Best Canadian Short Film
Winner - Randall Okita’s The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer
Honorable Mention - Rob Grant’s What Doesn’t Kill You
Best International Short Film
Winner - Sotiris Dounoukos’s A Single Body
Honourable Mention – Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy!
Best Canadian Feature Film - Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira
Best Canadian First Feature Film – Jeffrey St. Jules for Bang Bang Baby
Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations – Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind (Richard Gere)
Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme - Abd Al Malik for May Allah Bless France
NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere – Shonali Bose for Margarita, With a Straw
Grolsch People’s Choice Award – Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game
The First Runner-up - Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive
The Second Runner-up – Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent
The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award - Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows
The First Runner-up - Kevin Smith’s Tusk
The Second Runner-up - Jalmari Helander’s Big Game
The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award - Hajooj Kuka’s Beats of the Antonov
First runner-up – David Thorpe’s Do I Sound Gay?
The second runner-up - Ethan Hawke’s Seymour: An Introduction
Desi Achievers at the TIFF Awards Ceremony
With Margarita, with a Straw (Starring Kalki Koechlin) winning for best Asian film at TIFF, co-producer Nilesh Maniyar accepted the award. He wore a linen kurta, which lent an air of earthiness, serenity and trendiness. With a modest and unassuming demeanour, he posed for us with his award.
To Canadians, Zaib is best known for his role as an Imam in the TV show Mosque on the Prairie. But this year, the City of Toronto made him its Film Commissioner. When speaking about his Pakistani roots, he says, “My father was a novelist. His novel Gharondey was made into a Pakistani TV serial for PTV.” So we assume television runs in his family. To which he says smilingly, “I guess so.” Keep up the great work.