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’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s Top Audience Award

Toronto –  British director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” has won the Toronto film festival’s top audience prize, it was announced Sunday at the event’s awards brunch.

Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” were first and second runners-up.

Sion Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” nabbed the Midnight Madness aud award, while Jehane Noujaim’s “The Square” won the documentary aud award.

Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” won the juried FIPRESCI Prize for best film in the festival’s Special Presentations program. The FIPRESCI jury named Claudia Sainte-Luce’s “The Amazing Catfish” best film in the Discovery program.

The NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award for best world or Asian film premiere went to Anup Singh’s “Qissa.”

Veteran Toronto documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig won the juried best Canadian feature award and C$30,000 cash for “When Jews Were Funny.” Peter Stebbing’s “Empire of Dirt” received a special jury citation in the category.

Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s animated feature “Asphalt Watches,” which screened in Vanguard, took home best Canadian first feature and C$15,000. Clif Prowse and Derek Lee’s midnighter “Afflicted” was the runner-up.

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