Toronto Pubic Speaks; 12 Years a Slave Claims Top Prize at TIFF 2013

12 Years a Slave TIFF People's Choice 2013

Such as the case back in 2008 with Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight have a hit on their hands and if all goes according to Moneyball-esque stats and Oscar prognosticators measuring stick, Hunger and Shame director Steve McQueen appears to be the lead favorite now for a taste of Oscar gold. After heavy Telluride buzz, 12 Years a Slave beat out Gravity, dark horse fav Prisoners, Dallas Buyers Club and the crowd-friendly Philomena to be crowned as TIFF’s BlackBerry People’s Choice Award. Here’s the complete list of other winners which includes the resurgence of Pawel Pawlikowski – who claimed the FIPRESCI prize in the Special Presentations section for Ida.

BlackBerry People’s Choice Award: “12 Years a Slave”
Runners-up: “Philomena,” “Prisoners”
BlackBerry People’s Choice Documentary Award: “The Square”
Runners-up: “Beyond the Edge,” “Hi-Ho Mistahey!”
BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?”
Best Canadian First Feature Film: “Asphalt Watches”
City of Toronto and Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: “When Jews Were Funny”
Best Canadian Short Film: “Noah”
International Critics’ (FIPRESCI) Prize for Discovery Program: “The Amazing Catfish”
International Critcs’ (FIPRESCI) Prize for Special Presentations: “Ida”
NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere: “QISSA”
Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award: “All the Wrong Reasons”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)