We already have the winners! The 2023 Toronto International Film Festival has reached its exciting conclusion after two weeks filled with world premieres and screenings that captivated audiences. Toronto, often considered the unofficial starting point of Oscar season, alongside the Venice and Telluride festivals, has awarded the prestigious People’s Choice Awards to films currently in the awards season spotlight. future.
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Who were the winners?
The song that won the most prestigious award of the evening was American fiction, a witty and timely satire on the publishing industry, directed by Cord Jefferson and starring Jeffrey Wright. The film immerses us in the world of a novelist who deliberately creates a remarkably absurd novel, which leads to massive success and a whirlwind of comic situations. This recognition at TIFF could mark the start of a bright future for this film at the upcoming Academy Awards, as 11 of the last 14 People’s Choice Award winners have been nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Past winners include notable films such as Nomadland – 100% and Green Book: Friendship without borders – 78%, plus Oscar favorites like Jojo Rabbit – 75%, La La Land: A love story – 92% and Belfast – 95%.
Another title that has not gone unnoticed is Dicks: the musical from **A24**, a daring and special comedy that sparked laughter and applause from the audience. One of the hottest films of the festival, this film received the coveted People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, cementing its status as a film sure to become a cult favorite.
The Documentary Audience Award was awarded to Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Pretendingdirected by Robert McCallum. This moving documentary is a tribute to the famous Canadian children’s show Mr. Dressingwhich premiered in 1967 and was broadcast on television for 29 seasons, leaving an indelible mark on young people and accompanying many generations.
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TIFF 2023 also celebrated the excellence of Canadian cinema. Onlydirected by Sophie Dupuiswon the award for best Canadian feature film, while Electrawith Daria Kascheeva In directing, he received recognition for best short film. In the Best Canadian Short Film category, the prize was awarded to Mother landwith Jasmin Mozaffari being the director responsible for this project.
The #ShareHerJourney Award, which celebrates female voices in cinema, was awarded to She, directed by Renée Zhan. At the same time, the NETPAC Award, which rewards Asian cinema, was awarded to A matchdirected by Jayant Digambar Somalkar. The FIPRESCI Jury Prize, which rewards excellence in international cinema, was awarded to Seagrassesdirected by Meredith Hama-Brown.
TIFF 2023 also honored diversity and inclusion in film with the Amplify Voices Awards. Kanavalwith Henri Pardo in the director’s chair, received the BIPOC Best Canadian Film Award and, for his part, Tautuktavukdirected by Carole Kunnuk And Lucie Tulugarjuk, received the award for Best First Canadian BIPOC Feature Film. Additionally, the Amplify Voices BIPOC Canadian Trailblazer Award went to Damon D’Oliveira. This edition was an opportunity for renowned actors to make their debut as directors, the case of Viggo Mortensen with The Dead Don’t Hurt – 80%, or Chris Pine with the unfortunate Poolman – 0%. TIFF was also the setting chosen by Hayao Miyazaki to present his new film, The Boy and the Heron. 100%, and Taika Waititi presented his new film, Next Goal Wins – 65%.
TIFF 2023 Winners
Below is the full list of winners from this edition of the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival:
Audience Award: American Fiction (directed by Cord Jefferson)
Audience Award for Documentary: Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Pretending (directed by Robert McCallum)
Midnight Madness Audience Award: Dicks: The Musical (directed by Larry Charles)
Platform Award: Dear Jassi (directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar)
Best Canadian feature film: Solo (Directed by Sophie Dupuis)
Best short film: Electra (directed by Daria Kascheeva)
Best Canadian short film: Motherland (directed by Jasmin Mozaffari)
#ShareHerJourney Award: Shé (Directed by Renee Zhan)
NETPAC Awards: A Match (directed by Jayant Digambar Somalkar)
FIPRESCI Jury Prize: Seagrass (Dir. Meredith Hama-Brown)
Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian BIPOC Film: Kanaval (directed by Henri Pardo)
Amplify Voices Award for Best BIPOC Canadian Debut Feature Film: Tautuktavuk (directed by Carol Kunnuk and Lucy Tulugarjuk)
Amplify Voices Canadian BIPOC Trailblazer Award: Damon D’Oliveira
Changemaker Prize: We have grown up now (Directed by Minhal Baig)
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Without a doubt, the 48th Toronto Film Festival was full of exceptional films that excited and moved audiences. With awards season on the horizon, these award-winning films have the wind at their backs as they seek the recognition and acclaim they deserve in the film industry. Now, moviegoers’ eyes are turning to the next steps in these films’ careers and the exciting stories they are intended to tell.