2015 TIFF CAST Awards Announcement

For the fourth year in a row, 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 29 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.

Anomalisa - Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
Green Room - Jeremy SaulnierVictoria - Sebastian Schipper
Room - Lenny AbrahamsonThe Witch - Robert EggersMen & Chicken - Anders Thomas Jensen
Beasts of No Nation - Cary FukunagaLouder Than Bombs - Joachim TrierSicario - Denis VilleneuveSpotlight - Tom McCarthy

1. Anomalisa 106 15 7.07 4
2. Green Room 63 10 6.3 2
3. Victoria 59 9 6.56 2
4. Room 46 8 5.75 1
5. The Witch 42 8 5.25 0
6. Men & Chicken 37 5 7.4 1
7. Beasts of No Nation 37 5 7.4 0
8. Louder Than Bombs 37 5 7.4 0
9. Sicario 37 6 6.17 0
10. Spotlight 36 5 7.2 1


Here is a PDF (95K) 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. I only saw 8 films and only 6 of those would qualify for my “Top Ten”:


  1. Chevalier
  2. Louder Than Bombs
  3. The Witch
  4. Homesick
  5. Men & Chicken
  6. Kill Your Friends
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