Nisha Pahuja’s documentary The World Before Her, Peter Mettler’s The End of Time and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell are among the year’s top 10 Canadian features, as named by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Tuesday evening (December 4) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
Selected by a panel of industry professionals, the films will be screened from January 4 to 13 at the Lightbox, accompanied by Q&A sessions with filmmakers.
“This 10-day festival offers homegrown talent a dedicated platform to showcase their success, and we couldn’t be more impressed by the caliber of films the industry has produced this year,” said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey in a statement.
Following the Toronto International Film Festival, Mettler’s Time was picked up by First Run Features for U.S. distribution, with deals penned with distributors in Poland and Australia.
Polley’s doc, after a turn on the Canadian festival circuit and a limited theatrical run nationally, will travel to Sundance, as announced last week.
The full lists are as follows:
Top 10 Canadian Feature Films
- Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg (Entertainment One Films)
- The End of Time, Peter Mettler (Mongrel Media, National Film Board)
- Goon, Michael Dowse (Alliance Films)
- Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan (Alliance Films)
- Midnight’s Children, Deepa Mehta (Mongrel Media)
- My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Sean Garrity (Phase 4 Films)
- Rebelle, Kim Nguyen (Mongrel Media)
- Still, Michael McGowan (Mongrel Media)
- Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley (Mongrel Media, NFB)
- The World Before Her, Nisha Pahuja (KinoSmith)
Top Ten Canadian Shorts
- Bydlo, Patrick Bouchard (NFB)
- Chef de meute (Herd Leader), Chloé Robichaud (Locomotion Distribution)
- Crackin’ Down Hard, Mike Clattenburg
- Kaspar, Diane Obomsawin (NFB)
- Ne crâne pas sois modeste (Keep a Modest Head), Deco Dawson (Microclimat Films Inc.)
- Lingo, Bahar Noorizadeh
- Malody, Phillip Barker
- Old Growth, Tess Girard
- Reflexions, Martin Thibaudeau (Locomotion Distribution)
- Paparmane (Wintergreen), Joëlle Desjardins Paquette (Locomotion Distribution)
(Taken from Playback Daily)