Tribute Awards

TIFF '24

Tribute Awards

“I’m so inspired by Viola Desmond and her sister Wanda, and their incredible fortitude and power… and the fact that through this event tonight, you are helping raise money for people who have dreams…. This money is going to say to them, ‘I give you this opportunity because I want you to take it,’ and you’re helping make that happen.”
— Patricia Arquette, recipient of the 2023 TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award

The TIFF Tribute Awards is an annual fundraiser to support both TIFF’s year-round programming and the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. Honouring entertainment’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, the event recognizes leading industry members, actors, directors, new talent, and below-the-line artists and creators. In 2024, all net proceeds will support Every Story Fund, dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in film.

More information on the 2024 TIFF Tribute Awards and this year’s honourees to follow in the coming weeks.

For inquiries about the 2024 TIFF Tribute Awards, please contact development@tiff.net.


2023 TIFF Tribute Award recipients

Colman Domingo
TIFF Tribute Award for Performance
Spike Lee
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Vicky Krieps
TIFF Tribute Award for Performance
Łukasz Żal
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Carolina Markowicz
TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by MGM
Patricia Arquette
TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award presented by BVLGARI
Pedro Almodóvar
Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media presented by Participant
Shawn Levy
TIFF Norman Jewison Career Achievement Award presented by The Budman Family
Andy Lau
TIFF Special Tribute Award


2022 TIFF Tribute Award recipients

Ensemble My Policeman
TIFF Tribute Award for Performance presented by Polestar
Sam Mendes
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Brendan Fraser
TIFF Tribute Award for Performance presented by IMDbPro
Hildur Guðnadóttir
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Sally El Hosaini
TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by MGM
Michelle Yeoh
TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award presented by BVLGARI
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media presented by Participant


2021 TIFF Tribute Award recipients

Jessica Chastain
TIFF Tribute Actor Award supported by the Tory Family
Benedict Cumberbatch
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Denis Villeneuve
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Alanis Obomsawin
Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media supported by Participant
Danis Goulet
TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by L’Oréal Paris and supported by MGM
Ari Wegner
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Dionne Warwick
TIFF Special Tribute Award


2020 TIFF Tribute Award recipients

Kate Winslet
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Sir Anthony Hopkins
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Chloé Zhao
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Terence Blanchard
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Tracey Deer
TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by L'Oréal Paris and supported by MGM
Mira Nair
Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media supported by Participant


2019 TIFF Tribute Award recipients

Meryl Streep
TIFF Tribute Actor Award sponsored by RBC
Joaquin Phoenix
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Taika Waititi
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Roger Deakins
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Mati Diop
TIFF Emerging Talent Award supported by MGM (formerly TIFF Mary Pickford Award)
Participant
TIFF Impact Award (accepted by Jeff Skoll and David Linde)
David Foster
TIFF Special Tribute