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TIFF 2007: The Award-Winners

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Roger Ebert with his "star" -- outside Dusty Cohl's annual Floating Film Festival Chinese dinner in Toronto. (photo by Jim Emerson -- with Kim Robesons's camera)

I've got several planes backed up on the runway (and by that I mean movies to write about lined up in my head) from this year's Toronto Film Festival -- plus a couple posts' worth of photos -- but for now, here are the official TIFF 2007 award winners. I'll have a list of the best of my fest soon. Now I gotta catch a plane...

Audience Award: "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg, Canada/USA). My review here. Roger Ebert's here. Runners up: "Juno" (Jason Reitman), "Body of War" (2008) (Phil Donohue and Ellen Spiro).

FIPRESCI International Critics Award: “La Zona” (Rodrigo Pia)

CityTV Award for Best First Canadian Film: "Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil" (Continental, A Film Without Guns) (Stephane Lafleur)

Artistic Innovation Award: "Encarnación" (Anahí Berneri)

Diesel Discovery Award: “Cochochi" (Israel Cardernas and Laura Amelia Guzman)

Toronto City Award: "My Winnepeg" (Guy Maddin)

Roger Ebert's dispatch about all the TIFF 2007 awards is here.

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