TORONTO 2001: Festival Ends Quietly With Awards Announcement

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

(indieWIRE/09.17.01) -- The Toronto International Film Festival concluded
quietly yesterday, in the wake of last week's tragedy in the United States.
After abandoning all festivities at the annual event (minus screenings)
the Festival closed with a Sunday press conference to announce the winners.
It also posted the honorees, as well as a statement, on its official

"Thank you for your unflagging support through this difficult week," said
Festival Director Piers Handling and Managing Director Michele Maheux in the prepared statement. "As the incomprehensible events of September 11, 2001
unfolded, we came together globally to grieve for and comfort our
neighbours, friends, colleagues, and their families in America and around
the world who were touched by the devastation. We found solace in each other,
occasionally losing ourselves in film. Together, we have continued to hope
and yet grieve with the rest of the world."

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Amelie" (Le Fabuleuz Destin D'Amelie Poulain) won
the annual People's Choice Award, while CheeK's "Chicken Rice War" was
chosen as the winner of the annual Discovery Award and Yamina Benguiui's
"Inch'Allah Dimanche" was selected as the winner of the FIPRESCI critics

Sean Garrity's "Inertia" was named the winner of the award for Best
Canadian First Feature and Zacharius Kunuk's "Atanarjuat" (The Fast Runner) won the Best Canadian Feature Film Award. The prize for Best Canadian Short
Film went to "Film(Ozama)" by Deco Dawson. [Eugene Hernandez]