Even though the festival is continuing, I had to get home early, because Saturday I am going to (yet another!!) Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. More from there soon!
Three things strike me about TIFF from this vantage point. ATTN: AS OF THIS WRITING THINGS HAVE CHANGED DRASTICALLY, AND I HAVE UPDATED MY COMMENTARY AS A RESULT. See IndieWIRE, Sept. 19 "Flurry of Activity":
Last night’s sales bring the festival’s current North American deal total to a whopping 18 titles, with a variety of players coming to the table...Compared to last year, this is an impressive result for Toronto. By the time the 2009 festival ended, only a half dozen films or so had been picked up...A lot of sales happened six or eight weeks after the festival [last year] but they were seen here,” Cameron Bailey told indieWIRE just prior to this year’s festival.
There were surprisingly
few MANY (!!!) sales made, and the 4 which sold for seven figures (Dirty Girl $3.2m paid by TWC), SUPER (IFC bought from HanWay), Submarine (IFC bought from Protagonist for about $1m plus a P&A commitment) and Beautiful Boy (Anchor Bay acquired from Lightning) were surprising in how high their prices were. What is behind IFC's suddenly upping the ante after being the busiest and lowest paying buyer in town? Is TWC showing its "new money" to gain lost ground?
If you want to see what the TIFF winners are, continue reading this.
Cadillac People’s Choice Award:
The King’s Speech
Directed by Tom Hooper
Runner-Up The First Grader
directed by Justin Chadwick
Cadillac People’s Choice Award For Documentary:
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Runner-Up Cadillac People’s Choice Award For Documentary: Nostalgia For The Light
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
Cadillac People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness:
Directed by Jim Mickle
Runner-Up: Fubar II
Directed by Michael Dowse
City of Toronto and Astral Media’s The Movie Network Award Award For Best Canadian Feature Film:
directed by Denis Villeneuve
SKYY Vodka Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film:
The High Cost of Living
directed by Deborah Chow
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section:
directed by Pierre Thoretton
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section:
directed by Shawn Ku
Award For Best Canadian Short Film:
Les fleurs de l’âge (Little Flowers)
directed by Vincent Biron, Montreal, Canada