×

’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.

More Film

  • Azania Muendane

    Locations Africa Expo Sends Message in Durban: ‘Africa is Ready’

    DURBAN–The first edition of the Locations Africa Expo and Conference was held this week during the Durban FilmMart, with an eye toward identifying and growing the opportunities to lure incoming productions to the continent. “Locations Africa is trying to service a need on the continent to discuss the physical production…on the ground, highlighting film commissions, [...]

  • The Lion King

    China Box Office: 'Looking Up' is Surprise Weekend Winner Ahead of 'Lion King'

    Actor and comedian Deng Chao underlined his enduring popularity with mainstream Chinese audiences, delivering a surprise number one hit in “Looking Up.” It scored $38.6 million in its opening weekend, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway, and displaced “The Lion King” from its previous perch. “Looking Up” is a family comedy about a father’s [...]

  • Unathi Malonga

    Report Urges South African Media to ‘Step Up’ Against Gender Violence

    DURBAN–In a country with some of the highest rates of sexual and gender-based violence in the world, South African media must step up and play a greater role in the fight against gender inequality and gender-based violence. That was the conclusion of a report, “Gender, Diversity and Gender-based Violence in South African TV,” that was [...]

  • SAG-AFTRA HQ

    SAG-AFTRA Leaders Approve Proposal for New Film-TV Contract

    The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved proposals for a successor deal to its master contract covering feature film and primetime television — a key step in the upcoming negotiations cycle with companies. The board approved the package Saturday with the performers union declining to reveal any specifics — its usual policy. The board established the wages [...]

  • Cameron Crowe, David Crosby, A.J. Eaton.

    Cameron Crowe on Why He Loved Leaving David Crosby Doc on a CSNY Question Mark

    David Crosby may or may not have stuck a joint in Cameron Crowe’s mouth the first time he ever met the future filmmaker, when Crosby was peaking with Crosby Stills Nash & Young and his interviewer was a precocious 15-year-old Rolling Stone correspondent. As Crowe said to Jimmy Kimmel the other night, “I remember it [...]

  • Mokalik

    Nigeria’s Kunle Afolayan: African Audiences Shouldn’t Be ‘Second-Class’

    DURBAN–A young boy from a middle-class home gets an unconventional schooling in the ways of the world when he’s forced to apprentice at a mechanic’s workshop in a rough-and-tumble section of Lagos. “Mokalik” is the latest feature from Kunle Afolayan, a leading figure in the wave of filmmakers revitalizing the Nigerian film industry. The film [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content