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TIFF announces its 2013 festival award winners

Why Don't You Play in Hell

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most high-profile events on the festival circuit, with numerous anticipated films making their World and North American debut in the festival’s 10 days. Thus, the awards given out at the festival are often seen as an early indicator of critical favourites, with movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and Silver Linings Playbook getting their initial accolades at TIFF, and going on to win big at the Academy Awards in their respective years. The Film Festival has now announced the 2013 winners.

The Blackberry People’s Choice Award for most popular film at the festival goes to Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

The Blackberry People’s Choice Documentary Award for most popular documentary at the festival goes to Jehane Noujaim’s The Square.

The Blackberry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award for most popular film at the Midnight Madness Programme goes to Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell.

The City of Toronto and Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature goes to Alan Zweig’s When Jews Were Funny.

The Youtube Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg’s Noah.

The Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film goes to Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s Asphalt Watches.

The International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) – Discovery goes to Claudia Sainte-Luce’s The Amazing Catfish.

The International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize – Special Presentations goes to Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida.

The NETPAC award goes to Anup Singh’s Qissa.

The Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award goes to Gia Milani’s All The Wrong Reasons.


As the People’s Choice Award winner, 12 Years a Slave will have a free screening at 6 pm at the Ryerson Theatre.

(Source: TIFF)


About Deepayan Sengupta

There was once a time when I thought Scarface was the best movie ever made, and Home Improvement was appointment television for me. While I still have a soft spot for both, those days of naivete are long behind me, as I’ve subsequently managed to broaden my horizons. Ambition is the most important part of a movie for me; if it tries to do something unique, tell a well-worn story in a different way, or take on large themes in a honest manner, I can forgive many flaws. If there’s one movie fact I’ve learnt after all these years, it’s that Employee of The Month is to Office Space what fast food is to fresh fruit.

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