Toronto fest auds voted for true-story pics this year, with Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” starring Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist to Colin Firth’s King George VI, winning the People’s Choice prize.
The kudo, which was announced Sunday, comes with a C$15,000 ($14,500) prize.
The Real to Reel documentary sidebar people’s choice award went to Sturla Gunnarsson’s “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie” (eOne in Canada), about the 75-year-old Canadian environmentalist and broadcaster. People’s choice narrative runner-up was Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” based on the true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan who fought discrimination to attend school and learn to read.
Midnight Madness auds named Jim Mickle’s vampire-hunting road trip “Stakeland” as their top pic, while runner-up kudos went to Michael Dowse’s metalhead mockumentary “Fubar II,” which Alliance opens in Canada Oct. 1.
Patricia Guzman’s “Nostalgia for the Light” was docu runner-up. The Fipresci jury of international critics handed prizes to Pierre Thoretton’s “L’Amour fou” from fest’s Special Presentation program, and Shawn Ku’s “Beautiful Boy” from the Discovery program.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies,” won the best Canadian feature, a juried award that comes with a $29,000 prize.