Awards

TUFF films are selected by a guest jury. The jury is also responsible for selecting many of the TUFF awards each year. Finally, the top awards of the festival are chosen by a special guest judge.

TUFF 2014: 1st PLACE

Minispectacles Trio by Maarit Suomi-Väänänen

Award for 1st Place is selected by TUFF Guest Judge Guy Maddin.

The award comes with...

  • $3000 cash

Sponsors: TUFF

TUFF 2014: 2nd PLACE

The Moon Cried by John Nobrega and Lucero Milchorena

Award for 2nd Place is selected by TUFF Guest Judge Guy Maddin.

The award comes with...

  • $2000 cash

Sponsors: TUFF

TUFF 2014: 3rd PLACE

Télescopage by Philippe Allard

Award for 3rd Place is selected by TUFF Guest Judge Guy Maddin.

The award for 3rd Place comes with...

  • $1000 cash

Sponsors: TUFF

TUFF 2014: NAISH MCHUGH AWARD FOR EMERGING TORONTO FILMMAKERS

Recreate by Krusan Sivanayagam

Naish McHugh Award is selected by TUFF Guest Guy Maddin.

The award comes with...

  • $2,500 cash

Sponsors: City of Toronto

The winning film will take an inspired view of the city of Toronto, reflecting its unique qualities. To qualify for the award, candidates must live or work in the Greater Toronto Area, and have publicly screened no more than 6 film or video works. Founded by the Toronto Film & Television Office (TFTO); this award is named after the city of Toronto's first Film Commissioner.

TUFF 2014: MOST AMBITIOUS FILM BY A LOCAL FEMALE DIRECTOR

CHOMP by Rebeca Ortiz & Sai Xu

This award is selected by programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • (1) one-year membership to WIFT-T ($200 value); WIFT-T programming pass ($1,200 value); (1) Inside Out Festival Benefactor Membership ($540 value)

Sponsors: Women in Film and Television TorontoInside Out Festival

TUFF 2014: VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD

James by Jonah Haber

Awarded to the film that receives the most online votes during the 2014 festival. 

The Award comes with...

  • $1000 cash; (1) Permanent license for Toon Boom 'Storyboard Pro' ($999 value)

Sponsors: TUFF; Toon Boom Animation

TUFF 2014: BEST ANIMATED FILM

Foxed! by James Stewart & Kennedy Zielke

Best Animated Film is selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • (1) Inside Out Festival Benefactor Membership ($540 value); (1) Permanent license for Toon Boom 'Harmony' ($4999 value)

Sponsors: Inside Out FestivalToon Boom Animation

TUFF 2014: BEST COMEDY

Candy Crime by Ben Jacobson

Best Comedy is selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

• (1) SONY 'Vegas Pro 13' ($600 value)

​Sponsors: Sony Creative Software

TUFF 2014: DRAKE AWARD FOR BEST LOCAL FILM

The Lonely Monster by Philip Leung & Jerome Skeete

Best Local Film selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • Complimentary reception and screening in the Drake's 'Underground' to support the launch of a new film/project, and two night's accommodation at the hotel; ($4000 value); $750 Whites Interactive Rental

Sponsors: The Drake Hotel; Whites Interactive

TUFF 2014: BEST NARRATIVE FILM

Clock by Teymour Ghaderi

Best Narrative Film is selected by programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • (1) Red Giant 'Effects Suite' ($500 value); (1) Red Giant 'Plural Eyes' ($200 value)

Sponsors: Red Giant Software

TUFF 2014: BEST DOCUMENTARY

child labour by Mohamad Reza Keivanfar

Best Documentary is selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • (1) Red Giant 'Colour Suite' ($600 value)

Sponsors: Red Giant Software

TUFF 2014: BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER

Happy Birthday by Maxim Moskalev

Best Emerging Filmmaker is selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

• (1) LIFT $200 Workshop Voucher; (1) Sony 'Vegas Pro 13' ($600 value) ​

Sponsors: Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT); Sony Creative Software

TUFF 2014: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Oh When the Saints: Sacrament and Dissolution by Benjamin Rosenthal

Best Experimental Film/Video selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • (1) SONY 'Vegas Pro 13' ($600 value)

Sponsors: Sony Creative Software

TUFF 2014: CANADIAN URBANISM AWARD

Intersection by Julia Krolik & Owen Fernley

Canadian Urbanism Award is selected by programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • 1-year subscription to Spacing Magazine and a Spacing prize pack worth $250 plus promotion of the winning film through Spacing blogs and social media networks; (1) Hot Docs Festival 10-pack ($125 value)

Sponsors: Spacing Magazine; Hot Docs Festival

TUFF 2014: TORONTO LENS AWARD

This Town of Toronto... (excerpt) by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

Toronto Lens Award selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  • (2) Images All-Access Passes (150 value)

Sponsors: Images Festival

TUFF 2014: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Minispectacles Along (Too TUFF) by Maarit Suomi-Väänänen

Special Jury Prize is selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  •  (1) SONY 'Vegas Pro 13' ($600 value)

Sponsors: Sony Creative Software

TUFF 2014: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Cue Ball Ascending by Duke Redbird

Special Jury Prize is selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

The award comes with...

  •  (2) imagineNATIVE 15th Anniversary ticket packages, (1) Hot Docs 10-pack ($125 value)

Sponsors: imagineNATIVE Festival; Hot Docs Festival