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The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival has announced the award winners for the 2018 edition.

The award for the Best Feature Narrative Film went to 'Hurry Slowly' (Norway) by Anders Emblem. Fiona takes care of her younger brother Tom. We follow Fiona over a few life-changing summer months on the north-western coast of Norway, where she juggle the care of her brother, her job at the local ferry and her interest in music.


The prize for the Best Feature Documentary Film was for 'Grab and run' (Spain) by Roser Corella. Since Kyrgyzstan gained its Independence, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of “grab and run”. More than half Kyrgyz women are married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands.

Best Narrative Short Film award went to 'Mr. Death' (Norway) by Andreas J. Riiser. An exclusive interview with Death.


'The Velvet Underground Played at My High School' (United States) by Robert Pietri, Tony Jannelli was awarded as Best Documentary Short Film. This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance. While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs: 'There She Goes', 'Venus in Furs', and 'Heroin'. The Summit High School audience responded with, as a band member recalled in 1983, a 'murmur of surprise that greeted the appearance' that 'increased to a roar of disbelief as the band started to play' which'swelled to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment...' Half the audience walked out.

The Best Animated Film award went to 'A Dog Leashed' (United States) by Dane Cree
Self-reflection through meditation. A look at the shadow self.

'165708' (Canada) by Josephine Massarella won Best Experimental Film. 165708 employs in-camera techniques and chemical manipulation of processed film to produce an eidetic study of temporal elasticity.

Best Music Video Award went to 'Son Lux // The Fool You Need' (United States) by Jean-Paul Frenay.


Do you have a personal vision? Are you a true independent filmmaker? Do you hate making compromises? The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival welcomes filmmakers who explore and develop new filmmaking conventions in their quest to realise their visions effectively on a limited budget.

The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing innovative and exciting work by risk-taking filmmakers from around the world. Aesthetically and thematically varied, these films mark the arrival of exciting new directing talents.

See you all next year.

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