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Seventh Toronto Arthouse Film Festival Award Winners Unveiled

Oct 24, 2022 - Last week, the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival was back for its 2022 edition consisting of 4 screening evenings. With an eclectic selection of 31 films by local and international talent, ranging from narrative films and documentaries to experimental gems and music videos, the festival proved to be a hit, welcoming many indie film enthusiasts.

Festival host and manager Maarten Cornelis could not be more pleased: “The 2022 Toronto Arthouse Film Festival was a great success! We were back at the FOX Theater for the 7th year in a row and had the biggest turnout since the festival was founded. This year's official selection, 31 movies picked out of the 2,500 movies sent to us, were received very enthusiastically by our audience. The movies took the audience from a mountain village in Iran, all the way to the “American Idol” stage. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, we were able to offer all events for free. In addition, we are so happy to announce that we will be back at the same location in 2023 and will be able to offer all events with free admission again. I am very excited for next year since I see TAFF growing and expect it to be an even bigger success. See you all in 2023!”

And now, TAFF is pleased to share with you the 2022 award winners as chosen by this year's jury panel:

Best Narrative Feature Film: Humanization (Sweden) by Giulio Musi

Best Documentary Feature Film: Nobody May Come (USA) by Ella Hatamian, Stiven Luka

Best Narrative Short Film: Idol (Australia) by Alex Wu

Best Documentary Short Film: The Prisoner (Poland) by Łukasz Gierańczyk, Filip Drzewiecki

Best Animated Film: Losing It (Austria) by Sascha Vernik

Best Experimental Film: This Desolate Shore (USA) by Chris Peters

Best Music Video: Vita Love (Canada) by Francis Luta

Best Dance Film: Once There Was III (USA) by Nina Mcneely

Best LGBTQ+ Film: I Love You Don't Leave Me (USA) by Alex Leombruno

Best Connecting Cultures Film: I Won’t Remain Alone (Iran) by Yaser Talebi

Best Canadian Film: The Universe According To Dan Buckley (Canada) by Roberto Santaguida

Congratulations to all!

Today, a new Call for Entries has been launched on FilmFreeway for the next edition, which will take place October 17-20, 2023. Submit your film now:


Do you have a personal vision? Are you a true independent filmmaker? Do you hate making compromises? The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival welcomes filmmakers who explore and develop new filmmaking conventions in their quest to realize their visions effectively on a limited budget. The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing innovative and exciting work by risk-taking filmmakers from around the world. Aesthetically and thematically varied, these films mark the arrival of exciting new directing talents.


Source: Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, Oct 24th 2022.


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