TIFF unveils best Canadian films of the year

TIFF unveiled the top 10 best features and top 10 best short films of 2011 last night as determined by a panel of industry professionals. Established in 2001, Canada’s Top Ten celebrates excellence in Canadian cinema and raises public awareness of Canadian achievements in film. The films will screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox from January 5 to 15, 2012, with a panel discussion and Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Select films will tour major cities across the country, including Vancouver’s Pacific Cinematheque, Edmonton’s Metro Cinema and Ottawa’s ByTowne Cinema. “TIFF is dedicated to supporting Canadian talent and for over a decade has been celebrating the country’s cinematic successes with Canada’s Top Ten,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “One of our goals when dreaming up TIFF Bell Lightbox was to provide a year-round platform for Canadian film and filmmakers, and we invite audiences to come join us in January to be blown away by the provocative films on the 2011 list.”

Canada’s Top Ten feature film selections for 2011 (in alphabetical order):

Café de flore — Jean-Marc Vallée (Alliance Films)
A Dangerous Method — David Cronenberg (Entertainment One)
Edwin Boyd — Nathan Morlando (Entertainment One)
Hobo With a Shotgun — Jason Eisener (Alliance Films)
Keyhole — Guy Maddin (Entertainment One)
Marécages — Guy Édoin (Mongrel Media)
Monsieur Lazhar — Philippe Falardeau (Entertainment One)
Starbuck — Ken Scott (Entertainment One)
Take This Waltz — Sarah Polley (Mongrel Media)
Le Vendeur — Sébastien Pilote (Entertainment One)

Top Ten short film selections for 2011 (in alphabetical order):

Choke — Michelle Latimer
Doubles With Slight Pepper — Ian Harnarine
The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar — Igor Drljaca
Hope — Pedro Pires
No Words Came Down — Ryan Flowers and Lisa Pham
Ora — Philippe Baylaucq
Rhonda’s Party — Ashley McKenzie
La Ronde — Sophie Goyette
Trotteur — Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc
We Ate the Children Last — Andrew Cividino

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