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TIFF 2015 Winners Include ‘Room,’ ‘Hardcore,’ ‘Closet Monster,’ and More

Written by on September 20, 2015 

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With the 40th Toronto International Film Festival concluding today, the winners have been unveiled. Earning the top prize was the Brie Larson-led drama Room, which A24 will release on October 16th. Other winners included the first-person actioner Hardcore, Stephen Dunn‘s coming-of-age drama Closet Monster, and Hurt in the first-ever Platform section.

Check out the full list of winners below, with reviews where applicable, and catch up with all of our coverage (and more to come) here.

Shorts Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film – Overpass (Patrice Laliberté)

Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film – Maman(s) (Maïmouna Doucouré)

Best Canadian First Feature Film – Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino)

Best Canadian Feature Film – Closet Monster (Stephen Dunn)

Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme – Eva (Marko Škop)

Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations – Desierto (Jonás Cuarón)

NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere – The Whispering Star (Sion Sono)

Toronto Platform Prize – Hurt (Alan Zweig)
Honorable mentions include Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull, He Ping’s The Promised Land, and Pablo Trapero’s The Clan.

People’s Choice Award – Room (Lenny Abrahamson)
The second runner up is Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight. The first runner up is Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses.

People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award – Hardcore (Ilya Naishuller)
The second runner up is Jeremy Saulnier’Green Room. The first runner up is Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s The Final Girls.

People’s Choice Documentary Award – Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom (Evgeny Afineevsk). The second runner up is Brian D. Johnson’s Al Purdy Was Here. The first runner up is Avi Lewis This Changes Everything.

Discovery Programme Filmmakers Award – Black (Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah)

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Which of the award winners are you most looking forward to seeing?


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