Award Winners from Toronto International Film Festival 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world — attracting over 480,000 people annually — and serves as the last stop on the major film festival circuit before the awards season at the beginning of the new year. Over the years, the buzz created during TIFF has carried on to the Academy Award and Golden Globes award ceremonies. Films that won the TIFF People’s Choices Awards and gone on to earn nomination or even win Best Picture Oscar include: Chariots of Fire (1981), The Big Chill (1983), Places in the Heart (1984), Shine (1996), Life is Beautiful (1997), American Beauty (1999), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Precious (2009), The King’s Speech (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), and Room (2015)

TIFF 2018 wrapped up on Sunday and the People’s Choices Awards, International Jury Awards, Short Film Jury Awards and Canadian Film Jury Awards were announced. Whether this year’s TIFF People’s Choice Award winner,”Green Book”, a Peter Farrelly-directed film about a Jamaican-American pianist touring the American Deep South in the 1960s continue the TIFF to Oscar trend will be seen next February at the 91st Academy Award in February 2019.

Grolsch People’s Choice Awards

The Grolsch People’s Choice Award:

Winner: “Green Book” by Peter Farrelly

First runner-up: “If Beale Street Could Talk” by Barry Jenkin’s

Second runner-up: “ROMA” by Alfonso Cuarón


The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award:

Winner: “The Man Who Feels No Pain (Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota)” by Vasan Bala

First runner-up: “Halloween” by David Gordon Green

Second runner-up: “Assassination Nation” by Sam Levinson


People’s Choice Documentary Award

Winner: “Free Solo” by E. Chain Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

First runner-up: “This Changes Everything” by Tom Donahue

Second runner-up: “The Biggest Little Farm” by John Chester


International Jury Awards

Toronto Platform Prize

Winner: “Cities of Last Things” by Wi Ding Ho

Honourable Mention: “The River” by Emir Baigazin


The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) – Discovery

Winner: “Float Like a Butterfly” by Carmel Winters

Honourable Mention: “Twin Flower” by Laura Luchetti


The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) – Special Presentations

Winner: “Skin” by Guy Nattiv

Honourable Mention: “A Faithful Man” by Louis Garrel


Eurimages’ Audentia Award

Winner: “Fig Tree” by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian

Honourable Mention: “Phoenix” by Camilla Strøm Henriksen

Short Film Jury Awards

IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film

Winner: “Brotherhood” by Meryam Joobeur

Honourable Mention: “Fauve” by Jérémy Comte


IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film

Winner: “The Field” by Sandhya Suri

Honourable Mentions:

“Fuck You” by Anette Sidor,

“This Magnificent Cake!” by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels



Winner: “The Third Wife” by Ash Mayfair

Honourable Mention: “The Crossing” by Bai Xue


Canadian Film Jury Awards

City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film

Winner: “Roads in February (Les routes en février)” by Katherine Jerkovic

Las Rutas en febrero w/English subt. (2017) excerpt # 1 from Katherine Jerkovic on Vimeo.


Canada Goose® Award for Best Canadian Feature Film

Winner: The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles)” by Sébastien Pilote’s

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