which runs September 10-20. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in Gala Presentations,. Simon Stone.s The Daughter will have its North American premiere in Special Presentations and Jennifer Peedom.s Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed will compete in Tiff Docs.

Young, who also stars in The Daughter, plays 16-year-old Grace, who has run away from home. Her exasperated parents head to the West Australian wheat belt
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2015 Tiff: Wheatley, Trapero, Lafosse, Verbeek & Sue Brooks in Platform Comp

The Tiff folks have unveiled their slated dozen features for their spanking brand new competitive section and they’ve managed to lasso some high profile world preems that will compete alongside Int. and Na premieres. Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland and Jia Zhang-ke for which the name of the programme section is named after (Tiff referenced his 2000 film), will see a class comprised of the likes Joachim Lafosse and his piping hot The White Knights, David Verbeek (Full Contact starring Grégoire Colin – see pic above), Fabienne Berthaud and yet again actress Diane Kruger with Sky and Ben Wheatley‘s highly anticipated High Rise. Also included in the comp we find Pablo Trapero‘s Venice-bound The Clan, Eva Husson‘s hotly tipped directorial debut Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) and a docu entry that sounds absolutely brutal true story from Alan Zweig in Hurt. The winner will be announced on
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Tiff 2015 announces its Platform programme lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival has, through its run, divided the films into numerous programmes to better identify and group together like-minded features. One of the new additions to the programme in 2015 will be the Platform selection, which will showcase films with a strong directorial vision. What is unique about this programme is that the selected films, twelve in total, will be judged by a three-person jury during the event, with the top film taking home a $25,000 prize. The first ever group of judges at the 2015 event will be comprised of filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, whose 2000 film Platform was cited as the inspiration for the programme, alongside filmmakers Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. The lineup for the Platform was announced today, and can be seen below, alongside their official synopses.

Bang Gang, directed by Eva Husson, making its World Premiere

Biarritz. Sixteen-year-old George, a beautiful high-school student, falls in love with Alex.
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'High-Rise' to premiere in first Toronto Platform competition

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Twelve titles also include films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.Scroll down for full list

The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has unveiled the 12 titles that will comprise the inaugural line-up for Platform - the new juried programme that champions director-led cinema from around the world.

The competitive strand includes the world premiere of Ben Wheatley’s highly-anticipated High-Rise, a dystopic depiction of a society that starts a class war in a high-rise apartment. The adaptation of Jg Ballard’s 1975 novel stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.

Also receiving its world premiere is Fabienne Berthaud’s Sky, a France-Germany co-production that star Diane Kruger, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Girls star Lena Dunham.

Kruger plays Romy, a married woman on holiday in the Us who storms out on her French husband (Gilles Lellouche) after an argument and wanders into the desert outside of Las
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