2016 Toronto International Film Festival

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2016 Toronto International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmThe Magnificent Seven
Closing filmThe Edge of Seventeen
LocationToronto, Canada
AwardsLa La Land (People's Choice Award)
Festival date8–18 September 2016
TIFF chronology

The 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from 8 to 18 September 2016.[1] The first announcement of films to be screened at the festival took place on 26 July.[2] Almost 400 films were shown.[3][4]


The festival's final awards were announced on 18 September.[5]

Award Film Director
People's Choice Award La La Land Damien Chazelle
People's Choice Award First Runner Up Lion Garth Davis
People's Choice Award Second Runner Up Queen of Katwe Mira Nair
People's Choice Award: Documentaries I Am Not Your Negro Raoul Peck
People's Choice Award, Documentary First Runner Up Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Steve James
People's Choice Award, Documentary Second Runner Up Before the Flood Fisher Stevens
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness Free Fire Ben Wheatley
People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness First Runner Up The Autopsy of Jane Doe André Øvredal
People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness Second Runner Up Raw Julia Ducournau
Platform Prize Jackie Pablo Larraín
Platform Prize, Honourable Mention Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait Khyentse Norbu
Best Canadian Feature Film Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie
Best Canadian Short Film Mutants Alexandre Dostie
Best Canadian First Feature Film Old Stone Johnny Ma
Dropbox Discovery Program Filmmakers Award Jeffrey Yanillys Perez
FIPRESCI Discovery Prize Kati Kati Mbithi Masya
FIPRESCI Special Presentations I Am Not Madame Bovary Feng Xiaogang
Best International Short Film Imago Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere In Between Maysaloun Hamoud

Jury members[edit]

Platform Jury[edit]

The jury for the Platform section (in its second year) comprised Brian de Palma (American director), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chadian director), and Zhang Ziyi (Chinese actress).[6][7] The Platform section (named for Jia Zhangke's film Platform) consists of "12 films of high artistic merit that demonstrate a strong directorial vision".[8] The jury awarded the $25,000 prize to Jackie.


The following films were selected:[9][10][11]

Gala presentations[edit]

Special presentations[edit]

Midnight Madness[edit]


Next Wave[edit]


Contemporary World Cinema[edit]

Contemporary World Speakers[edit]




TIFF Kids[edit]

Short Cuts[edit]

Festival Street[edit]


Public Programme[edit]


City to City: Lagos[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 2016.[15] The selected films received a follow-up screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as a "Canada's Top Ten" minifestival in January 2017, as well as in selected other cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.[15]


Short films[edit]


  1. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival". Toronto. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ "After a dry summer movie season, will TIFF deliver salvation?". The Globe and Mail. 21 July 2016. Archived from the original on 24 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Toronto film festival spotlights diversity". BBC News. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Birth of a Nation gets standing ovation in Toronto". BBC News. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ "TIFF People's Choice Award cements La La Land's place in Oscar race". Entertainment Weekly. 18 September 2016.
  6. ^ Etan Vlessing (25 August 2016). "Toronto: Brian De Palma, Zhang Ziyi, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Join Competition Jury". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2016 Award Winners" (PDF) (Press release). TIFF. 18 September 2016. This is the sophomore year for Platform, the Festival's juried programme that champion's director's cinema from around the world.
  8. ^ "The Toronto International Film Festival names its esteemed Platform Jury" (PDF) (Press release). TIFF. 25 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Toronto To Open With 'The Magnificent Seven'; 'La La Land', 'Deepwater Horizon' Among Galas & Presentations". Deadline. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  10. ^ Toronto Fest Rounds Dance Card: Terry George’s ‘The Promise,’ Liev Schreiber In ‘The Bleeder,’ Terrence Malick Docu Among Pics. Deadline, 16 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Toronto unveils City To City, World Cinema, Masters line-ups". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae Wilner, Norman (9 September 2016). "TIFF shorts 2016: what to check out at this year's fest". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  13. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (4 August 2016). "NFB Animations Head to TIFF". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  14. ^ King, Randall (9 September 2016). "A big short: Ten-minute TIFF debut a calling card for four local filmmakers". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  15. ^ a b "TIFF announces lineup for Canada's Top 10 Film Festival". CBC News, 7 December 2016.

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