Audience Awards

Exercise your right to vote!

Scan the QR code during the pre-show or at the cinema exit following the screening.  If you require assistance submitting your vote you can speak to one of our volunteers following the film. 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- “I hear nothing, not even a sound on the streets of New York. Just the beat of my own heart.” (You’ve Got Mail, 1998)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Kiss me. Now. In front of all these people.” (Saving Face, 2004)

⭐⭐⭐ – “You know you’re really pretty good!” (Chicago, 2002)

⭐⭐- “It’s the ones you love the most who always disappoint you in the end.” (Love Lies Bleeding, 2024)

⭐- “Surely you can’t be serious!” (Airplane!, 1980)

Sponsored by Paramount+

This $2,500 cash award will be presented to the audience’s favourite feature-length film.

Sponsored by Paramount+

This $2,500 cash award will be presented to the audience’s favourite feature-length documentary film.

Sponsored by Paramount+

This $1,000 cash award is presented to the audience’s favourite film within a shorts program.

Canadian Juried Awards

Canadian works completed in the last 18 months and screening at this year’s Festival are eligible for consideration by the jury.

Sponsored by DGC National

This $3,000 cash award is presented to an established Canadian artist for their feature-length narrative or documentary film.

Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

This award includes a cash prize of $5,000 from our Lead Sponsor, RBC. It will be presented to an early career Canadian filmmaker. The recipient must have directed no more than two fiction narrative short films or no more than one fiction narrative feature-length film.

Sponsored by Warner Brothers Discovery

This $2,000 cash award is presented to a Canadian filmmaker for their short-form narrative or documentary film.

International Juried Awards

Sponsored by NBC Universal 

This $3,000 cash award is presented to the International Jury’s selection for best film by a first-time feature director. 

Leadership Circle Award

This $1,000 cash award is presented by the Leadership Circle for the most outstanding performance by an actor in a feature-length narrative film.

Pitch, Please!

Sponsored by Netflix.

Our pitch competition will take place in person on June 1, 2024, at 2:00pm, as competitors from across the globe present a short, two-minute pitch to a jury and audience, with one winner taking home a $5,000 production grant.