2013 TIFF CAST Awards Announcement

For the second year running, I’ve compiled a special edition of the CAST Awards, just based on what people saw during the Toronto International Film Festival. Here are the CAST Top 10 based on the votes of 27 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 highest average score. 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. 12 Years a Slave 65 9 7.22 3
2. The Strange Little Cat 63 7 9.0 3
3. Under the Skin 58 8 7.25 0
4. Gravity 49 6 8.17 2
5. Blue Ruin 49 9 5.44 1
6. Only Lovers Left Alive 45 7 6.43 0
7. Blue is the Warmest Colour 39 7 5.57 1
8. Manakamana 32 5 6.4 0
9. The Double 32 6 5.33 0
10. Oculus 31 4 7.75 1


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. There are only 9 films because that’s all I was able to see this year:


  1. Club Sandwich
  2. The Strange Little Cat
  3. The Square
  4. Under the Skin
  5. Young and Beautiful
  6. A Field in England
  7. Only Lovers Left Alive
  8. The Wonders
  9. Love is the Perfect Crime
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