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TIFF Salutes Canada’s Top Ten: Their Picks For The Best Canadian Films Of The Year
December 5, 2012
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This country produces a lot of amazing movies every year.

Picking the ten best is probably tough. But it's also important: it brings more attention to the high quality films that come out of this country each year.

And that's the idea behind the Toronto International Film Festival's Top Ten. According to TIFF, the Top Ten is meant to celebrate greatness in our film industry, and to raise global awareness of Canadian cinema.

Every year since since 2001, TIFF has made their picks for the ten best Canadian feature films and ten best Canadian shorts.

"The 2012 lineup champions the works of familiar faces as well as emerging talent - all of whose stellar filmmaking achievements shape the Canadian film community," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer at TIFF.

The films were chosen by a panel of filmmakers, journalists and industry professionals.

Which films are considered for the Top Ten? Well, the basic criteria state that "each film must have premiered at a major film festival or obtained a commercial release in Canada in 2012," and the filmmaker "must be a Canadian citizen or resident, and have a history of working in Canada or on Canadian-financed films."

Here's the list of TIFF's Top Ten Canadian Feature Films for 2012 (in alphabetical order):

Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg (Entertainment One Films)
The End of Time, Peter Mettler (Mongrel Media, National Film Board)
Goon, Michael Dowse (Alliance Films)
Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan (Alliance Films)
Midnight's Children, Deepa Mehta (Mongrel Media)
My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Sean Garrity (Phase 4 Films)
Rebelle, Kim Nguyen (Mongrel Media)
Still, Michael McGowan (Mongrel Media)
Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley (Mongrel Media, NFB)
The World Before Her, Nisha Pahuja (KinoSmith)

We've had some of the people who made Top Ten films in the red chair this year.

Check out our special episode dedicated to Cosmopolis, featuring interviews with director David Cronenberg and stars Sarah Gadon, Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti, below:



We also had Xavier Dolan in to chat about 'Laurence Anyways', whether he succeeded at such an early age just to make the rest of us feel bad, and his time as a child actor in Quebec:

Deepa Mehta was in the red chair recently to talk about 'Midnight's Children', collaborating with Salman Rushdie, and how working in the arts has shielded her from racism:

We also spoke to two stars of 'Goon', Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill (Jay also co-wrote the script). They met on the set of the movie, and now they're engaged:

Here's the list of this year's Top Ten Short Films, as chosen by TIFF:

Bydlo, Patrick Bouchard (NFB)
Chef de meute (Herd Leader), Chloé Robichaud (Locomotion Distribution)
Crackin' Down Hard, Mike Clattenburg
Kaspar, Diane Obomsawin (NFB)
Ne crâne pas sois modeste (Keep a Modest Head), Deco Dawson (Microclimat Films Inc.)
Lingo, Bahar Noorizadeh
Malody, Phillip Barker
Old Growth, Tess Girard
Reflexions, Martin Thibaudeau (Locomotion Distribution)
Paparmane (Wintergreen), Joëlle Desjardins Paquette (Locomotion Distribution)

Haven't seen all these awesome Canadians films yet? Don't worry.

All the movies will play at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto during the Top Ten Festival, which runs from January 4 to 13, 2013. If you're in the city, the ten-day fest is a great way to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Part of the Festival is a Mavericks session with Sarah Polley. On Saturday, January 5 at 3:30 pm, she'll talk about 'Stories We Tell,' the documentary that TIFF chose as one of the Top Ten films of the year.

And if you're in another part of the country, you may still be able to catch some of these movies in the theatre. Selected films will tour major cities across Canada, including Vancouver's Pacific Cinematheque, Edmonton's Metro Cinema and Montreal's PHI Centre.

Related:

Who's Next? TIFF 2012 Announces Features By First-Time Canadian Directors

Filmmaking 101: Break into TIFF, Meet Harvey Weinstein

10 Reasons To Go To TIFF 2012

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