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Toronto Film Festival organizers pick favorites

Festival panel choose top Canadian films of the year

Organizers of the Toronto Film Festival unveiled on Tuesday their picks for the top 10 Canuck films of the last year.

Notably absent is “Bon Cop, Bad Cop,” the top-grossing film within Canada with a cume so far of more than C$12.6 million ($10.9 million).

“It’s an independent industry panel that chooses the films,” said Cam Haynes, director of Canadian programming and outreach at the TIFF Group. “The commercial nature of the film never really enters into the picture.”

Mike Clattenburg’s “Trailer Park Boys: The Movie,” exec produced by Ivan Reitman, is the only film on the list that did not unspool at the Toronto fest. It’s also the only one that has enjoyed wide release in Canada. Pic opened Oct. 6; total B.O. is C$3.8 million ($3.3 million).

The other pics on the list are Toronto opening-night film “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen,” from Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn; “Away From Her,” directed by Sarah Polley; Jennifer Baichwal’s “Manufactured Landscapes”; “Monkey Warfare,” from Reginald Harkema; “Radiant City,” directed by Gary Burns and Jim Brown; “Sharkwater,” from Rob Stewart; Noel Mitrani’s “Sur la trace d’Igor Rizzi”; “Un dimanche a Kigali,” directed by Robert Favreau; and “Congorama,” directed by Philippe Falardeau.

Among the 10-member panel that selected the films are helmer Jean-Marc Vallee (“C.R.A.Z.Y.”); Helen du Toit, program director of the Vancouver Film & TV Forum; and filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald.