‘Anne at 13,000 Ft’ wins $100,000 Canadian film prize from Toronto film critics


TORONTO — The Toronto Film Critics Association has given “Anne at 13,000 Ft” this year’s $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

The drama from writer-director Kazik Radwanski stars Deragh Campbell as a daycare worker trying to find her place in life.

The film took the honour — billed as the richest annual film prize in Canada — in a live YouTube presentation that substituted for the usual in-person gala.

The runners-up, who received $5,000, went to director Louise Archambault for “And the Birds Rained Down” and jointly to “White Lie” co-directors Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas.

Other awards winners included “Black Bodies” director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, who took the Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist

Jason Ryle, outgoing executive director of the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, won the Clyde Gilmour Award.

The TFCA says that honour “recognizes a Canadian industry figure who has made a substantial and outstanding contribution to the advancement and/or history of Canadian cinema.”

Mark Hanson and Rose Ho shared the Cineplex Entertainment Emerging Critic Award.

The one-hour online gala also featured virtual acceptance speeches from previously announced winners for this year’s TFCA awards, including “Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao, whose drama was declared best picture.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 10, 2021.

The Canadian Press