Awards for 2011

Best Canadian Feature Film

WINNER

Monsieur Lazhar: Philippe Falardeau
Very rarely does a film come along that does everything perfectly. At the end of this movie, my jury members looked at each other, with tears in our eyes. We came to a unanimous decision : the City Of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature goes to a film that explores loss, exile, and the truths we tell our children: Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar.

Best Canadian First Feature Film

WINNER

Citizen Gangster: Nathan Morlando
a film that sets a tone, stays with it, and shows you what it is to be a soldier returning from war only to find that the world has no place for you. This is a film that puts a human face on a Canadian myth.

Best Canadian First Feature Film - Special Jury Citation

WINNER

Nuit #1: Anne Émond
Anne Emond's Nuit #1 was simple and raw. It reminded us of the power of two actors with incredible chemistry, a courageous filmmaker, and a dingy apartment. We can't wait for Nuit #2.

Best Canadian Short Film

WINNER

Doubles with Slight Pepper: Ian Harnarine
Through the humble but moving story of a family in crisis, this film expresses truths that resonate in Canada and around the world. It is the debut of an exciting new voice from whom we hope to see a great deal more.

IN-COMPETITION

Best Canadian Short Film - Special Mention

WINNERS


International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI)

Special Presentations

WINNER

The First Man: Gianni Amelio
Gianni Amelio's realization of an unfinished Albert Camus novel explores the legacy of colonialism with the tenderness of a memoir and the unflinching gaze of a war reporter.

IN-COMPETITION

Discovery

WINNER

Avalon: Axel Petersén
An assured, darkly humorous portrait of an affluent class in hedonistic self-denial, Avalon marks the arrival of a promising new voice in Swedish filmmaking.

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