Monday, 15 September 2014

THE IMITATION GAME WINS TIFF PEOPLE'S CHOICE


No surprise here, as festival favourite The Imitation Game wins the People's Choice Award at TIFF. It's an accolade which studios can choose to make extensive use of (Silver Linings Playbook) or ignore entirely (Where Do We Go Now?), and the placing of Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive in second place suggests that the situation wasn't far off becoming the latter of those two scenarios. After a weak year at the fest, the Weinsteins were able to wrangle an Oscar hopeful initially met with modest acclaim into the potential big hit of festival season 2014. It now enters the Oscar race in a very big way indeed, after last year's recipient of this prize, 12 Years a Slave, capitalised massively on it. Full details of winners below.

People's Choice Award
The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)

First Runner-Up
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet)

Second Runner-Up
St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi)


People's Choice Award for Documentary
Beats of the Antonov (Hajooj Kuka)

First Runner-Up
Do I Sound Gay? (David Thorpe)

Second Runner-Up
Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke)


People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness
What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi)

First Runner-Up
Tusk (Kevin Smith)

Second Runner-Up
Big Game (Jalmari Helander)



Best Canadian Feature Film
Felix and Meira (Maxime Giroux)

Best Canadian First Feature Film
Bang Bang Baby (Jeffrey St. Jules)

FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations Section
Time Out of Mind (Oren Moverman)

FIPRESCI Prize for Discovery Section
May Allah Bless France! (Abd Al Malik)

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film
Margarita, with a Straw (Shonali Bose)

Best International Short Film
A Single Body (Sotiris Dounoukos)

Best Canadian Short Film
The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer (Randall Okita)