TIFF announced its 2011 award winners earlier today and the coveted People’s Choice Award was a bit of a surprise, going to a film nobody seemed to care for: Nadine Labaki’s Where do We Go Now, a film TIFF says tells the “heartwarming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within”. However the Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award went to the programme’s opening night film, The Raid, a film everyone was raving about all week long.
Here is the complete list of of the award winners:
Cadillac People’s Choice Award Runner-Ups: A Separation and Starbuck
Cadillac People’s Choice Award Documentary: The Island President
Cadillac People’s Choice Award Documentary Runner-Ups: First Position and Pearl Jam Twenty
Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: The Raid
Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award Runner-Ups: You’re Next and God Bless America
Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Edwin Boyd
City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Monsieur Lazhar
Best Canadian Short Film: Doubles With Slight Pepper
FIPRESCI Prize for Discovery: Avalon
FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations: The First Man
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th to the 18th. Tickets, schedules, and other information can be found on the festival’s website.