12 Years a Slave, based on an 1853 memoir of a free black man sold into slavery, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.
The film, by Grenadian director Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, took home the BlackBerry People’s Choice award.
Other big winners were:
- ‘When Jews Were Funny’ a documentary by Alan Zweig won the best Canadian feature $30,000 prize.
- ‘Asphalt Watches’ an animated movie by Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver won the $15,000 prize for best first Canadian feature.
The awards were handed out Sunday at an annual brunch gala marking the end of the 11-day movie marathon, which included new films from Tommy Oliver – ‘1982’