2012 TIFF CAST Awards Announcement

Last January after com­pil­ing the second annual CAST Awards, my lovely wife Brooke gave me an idea. I’d been com­plain­ing that films that I see at TIFF some­times fall between the cracks because I might vote for them in the year I saw them at the fest­ival, while they may not actu­ally get released the­at­ric­ally until the fol­low­ing year. Simple, she said. Why not do a spe­cial edi­tion of the awards just after TIFF? So that’s just what I’ve done.

Here are the CAST Top 10 based on the votes of 18 sub­mit­ted bal­lots. Voters ranked up to 10 films on their bal­lot from top to bot­tom, with first choices receiv­ing 10 points, second choices 9, etc. The Points column lists the total score for each film, Mentions indic­ates how many voters included it in their Top Ten, Average is the aver­age point score, and Firsts shows how many voters chose it as their favour­ite TIFF film.

In the case of points ties, the film with the higher num­ber of first-place votes is lis­ted first, then by num­ber of men­tions. Because our sample size is quite small, these “rank­ings” don’t actu­ally mean much, but I thought it would give a good idea of what this par­tic­u­lar group of fest­ival­go­ers enjoyed this year. I’m curi­ous to see how many of these show up in our reg­u­lar year-end CAST bal­lot and how they do.

1. The Master 50 8 6.25 0
2. Sightseers 47 8 5.75 1
3. Amour 35 4 8.75 3
4. Berberian Sound Studio 34 5 6.8 1
5. Ghost Graduation 32 6 5.33 0
6. Cloud Atlas 32 5 6.4 0
7. Stories We Tell 30 3 10 3
8. Blancanieves 30 4 7.5 1
9. Leviathan 26 3 8.67 2
10. Frances Ha 26 5 5.2 0


Here is a PDF with each person’s bal­lot and the full col­lated res­ults, with a few more inter­est­ing stats included.

And for those still read­ing, here is my final TIFF CAST bal­lot:


  1. Blancanieves (review)
  2. The Fifth Season
  3. The Color of the Chameleon (review)
  4. Berberian Sound Studio
  5. Room 237 (review)
  6. Something in the Air
  7. Tower (review)
  8. Eat Sleep Die (review)
  9. The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (review)
  10. Painless
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