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 2016: 1st PRIZE

A NEW HOME by SPENCER RYERSON and PETER WIDDRINGTON, Toronto, Canada
Selected by TUFF Guest Judge Zaib Shaikh.

  • $3,000 from Pattison Onestop
  • Permanent license for Storyboard Pro software from Toon Boom Animation.

TUFF 2016: 2nd PRIZE

AUTUMN LEAVES by SAMAN HOSSEINPOUR, Sanandaj, Iran
Selected by TUFF Guest Judge Zaib Shaikh.

  • $1,500 from Pattison Onestop.

TUFF 2016: 3rd PRIZE

ELECTRIC DREAM CHUTE by WILLIAM ALLINSON, Toronto, Canada
Selected by TUFF Guest Zaib Shaikh.

  • $750 from Pattison Onestop

TUFF 2016: VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD

THE PRESENCE OF TIME by RAKIB BOBY, Mymensingh , Bangladesh.

Awarded to the film with the most online votes during the 2016 festival. 

  • $500 cash from Pattison Onestop.

TUFF 2016: MOST ORIGINAL FILM BY A LOCAL FEMALE DIRECTOR

 NO LIES by B.H. YAEL, Toronto, Canada

Selected by programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A 1-Year Associate Membership and a $1,200 Programming Pass from Women in Film and Television (WIFT)
  • 2 Benefactor Memberships from the Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival.

TUFF 2016: BEST ANIMATED FILM

UTOPIA by DANIEL ZAGÓRSKILodz, Poland.

Selected by TUFF programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • Harmony Pro software from Toon Boom Animation.

TUFF 2016: BEST COMEDY

DARE TO DREAM? by EUNSOO AHN, Etobicoke, Canada.

Selected by TUFF programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A permanent license for Harmony animation software from Toon Boom Animation.

TUFF 2016: BEST LOCAL FILM

HOPE by SALAR PASHTOONYAR, Toronto, Canada

Selected by TUFF programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A $1,500 grant for Lighting and Grip Equipment from William F White International.

  • A permanent license for Storyboard Pro software from Toon Boom Animation.

TUFF 2016: BEST NARRATIVE FILM

THE WALL by FARIDEH NADERI and TEYMOUR GHADERI, Sanandaj, Iran.

Selected by programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A permanent License for Vegas Pro 13 Suite editing software from Sony Creative Software

TUFF 2016: BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER

UNWANTED WAR  by JAIDEN DALBELLO, Toronto, Canada
Selected by TUFF programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A permanent License for Vegas Pro 13 Suite editing software from Sony Creative Software.

  • 2 All-Access passes from Images Festival.

TUFF 2016: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

RELICS OF LUMEN (EXCERPT) by IZABELLA PRUSKA-OLDENHOF, Toronto, Canada
Selected by TUFF programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A permanent License for Vegas Pro 13 Suite editing software from Sony Creative Software.

TUFF 2016: CANADIAN URBANISM AWARD

SCREENED FOR  by ELAINE WHITTAKER, JULIA KROLIK & OWEN FERNLEY

Selected by programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A Spacing Magazine gift pack, including a 1-yr subscription and $60 gift card.

  • Two 10-pack of festival tickets for Hot Docs.

TUFF 2016: TORONTO LENS AWARD

GOING BACK by JORDAN RANDALL, Toronto, Canada

Selected by TUFF programmers Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A $200.00 workshop voucher from the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).

  • 2 FINISHIT Screenwriting passes and 2 Filmmaker Sandbox passes from Raindance Toronto.

TUFF 2016: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

HANG ON – CARRY ON by MICHIEL VAANHOLDAmsterdam, Netherlands

Selected by TUFF programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A permanent License for Vegas Pro 13 Suite editing software from Sony Creative Software.

TUFF 2016: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

RINGING by ALICIA KRAWCHUKEdmonton, Canada

Selected by TUFF programmer Angie Driscoll and Sharon Switzer.

  • A permanent License for Vegas Pro 13 Suite editing software from Sony Creative Software..

TUFF 2016: HONOURABLE MENTION

FIREWORKS IN THE GHETTO by SHAY RIDDICK, Las Vegas, USA. 

Selected by TUFF Guest Judge Zaib Shaik.

  • Keying Suite from Red Giant Software.

TUFF 2016: HONOURABLE MENTION

ART by MYKYTA LYSKOV, Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Selected by TUFF Guest Zaib Shaikh.

  • Effects Suite from Red Giant Software.

TUFF 2016: HONOURABLE MENTION

THE MOMENT by AKILESH KATHAMUTHU, Chennai, India. 

Selected by TUFF Guest Judge Zaib Shaik.

  • Magic Bullet Suite from Red Giant Software.