2016 TIFF CAST Awards Announcement

For the fifth 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 24 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.

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins
La La Land - Damien ChazelleToni Erdmann - Maren Ade
Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth LonerganPaterson - Jim JarmuschCertain Women - Kelly Reichardt
Colossal - Nacho VigalondoNocturnal Animals - Tom FordPersonal Shopper - Olivier AssayasThe Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki - Juho Kuosmanen

FILM TITLE
POINTS
MENTIONS
AVERAGE
FIRSTS
1. Moonlight 104 12 8.67 7
2. La La Land 75 9 8.33 4
3. Toni Erdmann 72 10 7.2 2
4.Manchester By The Sea 57 8 7.1 1
5. Paterson 37 5 7.4 0
6. Certain Women 37 6 6.2 9
7. Colossal 34 4 8.5 2
8. Nocturnal Animals 33 4 8.25 1
9. Personal Shopper 32 6 5.3 0
10. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki 31 4 7.8 0

Participants:

Here is a PDF (106K) 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 saw a total of 12 films this year:

My TIFF CAST Ballot

  1. Moonlight
  2. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
  3. The Giant
  4. Blue Jay
  5. Into the Inferno
  6. Planetarium
  7. Things to Come
  8. ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail
  9. Orphan
  10. Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee
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