TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL CANCELS AWARDS CEREMONY
The audience award and juried competition winners will instead be announced via social media.
The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival for the first time will ditch its traditional, formal awards ceremony and opt to unveil its top audience award and juried competition winners via social media.
The People’s Choice Award winners, voted on by TIFF attendees, have traditionally been seen as Oscar frontrunners. But this year, festival organizers have opted for the speed of social media to get the word out about its prize winners Sunday. READ MORE
TORONTO CANCELS AWARDS CEREMONY, WILL ANNOUNCE WINNERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The Toronto Film Festival will not be holding a formal awards ceremony this year, instead announcing winners of its Grolsch People’s Choice Award and juried competitions via TIFF’s social media channels.
The Grolsch has been an Oscar Best Picture bellwether in the past, with winners out of TIFF including Green Book, The King’s Speech, 12 Years a Slave and American Beauty (to name a few) going on to win the movie awards season’s top prize. READ MORE
TIFF NAMES 2019 PLATFORM, FIPRESCI WINNERS, CANCELS SUNDAY AWARDS SHOW
TIFF on Thursday announced that Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden has won the 2019 Toronto Platform Prize and named two FIPRESCI winners as it cancelled Sunday’s upcoming awards ceremony in favour of announcing winners via social media and a press release.
A statement released on Thursday afternoon read, ”By the 10th and final day of the festival, many filmmakers have left the city, and TIFF made the decision to announce the remaining awards via press release and on social media channels on Sunday, September 15th. Capturing them on social media allows them to celebrate their award and for audiences to share the moment.” READ MORE