TUFF Awards Gala
The festival is held during the same time period that the Toronto International Film Festival takes place but there’s a huge difference. TUFF films are a mere 1 minute long and completely silent. For two weeks they played on Pattison screens located within the TTC’s subway system.
The presentations took place with a packed house of filmmakers, fans and friends of the festival.
The top three TUFF films were selcted by Jennifer Baichwal, the guest judge. Baichwal is known for her recent film Manufacturing Landscapes, Payback based on Margaret Atwood’s book.
The top winner of the festival was Nichlas Loess of Guelf for 24 Progressive. Marina Manushenko of Toronto won second place for Amid Nature and Ben Fox of London, UK took third for That Healing Feeling.
The winner of the Nash McHugh Award for Emerging Toronto Filmmakers went to Ramya Jegatheesan and Althea Manasan for Footprints, which was also the winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award.
On Monday the winning films will be screened Pattison Onestop’s platform screens across the city’s subway system.
Best International Film-Touch, Angelo van de Weil of the Netherlands
Best Animation-Cosmos by Romanian Octavian Fedorovici
Canadian Urbanism Award- Pinwheel by Torontorian Stephanie Kervin
WIFT Award for Most Ambitious Film by a female director- Yeti by Eva Zhou of Toronto
Jury Prize for Documentary-Choose Not to Fall by Matthew Marsh of the UK
Jury Prize for Experimental Film- It Takes Courage by Brooklyn’s Greg Gilpatrick
Toronto Lens Award- Bboy Brothers by Toronto’s Haley Ma, Wei Ming and Yuan Wei Dong
The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Luke Sargent of Toronto for Concrete Reverie