TORONTO — Director Sarah Polley’s family secrets documentary, “Stories We Tell,” nabbed the Toronto Film Critics Assn.’s best Canadian film award and its newly upped C$100,000 ($101,300) prize on Tuesday night.
The award, the country’s most valuable arts prize, and the $5,000 runners-up honors for Michael Dowse’s “Goon” and Denis Cote’s “Bestiaire” were presented by vet thesp Don McKellar at a biz gala held at Toronto’s Carlu special events venue.
The prizes were sponsored by Rogers Communications.
The TFCA also awarded Mexican-Canadian helmer Nicolas Pereda, the focus of a recent TIFF Bell Lightbox restrospective, the Jay Scott prize for emerging artist, which comes with a $5,000 provided by Deluxe.
Andrew Moir’s “Just as I Remember” won the 2012 Manulife Financial Student Film Award and $5,000.
Previously announced TFCA award winners include Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” which nabbed best picture, director, screenplay and actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Polley’s film also won the Allan King Documentary Award.