Jojo Rabbit wins People's Choice Award at TIFF

Sep 15 2019, 12:12 pm

The red carpets have been rolled up and the celebrities have returned home, marking an end of the 44th-edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

To conclude this year’s festivities, Cameron Bailey, TIFF Co-Head and Artistic Director and Joana Vicente, TIFF Co-Head and Executive Director, announced this year’s slate of awards on Sunday.

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“TIFF 2019 was a stellar year,” said Bailey and Vicente. “The films and talent featured in this year’s Festival have left us inspired, awestruck, and excited for the future of cinema.”

This year’s winner of the prestigious Grolsch People’s Choice Award was presented to Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, a daring, touching, and comedic satire about a young German boy who discovers a Jewish girl hiding in his home and consults with his imaginary best friend, Adolf Hitler.

Based on the buzz generated online alone from this film, it’s clear that Jojo Rabbit is worth checking out once it’s released in theatres on October 18, 2019.

A full breakdown of the awards, judges, and comments is available here, but other major award winners included:

IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film
Chloé Robichaud for Delphine.

IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film
Lasse Linder for All Cats Are Grey in the Dark.

City Of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film
Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century

Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film
Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone

Netpac Award
Oualid Mouaness’ 1982

Grolsch People’s Choice Award
Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
Feras Fayyad, The Cave

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