By William Wolf

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 AWARD WINNERS  Send This Review to a Friend

An array of awards are a highlight of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and the most prestigious one is awarded by audience members who fill out forms with their preferences during the course of the elaborate event. It’s the Cadillac People’s Choice Award, and this year it went to Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” Her film, set against the backdrop of a country ravaged by war and earning a $15,000 cash prize, depicts the efforts of a group of women to protect their community.

Other Cadillac-sponsored prizes are the People’s Choice Documentary Award, this year given to Jon Shenk’s “The Island President,” and the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, which went to Gareth Evans for “The Raid.”

The list of other honors:

The Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian First feature Film--to Nathan Morlando for “Edwin Boyd.”

The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature Film—to Philippe Falardeau for “Monsieur Lazhar.”

Best Canadian Short Film—to Ian Harnarine for “Doubles With Slight Pepper.”

Prize of the International Critics (Fipresci Prize) for the Discovery Program—to Axel Petersén for “Avalon,” a film from Sweden.

Prize of the International Critics (Fipresci) for Special Presentations—to Gianni Amelio for “The First Man,” a France-Algeria-Italy production.

The awards were announced on Sunday, September 18, at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel.

  

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