TIFF announces award winning films for 2020
TIFF award winners for 2020 do exist despite this year's reduced slate of films at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Here are your TIFF 2020 award winning films.
The winner this year is Chloé Zhao's Nomadland, a film that was almost universally beloved but is a mildly surprising win given that it already took top laurels at Venice last week, and the two prizes have never overlapped.
Amplify Voices Award, a new prize for 2020. The jury was comprised of Sarah Gadon, Damon D'Oliveira and Danis Goulet, selecting three films by from the Official Selection made by self-identified BIPOC and Canadian filmmakers.
This new award is presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, providing a $10,000 award to a Festival film that tackles issues of social change. This year's recipient is Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s short film Black Bodies.
Best Short winner Dustin Muchavitz's Dustin was lauded for his performance that "pulled us on a journey from night into morning that still lingered with us long after the film ended."
The best Canadian short was arwarded to Paul Shokdoff for Benjamin, Benny, Ben, described as "a quiet yet powerful film that tells much about race and class through simple but focused direction.” Honourable mention went to Renee Zhan's O Black Hole!
This is a prize from the international film critics group. The jury this year consisted of Jon Asp from Sweden, Jihane Bougrine from Morocco and Adriana Fernández from Mexico.
They selected Beginning, directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili, describing it as "a brave and fresh quiet storm of a film, and "emotionally compelling debut feature by a filmmaker whose voice feels established and one to watch.”
The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) gives out an annual award at TIFF, and the jury this year consisted of Dr. Sharofat Arabova from Tajikistan), Dr. Latika Padgaonkar from India), and jury chairperson George Chun Han Wang from Hawaii.
They jury selected Tarzan Nasser and Arab Nasser’s Gaza mon amour , describing it as “a heartwarming, thought-provoking and poetic tale of unspoken emotions portraying daily life.”
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