TIFF 2015: Festival ends Sunday with awards, deals and buzz

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is coming to an end after nearly two weeks of famous faces, excited fans and most importantly — new flicks.

11-day event started off slow but a few movies have garnered some recognition in the final days

Stars turn out Saturday night for closing gala of 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2:51

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is coming to an end after nearly two weeks of famous faces, excited fans and most importantly — new flicks.  

On Sunday, the movie Room, which is based on a best-selling novel, won the People's Choice Award.

Winter on Fire, which is about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, took the Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award. 

Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig was awarded the inaugural Toronto Platform Prize for his movie Hurt about iconic Canadian runner Steve Fonyo. 

"The buzz was a little flat, the movies didn't really seem to be selling," said CBC's Eli Glasner, who's been covering the 11-day event. "As the festival begins to wrap up, that is now changing."

Anna Kendrick poses for the camera yesterday in Toronto to promote her movie Mr. Right, which was sold to distributors at the festival. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)
Two films in particular have garnered some positive attention lately. Mr. Right, which Glasner calls a "wacky romantic comedy" starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, got some buzz on the last weekend of the festival. That movie was sold to distributors.

There was also a bit of a bidding war for the sci-fi thriller Equals starring Kristen Stewart.

The film was reportedly bought for distribution for nearly $16 million, making it one of the most highly coveted films at the festival.

Some other noteworthy films that have made a splash with movie buffs at the festival include The Danish Girl and Spotlight.

Get the latest on what happened this year at TIFF by clicking on the video above for Glasner's report, which appeared on CBC's The National yesterday evening.


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