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#SeeTheNorth: Canada's Top Ten Film Festival is here!
Come out and see the best of Canadian cinema
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival Celebrates Homegrown Talent
See the north
Maliglutit Remakes the Western in its Own Image
When killing and retribution are not in vain
The Werewolves and The Destroyers
A conversation between Canadian filmmakers Ashley McKenzie and Kevan Funk
A Conversation Between Anne Émond And Chloé Robichaud
The two accomplished Québécois directors go head-to-head
Video Flow: Director X
An x-trospective on the acclaimed Canadian music video director's greatest hits
This year’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival will include a number of classic Canadian titles as part of TIFF’s year-long programme celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday—and its and rich cinematic heritage.
Cette année, le Festival de Film Canada’s Top Ten inclura un grand nombre de classiquesmdu cinéma canadien dans le cadre de ce programme qui se déroulera tout au long de l’annéenet qui célèbrera le 150e anniversaire de la naissance du Canada – et son formidable héritage cinématographique.
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Established by TIFF in 2001, the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and raises awareness of Canadian achievements in film. From January 13 to 26, the festival will present screenings of each selected film, and offer related industry programming and learning sessions in Toronto. Selected films may also be included in a cross-Canada tour and screened at TIFF’s partner locations.
In order to be eligible for the 16th annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, selections must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident, must include Canada as an official country of production, and must have received commercial release or played a major film festival in Canada in 2016. The feature and short-film selections are each chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada.
Selected films will be publicly announced in early December 2016.
The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival tours major cities across the country, and we are thrilled to have new and long-time partners showcase the country’s talented filmmaking voices. Several of these locations will also host screenings from TIFF's Canada on Screen series, all of which are free of charge. We thank all of our partners for their commitment to the Canada’s Top Ten programme!
See the best Canadian features, shorts, and student shorts at the following partner locations:
The People’s Choice Award goes to Angry Inuk, directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.
Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Sol) joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.
Commenting on winning the People’s Choice Award, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril said, “I want to say thank you to everyone who came out and saw Angry Inuk and was willing to open their hearts and minds to a perspective that they have not seen before. We are heading into our European and American premieres in the next couple of weeks so this is wonderful news to receive.”
Watch Alethea’s full acceptance speech below:
Olena Decock is Outreach Coordinator for REEL Canada and programs screenings across the country for the upcoming National Canadian Film Day (April 19, 2017). She is also a Programming Associate for the Toronto International Film Festival, where she screens cinema from the Middle East and Africa. Originally from Toronto, Olena received her MA in communication from the University of Ottawa, with a focus on diaspora in Canadian cinema.
Luc Déry is a Canadian producer and founder of micro_scope. He has produced or co-produced numerous films, including A Problem with Fear (03), Tiresia (03), Familia (05), Congorama (06), Continental, un film sans fusil (07), C’est pas moi, je le jure! (08), Denis Villeneuve’s Academy Award nominated Incendies (10), and Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar (11). His recent productions include Philippe Falardeau’s Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre (15) and André Turpin’s Endorphine (15).
Judy Gladstone is CEO of a bilingual SVOD founded by the Coalition of Canadian Independent Media Arts Distributors. She has run a Canadian International Development Agency program in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel, served as Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Canada in Israel/Palestinian Territories, and for 15 years was the Executive Director of Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent).
Pete Harris has been in the programming and exhibition game for close to 20 years, working mainly in British Columbia and Alberta. He is a huge fan of all things Canadian: oceans, mountains, lakes, highways, people, five seasons, long weekends, music, and, of course, cinema.
Anne Mackenzie was managing director of TIFF during its first 11 years, after which she worked as associate director of the Canadian Film Centre and was a senior creative analyst at Telefilm Canada. She is now a script and book editor, and a creative consultant and associate producer on feature films. Her dream of one day running a cooking show remains firmly on the back burner.
Babak Payami was born in Tehran, and later moved to Canada, where he became a citizen and studied at the University of Toronto. His debut feature, One More Day (00), premiered at Berlin and won the Best Artistic Contribution award at Tokyo. His other features include Secret Ballot (01), which won the Silver Lion at Venice and made its North American premiere at TIFF; Silence Between Two Thoughts (03), which screened at TIFF; Iqbal, the Story of a Fearless Child (15), co-directed with Michel Fuzellier; and Manhattan Undying (16).
Sudz Sutherland is a Toronto-based writer and director. His debut feature, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (03), won Best First Feature at TIFF. He wrote and directed the Gemini Award–winning Doomstown (06), and the CBC miniseries Guns (09), which won five Geminis including Best Writing and Directing. His latest feature film, Home Again (12), won the Pan African Film Festival/BAFTA Choice Award in Los Angeles. Sudz recently co-created the CBC series Shoot the Messenger (16) with writer-producer Jennifer Holness.
The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival spotlights student shorts in its annual lineup, presenting the top student shorts from colleges and universities across the country. In a ceremony held on January 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, prizes were awarded to student films in the live action and animation categories.
Best Live Action Student Short The winner of the Best Live Action Student Film award is Les Beiges, directed by Étienne Lacelle (Concordia University).
Shifting between striking close-ups, intimate details, and cars spinning around a race track, Les Beiges delicately captures the world occupied by a group of car enthusiasts in St-Eustache, Québec.
The award comes with:
Runner-up for Best Live Action Student Short The Land of Nod, directed by Ivan Ramin Radnik (Humber College).
The drama portrays a young man tormented by classmates, haunted by the dead, and consumed by the question of whether he is anything like his violent absent father.
The Runner-up prize award comes with:
Best Animated Student Short
The prize for Best Animated Student Film goes to Feathers, directed by Sarah Kieley (Sheridan College).
Beautifully captured through vibrant stop-motion animation, Feathers is a story of love and acceptance in which a mother and daughter struggle to cope with an unusual change.
The award comes with:
Stacey Donen programmed Canadian cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival for eight years and was the original programme coordinator for Canada’s Top Ten. He has worked as Director of Programming for The Royal Cinema in Toronto, a programmer for Reel Canada, and Artistic Director of the Whistler Film Festival. In 2012 he joined with director Ingrid Veninger to launch 1KWAVE, producing five features films made for $1000 each.
Danis Goulet programs for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Short Cuts section and is a former Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She has curated award-winning projects and developed initiatives for the Ontario Arts Council, served on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Images Festival, and was on the programming committee for the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. She is an alumna of TIFF Talent Lab and the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize Program, and her own films as director have screened at numerous festivals including TIFF, Berlinale, imagineNATIVE, and the Sundance Film Festival. Danis, who is Cree/Métis, was born in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, and currently resides in Toronto.
Ashley McKenzie is an emerging writer-director from Cape Breton Island. Her debut feature, Werewolf (16), premiered at TIFF and is a feature selection at the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival. Her short 4 Quarters (15) screened at TIFF, VIFF, Stockholm IFF, and Festival du nouveau cinéma, and won Best Atlantic Short at the Atlantic Film Festival, while Rhonda’s Party (10) was included in Canada’s Top Ten Shorts. Ashley is a three-time recipient of the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award from the National Screen Institute of Canada, and won CBC’s Short Film Faceoff. She is an alumnus of TIFF Talent Lab and co-owner of grassfire films.
Blaine Thurier is both a veteran feature filmmaker and keyboardist for Juno Award–winning band The New Pornographers. His work has appeared at TIFF and his first feature, Low Self-Esteem Girl (00), won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW. Thurier is currently hard at work on his fifth feature while The New Pornographers continue to record and tour. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and children.
Ben Williams is the Production Centre Director for the Winnipeg Film Group (WFG), supporting independent directors in Manitoba. For the past two years he has served as one of the WFG’s artistic, development, and operational leaders. Ben has a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Advertising Graphics from Central State University in Ohio, and studied digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan. For over 15 years he has worked in digital media studios in NYC, Chicago, and Shanghai, and has freelanced as a video editor in the US and Canada. He can also be counted among the first generation of pioneering independent digital media producers to emerge in the social media community.
New this year, TIFF introduces Industry Forum, a full-day of programming tailored exclusively for film professionals. The day kicks off with a special edition of Breakfast at TIFF, anchored by a keynote address from Artistic Director Cameron Bailey that will examine the state of diversity in the Canadian screen industry. The Forum also features five sessions celebrating the standout Canadian creators, craftspeople and performers working in film and television, covering a range of topics that will include the new generation of television comedy, an exploration of activist filmmaking, a conversation with documentary visionaries, and a spotlight on cinematographers and production designers.