TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® is delighted to announce its Award categories for 2022. All awards will be announced on September 18 at an Awards Breakfast at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Details to follow in the coming weeks.
“Awards are a part of the film industry’s ecosystem, and TIFF’s annual awards are committed to celebrating creativity, originality, and authentic voices and stories,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO. “Year over year we come together to celebrate all voices in film, and this year will be no different.”
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
A longstanding tradition at TIFF, the People’s Choice Award is celebrating its 45th year, and TIFF’s audience members are encouraged to vote for their favourite films online via tiff.net. All feature films in TIFF’s Official Selection are eligible for this Award. TIFF has two other Awards also voted on by the audience: the People’s Choice Documentary Award and the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award.
IMDbPro SHORT CUTS AWARDS
The 2022 IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards are for Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and the Share Her Journey Award for best film by a woman. Each winning film will receive a bursary of $10,000 CAD and a one-year membership to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, to help them continue achieving success in their careers. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, IMDbPro empowers entertainment professionals to discover new talent and projects and has an ongoing commitment to supporting and collaboratively working with organizations that create greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry, including TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign.
AMPLIFY VOICES AWARDS PRESENTED BY CANADA GOOSE
Canada Goose embraces diversity in all its forms and definitions, including the technique and passion that transports storytelling to the screen. This year, Canada Goose will present the Amplify Voices Awards to the three best feature films by under-represented filmmakers. Feature films in Official Selection by BIPOC and Canadian filmmakers were eligible for these Awards, and the three winners will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each, made possible by Canada Goose.
SHAWN MENDES FOUNDATION CHANGEMAKER AWARD
Presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, the 2022 Changemaker Award is given to a Festival film that tackles issues of social change and comes with a $10,000 cash prize. The winning film will be selected by TIFF’s Next Wave Committee, a group of young film lovers who recognize cinema’s power to transform the world. The Shawn Mendes Foundation will also be making an annual contribution in support of TIFF Next Wave, helping TIFF deliver key initiatives to elevate young voices.