CAST

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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For the second year running, I’ve compiled a special edition of the CAST Awards, just based on what people saw during Hot Docs. Here are the CAST Top 10 based on the votes of 14 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 Hot Docs 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.

Tickled - David Farrier and Dylan Reeve
How To Build A Time Machine - Jay CheelTower - Keith Maitland
Life, Animated - Roger Ross WilliamsWeiner - Josh Kriegman and Elyse SteinbergContemporary Color - Bill Ross and Turner Ross
Credit for Murder -  Vladi AntoneviczNorman Lear: Just Another Version of You - Heidi Ewing and Rachel GradyLo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World - Werner HerzogThe Slippers - Morgan White


FILM TITLE
POINTS
MENTIONS
AVERAGE
FIRSTS
1. Tickled 70 10 7.00 3
2. How to Build a Time Machine 49 6 8.17 3
3. Tower 40 5 8.00 2
4. Life, Animated 38 5 7.60 2
5. Weiner 21 4 5.25 0
6. Contemporary Color 20 2 10.00 2
7. Credit for Murder 19 2 9.50 1
8. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 19 3 6.33 0
9. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 18 3 6.00 0
10. The Slippers 18 3 6.00 0

Participants:

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

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On behalf of the other members of the CAST junta, I’m very pleased to announce the results of the 6th edition of the CAST Awards. I received 41 completed ballots from film lovers in the Greater Toronto Area. Here are the CAST Top 25 voted from among all films that had a theatrical or festival release in Toronto during 2015. 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, the Mentions column indicates the number of ballots it appeared on, and the First column indicates the total number of voters who chose the film as their top choice. We are very proud of the group of critics we’ve gathered, even though I’ve described us elsewhere as “a ragtag group of semi-professional film bloggers, podcasters, tweeters and Lightbox lobby loiterers.” 170 different films (including at least two short films) received at least one mention this year.

Mad Max: Fury Road - George Miller
Carol - Todd HaynesEx Machina - Alex Garland
Inside Out - Pete Docter and Ronnie Del CarmenSpotlight - Tom McCarthyAnomalisa - Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
Sicario - Denis VilleneuveBrooklyn - John CrowleyMe and Earl and the Dying Girl - Alfonso Gomez-RejonRoom - Lenny Abrahamson

FILM TITLE
POINTS
MENTIONS
FIRST
1. Mad Max: Fury Road 131 16 4
2. Carol 120 21 2
3. Ex Machina 104 15 3
4. Inside Out 99 19 3
5. Spotlight 92 14 0
6. Anomalisa 69 10 2
7. Sicario 58 11 0
8. Brooklyn 41 6 1
9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 40 6 1
10. Room 39 6 1
11. The Martian 38 9 0
12. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 38 11 0
13. Son of Saul 36 6 2
14. Love and Peace 36 5 0
15. The Lobster 35 6 0
16. The Big Short 34 5 1
17. Steve Jobs 33 7 0
18. 45 Years 32 5 0
19. Men and Chicken 30 4 1
20. Phoenix 27 4 1
21. Tangerine 26 4 0
22. Girlhood 26 5 0
23. Clouds of Sils Maria 25 3 2
24. Magic Mike XXL 24 3 0
25. The Duke of Burgundy 23 3 1


Participants:

Here is a PDF (115K) with each person’s ballot and the collated results, with a few more interesting stats included.

I’m also very happy that the CASTcast returned this year. Listen as I try to wrangle Dave Voigt, Ryan McNeil, Hillary Butler, Jorge Ignacio Castillo, Corey Pierce, Norm McGlashan, and Heidy Morales as we talk about the year in film. Bob Turnbull turns in a cameo as the very generous bartender, too.

And for those still reading, here is my very own CAST ballot, with my top ten from 2015.

My CAST Ballot

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Tangerine
  3. Victoria
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Sicario
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. While We’re Young
  9. Diamond Tongues
  10. Results

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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

FILM TITLE
POINTS
MENTIONS
AVERAGE
FIRSTS
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

Participants:

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”:

My TIFF CAST Ballot

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

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As I was about to publish this today, it was announced that Charlotte Cook would be leaving her post as Director of Programming for Hot Docs after four festivals. I want to wish her well personally and professionally, and I’m looking forward to what the next few months has in store for my favourite local film festival.

For the very first time, I’ve compiled a special edition of the CAST Awards, just based on what people saw during Hot Docs. Here are the CAST Top 10 based on the votes of 13 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 Hot Docs 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.

Raiders! - Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen
Listen to Me Marlon - Stevan RileyHelp Us Find Sunil Tripathi - Neal Broffman
The Barkley Marathons - Annika Iltis and Timothy James KaneBest of Enemies - Robert Gordon and Morgan NevilleThe Amina Profile - Sophie Deraspe
The Queen of Silence - Agnieszka  ZwiefkaThe Wolfpack - Crystal MoselleThe Nightmare - Rodney AscherT-Rex - Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari
FILM TITLE
POINTS
MENTIONS
AVERAGE
FIRSTS
1. Raiders! 35 6 5.83 1
2. Listen to Me, Marlon 34 6 5.67 1
3. Help Us Find Sunil Trapathi 30 4 7.5 0
4. The Barkley Marathons 29 4 7.25 1
5. Best of Enemies 28 5 5.6 2
6. The Amina Profile 28 4 7.0 0
7. The Queen of Silence 25 3 8.33 0
8. The Wolfpack 24 5 4.8 0
9. The Nightmare 21 3 7.0 0
10. T-Rex 21 3 7.0 0

Participants:

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

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