Saturday, September 17, 2005

TIFF 05 Awards

A UK-South African collaboration that traces six days in the life of a ruthless gang leader has won the People's Choice Award at the 30th annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Tsotsi, a film by Gavin Hood and based on the novel by Athol Fugard, was selected by audiences as their favourite of 335 films from 52 countries screened over 10 days at the festival.

The Toronto-City Award for best Canadian feature went to Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y., a cinematic homage to the pop culture-saturated middle class of the 1970s.

Two first-timers shared the Citytv Award for best Canadian First Feature: Louise Archambault's Familia and Michael Mabbott's The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico. The filmmakers had to share a single trophy, at least for the moment.

The Discovery Award, voted on by international media, went to Australian Sarah Watt's Look Both Ways, while the FIPRESCI Prize, chosen by an international jury of film critics, went to South Korean Kang Yi-kwan's Sa-Kwa.

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