Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival showcases the best Canadian films released in 2015 as selected by Canadian filmmakers and industry professionals. It started in 2001 by TIFF to highlight the best films Canada's has produced in the past year, and also to raise general awareness of the country's achievements in film. Short- and feature-length films directed by a Canadian citizen or resident, Canada as the official country of production on the film, and released commercially or played a major film festival in Canada are the criteria for eligibility.
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival runs at the Bell Lightbox in Toronto from Jan. 8 to 17. This year’s Top Ten is also offering a geographic twist, with simultaneous screenings in Vancouver’s The Cinematheque and Montreal’s PHI Centre, including simulcast introductions and interactive Q&A sessions with filmmakers. (Select screenings will also take place in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax and Ottawa.) Audience members at the (TIFF ) Toronto screenings will be able to vote for their favourite film in the People’s Choice Award. Canadian and Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland will be in the “In Conversation With...” event on Jan. 16 with TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey for a CV-spanning discussion at the Lightbox.
This year’s feature films are Closet Monster, Les Etres Cheres, Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room, Into the Forest, Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr, Sleeping Giant, The Demons, Ninth Floor and Hurt.