The winner will be announced at the 16th annual TFCA Awards, a gala dinner held in
at the Carlu on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award will be presented by actor/writer/director Don McKellar, whose own awards include three Genies, a Tony—and the TFCA honour for Best Canadian Film for his 1998 feature directing debut, Last Night. Once again, the event will be hosted by Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Toronto
"We are enormously grateful to
for taking such a bold initiative,” said TFCA President Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean’s. “This exemplary cash prize gives our cinema pride of place at the country's top tier of arts awards. It represents a tremendous vote of confidence in Canadian filmmakers, and in the discerning role that Rogers 's robust community of film critics can play in recognizing and rewarding brilliance." Toronto
The TFCA also welcomes three new sponsors: Manulife Financial, Cineplex Media, and Shangri-la Hotel.
The Manulife Financial Student Film Award will carry a $5,000 cash prize, presented to a short film that the critics will select from student entries submitted by film programs at
Humber College, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and . York University
Deluxe will sponsor the TFCA’s Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, presenting a cheque for $5,000 plus an equivalent value in post-production services.
The TFCA is extremely grateful to founding sponsor Rogers Communications Inc, and welcomes back its returning sponsors: Maclean’s magazine, the Globe and Mail, Moet & Chandon, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Cineplex Entertainment, Deluxe, MacLaren McGill and the Carlu.
The TFCA Awards gala will take place in the art-deco Round Room of the historic Carlu, with cuisine provided by chef Mark McEwan, whose career has ranged from the stellar kitchen of North 44 to his current role as head judge on TV’s Top Chef Canada.
The TFCA honours films, directors, writers and actors in the main Oscar categories. The full slate of TFCA Awards, as voted by the members, will be announced in a press release on Tuesday, December 18, 2012—with the exception of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. The three finalists for that prize will be announced Dec. 18, with the winner being revealed at the awards dinner Jan 8, 2013.
Please note: under the TFCA’s guidelines, contenders eligible for the awards include films released in
Toronto in 2012 plus films that qualify for the 2012 Oscars and have a release scheduled by the end of February 2013. Toronto