Toronto Film Critics Association

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Toronto Film Critics Association
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Abbreviation TFCA
Formation 1997
Membership 37
Official language English
President Brian Johnson
Main organ Norm Wilner, Vice-President and Secretary
Marc Glassman, Treasurer
Affiliations FIPRESCI

The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) is an organization of film reviewers from Toronto-based publications. As of 1999, the TFCA is member of FIPRESCI.


The Toronto Film Critics Association is the official organization of Toronto-based broadcasters and journalists who critique films and provide commentary on them. Members represent all major print and electronic outlets in the city. They have juried festivals all over the world, from Cannes to Berlin, Venice to Toronto. The TFCA began presenting awards in 1998, and the dinner around them has grown to be a major annual event in the Canadian film calendar accompanied by a significant cash prizes, including a $100,000 purse for the director of the best Canadian film.

The founding members of the TFCA – those who attended the first meeting in August 1997 at the board room of the National Film Board of Canada – were Cameron Bailey (Now), Norm Wilner (freelance), Liam Lacey (The Globe and Mail), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Brian D. Johnson (Maclean's), Angie Baldarrasse (freelance), Marc Glassman (Take One: Film in Canada), Gemma Files (Eye Weekly) and Wyndham Wise (Take One: Film in Canada). Prior to the official launch of the organization, two informal Toronto film critics’ polls appeared in Take One: Film in Canada, in issues #10 (Winter 1996) and #14 (Winter 1997), organized by Mr. Wise. The Association has a special award, the Clyde Gilmour Award (not presented every year), which goes to a "Canadian who has enriched the understanding and appreciation of film in this country."[1]


Current members of the TFCA:

Chris Alexander, AM 640, Metro newspapers
Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly, Châtelaine, Artforum
Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star
Liz Braun, The Toronto Sun
Anne Brodie, Metro Newspapers, Monsters and Critics
Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
Stephen Cole, The Globe and Mail
Richard Crouse, CTV’s Canada AM
Andrew Dowler, Now Magazine
Thom Ernst, TVO, Saturday Night at the Movies |
Vanessa Farquharson, National Post
Eli Glasner, CBC
Karen Gordon, freelance
Kieran Grant, Eye Weekly
Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
Leslie James, 680News
Bruce Kirkland, The Toronto Sun
Chris Knight, National Post
Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
Kim Linekin, MSN Movies
Brian McKechnie (producer), Criticize This!
Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly, Cinema Scope
Andrew J. Parker, Dork Shelf, Criticize This!, Now Magazine
Katrina Onstad,
Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope
Jennie Punter, The Globe and Mail
Ingrid Randoja, Famous Magazine
Johanna Schneller, The Globe and Mail
Gilbert Seah, Cinema Eye
Denis Seguin, Playback
Alice Shih, Fairchild Radio
Radheyan Simonpillai, Now Magazine
Jim Slotek, The Toronto Sun
Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine
Andrew Tracy, Cinema Scope
Jesse Wente, CBC Radio

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