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TIFF 2012 award winners

Posted by Tim / September 16, 2012

TIFF 2012 awardsThe TIFF 2012 award winning films were announced earlier this afternoon at a brunch reception (see menu here) at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre. Leading up to the announcement there was some intrigue whether the much raved about Paul Thomas Anderson film The Master would win any hardware or whether TIFF would follow the lead of Venice and pull some surprises.

Last year, some might recall, most of the honored films didn't make much news post-festival. Few (if any) had any box office or critical success when it came to year-end award season. Anyone who's seen a single screening at TIFF this year will notice that TIFF now likes to trump how its award winners go on to have future critical and commercial success. The fact that American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech all previously won awards at TIFF was endlessly plugged in cinemas during the last 11 days.

Of course, it needs to be noted, that many of the award categories by definition honour films that won't get wide distribution or appeal to mass audiences. Here are this year's winners, broken down by category.

The Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award was announced earlier this week. As is annual TIFF tradition, The People's Choice winner will screen at 6pm today at the Ryerson Cinema. Tickets are free-of-charge and will be available on a first come basis.

Are you surprised by this year's crop of award winners? Which films would you like to have seen recognized? Add your two cents to the comment thread below.



Alex / September 16, 2012 at 01:44 pm
This is stupid. The festival isn't even over yet. So everyone who see's one of the films tonight effectively has no chance to vote. Silly.
jer / September 16, 2012 at 03:27 pm
The films have all sceeened a few times already. Nothing showing for the first time today.
Matt_EH / September 16, 2012 at 07:36 pm
Mr. Pip was a fantastic film, gripping. The same could not be said for Anna Karen inappropriate which I wasn't sure if it was trying to be a comedy or not.
Matt_EH replying to a comment from Matt_EH / September 16, 2012 at 07:37 pm
Sorry auto correct strikes again. Anna Karenina
canmark / September 17, 2012 at 09:31 am
My top picks from TIFF were: Argo, Cloud Atlas and The Sapphires.
NoLeto / September 17, 2012 at 10:01 am
Yeah, the Leto award seems like an example of ballot stuffing. The spam on twitter for ARTIFACT was downright irritating. BAD 25, ACT OF KILLING, or even STORIES WE TELL anyone?

I'm sure TIFF has learned their lesson this year by completely altering the voting process and having no one grasp it until halfway through the fest.
q / September 17, 2012 at 11:18 am
How about Revolution?
Best documentary and definitely most important among all.
DR / September 17, 2012 at 04:47 pm
Here are some of my thoughts on a few of the films from the festival:
Evan / September 17, 2012 at 05:07 pm
Fav was definitely Laurence Anyways. It's going to run at Lightbox and everyone should go see it. The Deep continued the trend of Baltasar Kormakur films really wowing me. Amour was very very quiet but psychologically intense, excellent filmmaking. The Master was monotonous but very good. Also loved Come Out and Play by Makinov.
Janina / September 28, 2012 at 08:04 pm
I love reading an article that can make men and women think.
Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!
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