Steve McQueen is breaking towards the mainstream and Oscar contention with 12 Years a Slave. In a brutally competitive field, antipodean projects bobbed respectably about..
The Toronto system has a bunch of people’s awards, and a clutch of FIPRESCI awards by a jury, and some competition space for Canadian films.
The FIPRESCI International Critics Award went to The Amazing Catfish –
The FIPRESCI Special Presentations Award was given to Ida –
The NETPAC Award for the best Asian film with a first or second time director went to Qissa –
The People’s Choice Feature is 12 Years a Slave –
The People’s Choice Documentary Award landed on The Square. No trailer, but this is about the film, directed by Jehane Noujaim, who made the extraordinary Control Room –
The Grolsch Award (for an emerging Canadian filmmaker) went to All the Wrong Reasons –