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The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is delighted to announce the award winners for the 2019 edition.

The award for the Best Feature Narrative Film went to 'Shark Week' (Canada) by Bri Proke.
Lonely burnout Bill Berney loses his dog, and skateboards around the city trying to find him. Throughout this sweaty summer day, Bill is repeatedly confronted with his past, and those involved in it.

The prize for the Best Feature Documentary Film was for 'Midnight Ramblers' (France) by Julian Ballester. Night after night, Kye, Tobie, Paul, Kim and Tattoo wander through the streets and alleys of Montreal. They support each other, and they are all drug users.

Best Narrative Short Film award went to 'Birth of a Poet' (United States) by James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg. Birth of a Poet is a dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems.

'Shooting Crows' (Switzerland) by Christine Hürzeler was awarded as Best Documentary Short Film. A park in the fog. Crows flap and caw in the sky. A homeless man sleeps between the trees. Now and then a crow is shot.

The Best Animated Film award went to 'Flood' (Germany) by Malte Stein. A dirty lake bursts its banks and begins to flood the town. At last there´s a good reason to keep the son at home. 

'This is not a Meme' (Republic of Korea) by Lee Sang Won was awarded as Best Experimental Film.


Best Music Video Award went to 'So Loki - Athletes World' (Canada) by Lucas Hrubizna. A jealous husband becomes increasingly paranoid as he finds clues to his wife’s hidden obsession with So Loki. When she wins a contest to have them perform at the couple’s home, her husband comes face to face with the objects of his wife’s desire. 

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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