TORONTO — After ten days and over 300 films several awards were passed out. Here are the highlights and the TIFF winners 2014.

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The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury for the 23rd year. The jury members consisted of jury president Dana Linssen (Netherlands), Marco Lombardi (Italy), Ola Salwa (Poland), Télesphore Mba Bizo (Cameroun), Jorge Gutman (Canada) and Thom Ernst (Canada).

Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations was awarded to Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND. The jury remarked, “For Oren Moverman’s sensitive and human depiction of homelessness, and Richard Gere’s remarkable performance, the FIPRESCI jury is pleased to grant the Special Presentations prize to Time Out of Mind.”

Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery program was awarded to Abd Al Malik for MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE! (Qu’Allah bénisse la France!) The jury remarked, “The FIPRESCI jury is pleased to grant the Discovery prize for a story of a youth displaced in their own country, struggling to find the balance between chaos and serenity, on the strength of art, music and human spirit. While the startling cinematography is purely black and white, the director Abd Al Malik managed to show the different shades of grey in his daring debut. Félicitations.”

As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere went to Shonali Bose for MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW. Jury members included Lekha Shankar (India), Hannah Fisher (China) and Anderson Le (Hawaii). The jury remarked, “Margarita, with a Straw is both universal and groundbreaking. Director Shonali Bose and actress Kalki Koechlin have jointly created a character and a world that embody a love letter to life, with all its highs and lows, in spite of overwhelming physical limitations.”

This year marked the 37th year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favorite Festival film, with the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This year’s award went to Morten Tyldum for THE IMITATION GAME. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch. The first runner up was Isabel Coixet’s LEARNING TO DRIVE. The second runner up was Theodore Melfi’s ST. VINCENT (AKA the Bill Murray wants an Oscar movie).

The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award went to Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement for WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. The film follows three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles — like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. First runner up was Kevin Smith for TUSK and the second runner up was Jalmari Helander for BIG GAME.

The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award went to Hajooj Kuka for BEATS OF THE ANTONOV which follows refugees from the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan as they survive displacement and the trauma of civil war. Music, a cornerstone of their traditions and identity, becomes itself a vehicle for survival. First runner up was David Thorpe’s DO I SOUND GAY? and the second runner up was Ethan Hawke’s SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION.

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