Kings, Vampires, and David Suzuki Clean Up at TIFF Awards
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Kings, Vampires, and David Suzuki Clean Up at TIFF Awards

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The especially shiny (and just as prestigious) awards for TIFF 2010.


TIFF wrapped up its 2010 edition on Sunday with its annual press conference announcing this year’s award winners. Around 1 p.m. this afternoon, TIFF head honcho and omnipresent dynamic duo Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey took to matching podiums in a ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel to share their thoughts on this year’s festival. Handling boasted that TIFF “climbed two mountains this year,” referring to the festival itself—which he called “perhaps the best TIFF ever” (really, Piers?)—as well as the opening of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a mammoth undertaking ten years in the making.


As far as Canadian films to take home awards at this year’s TIFF, Vincent Biton’s Les Fleurs de l’age was awarded the $10,000 prize for Best Canadian Short, while Deborah Chow took home $15,000 for High Cost of Living, which was voted Best Canadian First Feature. Quebecois vet Denis Villeneuve was awarded the Best Canadian feature award for his epic Incendies.

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Denis Villeneuve humbly approaches the podium to accept his award for Best Canadian Feature.


FIRPRESCI, the international federation of film critics, picked American Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy as the best film in the Discovery program, while also awarding French director Pierre Thoretton the best film in the Special Presentations category for his L’Amour Fou.
The final awards handed out were the much-coveted Cadillac People’s Choice Awards, which value the opinions and tastes of audiences over those of critics and juries, and have in the past been awarded to such films as Crash, Slumdog Millionaire, and Precious. In the documentary category, Sturla Gunnarsson’s Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie took top honours, while Tom Hooper’s King George VI biopic The King’s Speech was the overall winner on the People’s Choice ballots.

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Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes poses with People’s Choice winner Jim Mickle.


The real upset was the People’s Choice Midnight Madness award, which saw favourites like Bunraku and Fubar II (which took runner-up) ousted by Jim Mickle’s underwhelming vampire road movie Stake Land. For what it’s worth, our theory is that the crowd at the Fubar II premiere were so drunk and rowdy that they either didn’t make it through until the end of the film, or just didn’t bother voting. So this is our advice to you, drunk people, especially with a municipal election on the horizon: vote! If you don’t, some vampire underdog is just going to steal the show and ruin it for the rest of us.
Photos by Christopher Drost/Torontoist.
Want more TIFF 2010? Torontoist’s complete coverage of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is all right here.

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