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2017 Toronto International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmBorg McEnroe by Janus Metz Pedersen
Closing filmC'est la vie! by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache
LocationToronto, Canada
AwardsThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (People's Choice Award)
Festival dateSeptember 7 – 17, 2017
TIFF chronology

The 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from September 7 to 17, 2017. There were fourteen programs, with the Vanguard and City to City programs both being retired from previous years, with the total number of films down by 20% from the 2016 edition.[1][2] Borg/McEnroe directed by Janus Metz Pedersen opened the festival.[3]

According to a "fact sheet" released by the Festival before it began, this edition included 255 feature-length films[4] and 84 short films. Of the feature films, 147 are claimed to be world premieres. The number of Canadian films at the Festival (including co-productions) is listed as 28 features and 29 shorts.[5] Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk received a special IMAX 70mm screening at the Cinesphere as part of the main film slate and the 50th anniversary of IMAX, making it the first Nolan film to appear at the festival since Following, nineteen years earlier.[6]


The festival's final awards were announced on September 17.[7]

Award Film Director
People's Choice Award Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh
People's Choice Award First Runner Up I, Tonya Craig Gillespie
People's Choice Award Second Runner Up Call Me by Your Name Luca Guadagnino
People's Choice Award: Documentary Faces Places Agnès Varda and JR
People's Choice Award, Documentary First Runner Up Long Time Running Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier
People's Choice Award, Documentary Second Runner Up Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! Morgan Spurlock
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness Bodied Joseph Kahn
People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness First Runner Up The Disaster Artist James Franco
People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness Second Runner Up Brawl in Cell Block 99 S. Craig Zahler
Platform Prize Sweet Country Warwick Thornton
Platform Prize, Honourable Mention Dark River Clio Barnard
Best Canadian Feature Film Ravenous (Les Affamés) Robin Aubert
Best Canadian Feature Film, Honourable Mention The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes) Simon Lavoie
Best Canadian Short Film Pre-Drink Marc-Antoine Lemire
Best Canadian Short Film, Honourable Mention The Tesla World Light Matthew Rankin
Best Canadian First Feature Film Luk'Luk'I Wayne Wapeemukwa
Best Canadian First Feature Film, Honourable Mention Ava Sadaf Foroughi
FIPRESCI Discovery Prize Ava Sadaf Foroughi
FIPRESCI Special Presentations The Motive Manuel Martín Cuenca
Best International Short Film The Burden Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Best International Short Film, Honourable Mention A Gentle Night Qiu Yang
Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere The Great Buddha+ Huang Hsin-Yao


Platform Jury[edit]

Canadian Feature Film Jury[edit]

Short Cuts Film Jury[edit]


The following films were selected:[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Gala presentations[edit]

Special presentations[edit]

Midnight Madness[edit]



Contemporary World Cinema[edit]

Contemporary World Speakers[edit]



Short Cuts[edit]

Festival Street[edit]


Public Programme[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 2017.[20] The selected films received a follow-up screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as a "Canada's Top Ten" minifestival in January 2018, where Unarmed Verses won the People's Choice Award.[21]


Short films[edit]


  1. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival's 2017 Lineup Will Be 'More Tightly Curated,' Programmers Say". IndieWire. February 23, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "TIFF Unveils 2017 Programmes & Programmers" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto International Film Festival. February 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Toronto: Shia LaBeouf's 'Borg/McEnroe' to Open 2017 Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Hollywood descends on Toronto for film festival". BBC News. September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 Toronto International Film Festival Fact Sheet" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto International Film Festival Inc. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Dunkirk' Receives a Special IMAX Screening at TIFF". August 29, 2017.
  7. ^ Jeremy Kay (September 17, 2017). "'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' wins Toronto audience award". Screen Daily. In other key awards handed out on Sunday afternoon (17), Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country claimed the Toronto Platform Prize, while Joseph Kahn's Bodied won the Grolsch People's Choice Midnight Madness Award. Agnès Varda and JR's Faces Places took the Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award.
  8. ^ a b c The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival [catalogue]. Toronto. 2017. p. 29.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  9. ^ "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  10. ^ ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Super-Size Me 2’ Added to Toronto Film Festival Lineup
  11. ^ "TIFF 2017's Midnight Madness, documentary slates are announced". Now. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Documentary Lineup Set For Toronto International Film Festival". Shoot Online. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "'The Death Of Stalin' to open Toronto Film Festival Platform programme". ScreenDaily. August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "Toronto Film Festival's Canadian Content to Include New Margaret Atwood Adaptation". The Wrap. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  15. ^ Pond, Steve (August 15, 2017). "Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis CK Movies Added to Toronto Film Festival Lineup". TheWrap. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  16. ^ "Toronto Adds Films From Aaron Sorkin, Louis C.K., Brie Larson". Variety. August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  17. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Adds International Films, Talks With Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem". The Wrap. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  18. ^ "Roman J. Israel, Esq. Completes the Toronto International Film Festival Special Presentations Lineup" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto International Film Festival Inc. August 31, 2017.
  19. ^ Jade Markus (August 9, 2017). "The Simpsons meets Lake of the Woods: Winnipeg filmmakers headed to TIFF". Metro. Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  20. ^ "Top 10 best Canadian movies of 2017". Your Morning, December 6, 2017.
  21. ^ "Unarmed Verses wins Canada’s Top Ten People’s Choice Award". Playback, January 22, 2018.

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