Audience Awards

Exercise your right to vote!

To access our brand new online voting system scan the QR code on this slide 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. For digital screenings, Cinesend will allow you to submit a rating from 1-5 stars for every film you watch from May 25 to June 4.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “I’m the king of the world!” (Titanic, 1997)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “You’ve got talent, girl!  (School of Rock, 2003)

⭐⭐⭐ – “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” (Casablanca, 1942)

⭐⭐ – “We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time.” (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, 1987)

– “You’re a wanker, number nine!” (Imagine Me & You, 2005)

WINNER: I Used To Be Funny, Director: Ally Pankiw

Sponsored by eOne

This $3,000 cash award will be presented to the audience’s favourite feature-length film.

WINNER: Leilani’s Fortune, Director: Loveleen Kaur

Sponsored by eOne

This $3,000 cash award will be presented to the audience’s favourite feature-length documentary film.

WINNER: Apayauq, Director: Zeppelin Zeerip

Sponsored by eOne

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.

WINNER: Supporting Out Selves, Director: Lulu Wei

Sponsored by Warner Access Media

This $3,500 cash award is presented to an established Canadian artist for their feature-length narrative or documentary film.

In-Kind contribution: $5,000 package from Keslow Camera

WINNER: Karimah Zakia Issa, Director of Scaring Women at Night

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.

WINNER: Adore, Director: Beth Warrian

Sponsored by DGC National 

This $2,500 cash award is presented to a Canadian filmmaker for their short-form narrative or documentary film.

International Juried Awards

WINNER: Almamula, Director: Juan Sebastián Torales

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. Past winners of this award include Sophie Hyde for 52 Tuesdays and Andrew Ahn for Spa Night. This award was originally established through the generosity of Bill Ostrander.

Leadership Circle Award

WINNER: Payman Maadi, Opponent (Motstandaren)

Sponsored by Daydream

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 4, 2022, 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 sponsored by Netflix.

Production package contributors: EP Canada