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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 PresentationsOren 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 PremiereShonali 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-upDavid Thorpe’s Do I Sound Gay?

The second runner-up – Ethan Hawke’s Seymour: An Introduction


Desi Achievers at the TIFF Awards Ceremony

Nilesh Maniyar

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.

Co-producer of Maragarita, With A Straw, Nilesh Maniyar (in yellow on right)


Zaib Shaikh

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.


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