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TIFF Announces “Canada’s Top Ten”

TIFF Announces "Canada's Top Ten"

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) revealed the top 10 best features and top 10 best short films of 2010 last night at the 10th annual Canada’s Top Ten industry event. Established in 2001, Canada’s Top Ten celebrates “excellence in Canadian cinema and raises public awareness of Canadian achievements in film.”

The winners included Lixin Fan’s “Last Train Home,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies,” Richard J. Lewis’s “Barney’s Version,” Bruce McDonald’s “Trigger,” and Xavier Dolan’s “Les Amours imaginaires.”

“For the past decade, Canada’s Top Ten has championed homegrown success, offering filmmakers a platform for recognition and a stage for trailblazing future film trends,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO,TIFF. “We are proud to announce such a powerful and impressive list of features and short films.”

“The 2010 lineup showcases an eclectic mix of films that represents the wide range of cinematic productions in our country,” added Steve Gravestock, Associate Director of Canadian Programming, TIFF. “This year’s Top Ten list includes both familiar faces and new filmmakers whose works are galvanizing the Canadian film scene.”

A panel discussion and public screenings featuring introductions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers will run from January 20 to February 1, 2011 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Select films will tour cities across Canada in early 2011, including Vancouver’s Pacific Cinematheque and Ottawa’s Canadian Film Institute.

Canada’s Top Ten feature film selections for 2010 (in alphabetical order):

Les Amours imaginaires – Xavier Dolan (Alliance Films)

Barney’s Version – Richard J. Lewis (Entertainment One)

Curling – Denis Cote (Mongrel Media)

The High Cost of Living – Deborah Chow (Filmoption)

Incendies – Denis Villeneuve (Entertainment One)

Last Train Home – Lixin Fan (Kinosmith)

MODRA – Ingrid Veninger (Mongrel Media)

Splice – Vincenzo Natali (Entertainment One)

Trigger – Bruce McDonald (Entertainment One)

Trois temps apres la mort d’Anna – Catherine Martin (K Films)

A scene from Jerome Sable’s “The Legend of the Beaver Dam.” Image courtesy of Ouat Media.

Canada’s Top Ten short film selections for 2010 (in alphabetical order):

Above the Knee — Greg Atkins

Les Fleurs de l’Age — Vincent Biron

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors — Ann Marie Fleming (NFB)

The Legend of Beaver Dam — Jerome Sable (Ouat Media)

The Little White Cloud That Cried — Guy Maddin

Lipsett Diaries — Theodore Ushev (NFB)

Marius Borodine — Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais (Travelling Distribution)

Mokhtar — Halima Ouardiri (EyesteelFilm)

On the Way to the Sea — Tao Gu

Vapor — Kaveh Nabatian (Locomotion)

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