TIFF 2020: Take a bow, Toronto 👏

Thank you for sharing your Festival with us

Earlier this year, a pandemic reshaped our lives. Every day, we were left struggling to find the right words. Personal and emotional experiences can be difficult to express in language, so we turn to art. Because art — and cinema in particular — helps us to better understand. It provides comfort, brings us closer together, and acts as a source of wonder and inspiration.

2020 forced us to make tough decisions about how to best adapt to this changing world. We reimagined what the future of film could be and embraced the core essence of our Festival: great films that encourage empathy, and important conversations that lead to a more informed understanding of one another.

TIFF has so many perspectives to share, and so many powerful, immersive stories to tell, that we knew the Festival had to go on. Without it, we risked losing an entire generation of creators whose diverse voices would go unheard. We risked audiences not feeling represented on the big screen. We risked losing the shared experience that brings us closer together — not in proximity, but emotionally and spiritually.

You embraced us in a whole new way. Whether watching from the cinema, in the car, at home, or under the stars, you celebrated the films that moved you, connected with each other through social media, and helped transform this Festival.

This year, like every year, film brought us all together, as it always has and always will.

So, once again we’re struggling to find the right words — but this time it’s because we’re awestruck by the incredible love of film and support for this Festival that you have shown us.

Thank you for making TIFF 2020 so unforgettable,
Joana and Cameron

TIFF People’s Choice Award

And the winners are…

The TIFF People’s Choice Award is celebrating its 43rd year and is decided by the best jury on Earth: you. You watched, and you voted from an incredible list of Official Selection titles. Now, here are your winners…

TIFF 2020 People’s Choice Award: Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland
Watch a special thank you message from Chloé here!

First Runner-up: Regina King’s One Night in Miami…

Second Runner-up: Tracey Deer’s Beans

TIFF 2020 People’s Choice Documentary Award: Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian

TIFF 2020 People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Roseanne Liang’s Shadow In The Cloud

Congratulations to all the women filmmakers who swept this year’s awards!


TIFF 2020
IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards

IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Film: Naïla Guiguet’s Dustin

IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film: Paul Shkordoff’s Benjamin, Benny, Ben

IMDbPro Short Cuts Share Her Journey Award: Tiffany Hsiung’s Sing Me a Lullaby

IMDbPro will provide each winner with a bursary of $10,000 and a one-year membership to IMDbPro.

TIFF 2020
Amplify Voices Awards presented by Canada Goose

Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian

Amplify Voices Award: Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Disciple

Amplify Voices Award: Philippe Lacôte’s Night of the Kings

Canada Goose presents the Amplify Voices Awards to the three best Festival feature films by under-represented filmmakers. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, made possible by Canada Goose.

TIFF 2020
Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award

The 2020 Changemaker Award winner is Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s short film Black Bodies.

Presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, this award honours a Festival film that tackles issues of social change, and is selected by TIFF’s Next Wave Committee. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

TIFF 2020

International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize:
Dea Kulumbegashvili’s Beginning

Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) Award:
Tarzan and Arab Nasser’s Gaza mon amour

“To celebrate [cinema’s] very existence is all the more important and necessary, because we can never remind people enough that this remarkable art form has always been and always will be much more than a diversion.”

—TIFF 2020 Ambassador Martin Scorsese



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