Canadian filmmakers have a strangle-hold on life’s most provocative moments given the compelling diversity of the top films of 2012 as selected by a panel of industry insiders.
Starting this weekend, and continuing until Jan. 13, “Canada’s Top Ten” feature and short films will screen at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox – an annual presentation designed to draw much deserved attention to Canadian films and filmmakers.
“Canada’s Top Ten” films are chosen from features, shorts, documentaries, animation and experimental films. Each film must have premiered at a major film festival or obtained a commercial theatrical release in Canada in 2012. The filmmaker must be a Canadian citizen or resident, and have a history of working in Canada or on Canadian-financed films.
“As Canadian cinema continues to trail-blaze and attract global audiences, TIFF proudly presents the best of the best of the nation with Canada’s Top Ten,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival. “This 10-day festival offers homegrown talent a dedicated platform to showcase their success, and we couldn’t be more impressed by the calibre of films the industry has produced this year.”
Canada’s top ten feature film selections for 2012 are:
- “Cosmopolis” (eOne Films)
- “The End of Time” (Mongrel Media, National Film Board)
- “Goon” (Alliance Films)
- “Laurence Anyways” (Alliance Films)
- “Midnight’s Children” (Mongrel Media)
- “My Awkward Sexual Adventure” (Phase 4 Films)
- “Rebelle” (Mongrel Media)
- “Still” (Mongrel Media)
- “Stories We Tell” (Mongrel Media, NFB)
- “The World Before Her” (KinoSmith)
Canada’s top ten short film selections for 2012 are:
- “Bydlo” (NFB)
- “Chef de meute” (Locomotion Distribution)
- “Crackin Down Hard”
- “Kaspar” (NFB)
- “Ne crane pas sois modeste” (Microclimate Films)
- “Old Growth”
- “Reflexions” (Locomotion Distribution)
- “Paparmane” (Locomotion Distribution)
Several of these films are already familiar to Toronto film audiences given their popularity on the film festival circuit. A complete list of film synopses can be viewed at TIFF.
Included in this year’s program is a personal appearance by director Sarah Polley on Jan. 5. She’ll join Cameron Bailey onstage for a conversation about her career, with a special focus on her most recent work and featured “Canada’s Top Ten” selection, “Stories We Tell.” Discussion topics will include the virtues of working in Canada, Polley’s move from performer to director, and the differences between documentary and fiction filmmaking.
Purchase tickets online at TIFF, by phone Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at 416.599.TIFF and 1.888.599.8433, or visit the box office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
See you at the movies.
See you at TIFF Bell Lightbox.