top canadian films 2014

The top 10 films in Canada from 2014

TIFF has released the 2014 edition of its annual list of the best Canadian films, highlighting the standout cinema this country has to offer in both the feature and short categories. Many of the films to make the year-end list screened at TIFF, with notable features including David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and Maxime Giroux's Félix & Meira, which already took home the best Canadian Film award earlier this year.

Two notable absences, at least in terms of name-recognition, are Atom Egoyan and Denys Arcand for their respective films The Captive and An Eye For Beauty. I suppose, however, that the integrity of the top 10 list would be compromised if status was an automatic ticket to inclusion (which in some years it has seemed like).

Along with the features, Canada's Top Ten Film Festival serves as a chance to put the focus on homegrown shorts that don't typically receive as much attention. It's nice to see Slater Jewell-Kemker's Still on this list not just because it's a smart bit of filmmaking but because it's an endorsement for the CFC's Directors' Lab.

Have a look at all the nominees below.

Canada's Top Ten Film Festival features for 2014

Canada's Top Ten Film Festival shorts for 2014

The above films will show at the TIFF Lightbox between January 2nd and 11th. In addition to the main screenings, Canada's Top Ten Festival will include a special portion devoted to student shorts, as well as guest speakers (highlighted by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis), and an interview with Keanu Reeves.

Tickets and ticket packages for Canada's Top Ten Film Festival events go on sale December 3 for TIFF Members and December 10 for the public. They can be purchased online at tiff.net, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at 416.599.TIFF and 1.888.599.8433, or in person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

Pricing as follows: standard screening ticket is $10 (feature film or shorts programmes); purchase a six-pack for $50 and get six tickets for the price of five; tickets for In Conversation With... Keanu Reeves and In Conversation With...Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis are $20 each; tickets to the Canada Cocktail Party are $15 for TIFF Members and $20 for public (19+ ID required). Canadian Open Vault and Higher Learning events are free.

Still from Maps to the Stars


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