Toronto International Film Festival announces 2022 Award categories

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August 29, 2022

Toronto International Film Festival announces 2022 Award categories

People’s Choice, IMDbPro Short Cuts, Canada Goose Amplify Voices, and Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Awards

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.”


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 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.


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.


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.


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.

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About TIFF
TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival® in September; TIFF Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and the innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $200 million CAD. TIFF Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel, and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, and RBC. For more information, visit

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, Visa, and BVLGARI®, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

TIFF is grateful for the generous support of the 2022 festival from the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario and Telefilm Canada.

TIFF is grateful to IMDbPro for their generous support of IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards for Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and the Share Her Journey Award for best film by a woman.

The TIFF Tribute Award for Performance is generously sponsored by IMDbPro.

TIFF gratefully acknowledges Canada Goose for its support of the Amplify Voices Awards.

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