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2015 Toronto International Film Festival

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Toronto International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmDemolition
Closing filmMr. Right
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
AwardsRoom (People's Choice Award)
Festival date10–20 September 2015
TIFF chronology

The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from 10 to 20 September 2015.[1] On 28 July 2015 the first wave of films to be screened at the Festival was announced. Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts was the opening night film;[2][3] Mr. Right by Paco Cabezas was the closing night film.[4]

The year's edition included two new sections called Platform and Primetime. At Platform, twelve films will be screened in front of a jury, with the best film of the program winning the C$25,000 Platform Prize.[5][6] Film directors Claire Denis, Jia Zhangke, and Agnieszka Holland were selected as the jurors for this section.[7][8] At Primetime, six high-quality television programs will be presented at public screenings with Question and Answer sessions with show creators.[9][10] The lineups for the TIFF Docs, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, and Masters sections were announced on 11 August 2015.[11] More than 100 films were added to the festival's programme on 18 August.[12][13] The new program titled In Conversation replaced the Maverick section.[14]

The Festival reported that TIFF 2015 had a record high industry attendance, with 5,450 delegates from 80 countries, a 7% increase over 2014.[15]


The festival's final awards were announced on 20 September.[16]

Award Film Director
People's Choice Award Room Lenny Abrahamson
People's Choice Award, First Runner Up Angry Indian Goddesses Pan Nalin
People's Choice Award, Second Runner Up Spotlight Tom McCarthy
People's Choice Award: Documentaries Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom Evgeny Afineevsky
People's Choice Award: Documentaries, First Runner Up This Changes Everything Avi Lewis
People's Choice Award: Documentaries, Second Runner Up Al Purdy Was Here Brian D. Johnson
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness Hardcore Henry Ilya Naishuller
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness, First Runner Up The Final Girls Todd Strauss-Schulson
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness, Second Runner Up Green Room Jeremy Saulnier
Platform Prize Hurt Alan Zweig
Best Canadian Feature Film Closet Monster Stephen Dunn
Best Canadian Short Film Overpass Patrice Laliberté
Best Canadian First Feature Film Sleeping Giant Andrew Cividino
Special Citation, Canadian Feature Film My Internship in Canada Philippe Falardeau
Dropbox Discovery Program Filmmakers Award Black Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
FIPRESCI Discovery Prize Eva Nová Marko Skop
FIPRESCI Special Presentations Desierto Jonás Cuarón
Best International Short Film Maman(s) Maïmouna Doucouré
Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere The Whispering Star Sion Sono


Short film awards jury:[16]

Canadian awards jury:[16]

FIPRESCI jury:[16]

  • Engin Ertan (president)
  • Chris Alexander (film critic)
  • Francisco Ferreira (film critic)
  • Kerstin Gezelius
  • Pierre Pageau
  • Alissa Simon

NETPAC jury:[16]

  • Anne Misawa (chairperson)
  • Heather Keung
  • Nashen Moodley

Platform Prize jury (inaugural year):[16]


Gala presentations[edit]

Special Presentations[edit]


TIFF Docs[edit]

Short Cuts Canada[edit]



Contemporary World Cinema[edit]

Midnight Madness[edit]


City to City: London[edit]


TIFF Kids[edit]



Canada's Top Ten[edit]

In December, TIFF programmers released their annual Canada's Top Ten list of the films selected as the ten best Canadian films of 2015.[17] The selected films received a follow-up screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as a "Canada's Top Ten" minifestival in January 2016, as well as in selected other cities including Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.[17]




  1. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival". Toronto. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'". Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Toronto Film Festival 2015: Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore aim for double Oscar success". BBC News. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Toronto: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell's 'Mr. Right' to Close Festival". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ "TIFF Adds Juried 'Platform' Section for 2015 Festival". Cinema Blographer. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Launches Program for Ambitious International Films". Variety. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. ^ Tom Grater (15 July 2015). "Denis, Zhangke, Holland to lead first TIFF Platform jury". Screen. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival Announces Inaugural Platform Lineup". IndieWire. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  9. ^ "TIFF Announces Primetime: Television is Coming to the Festival". Toronto. Archived from the original on 27 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  10. ^ "'Heroes Reborn,' Keith Richards Netflix Doc, to Debut in Toronto Festival's TV Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Adds 60+ Titles". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Robert Redford's 'Truth' to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  13. ^ "40th Annual Toronto Film Festival Adds Over 100 More Films". comingsoon.net. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival Announces In Conversation With... Program, Including Sarah Silverman and Julianne Moore". Indiewire. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  15. ^ "2015 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEES INCREASED INDUSTRY ATTENDANCE AND STRONG FILM SALES" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto International Film Festival. 20 September 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARD WINNERS" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto International Film Festival. 20 September 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  17. ^ a b "TIFF reveals Canada's Top Ten Film Festival line-up". The Globe and Mail, 8 December 2015.

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