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2001 Toronto International Film Festival

The 26th Toronto International Film Festival ran from September 6 to September 15, 2001. There were 326 films (249 feature films, 77 short films) from 54 countries scheduled to be screened during the ten-day festival. During a hastily arranged press conference on September 11, Festival director Piers Handling and managing director Michelle Maheux announced that 30 public screenings and 20 press screenings would be cancelled during the sixth day of the festival due to the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.[1] The festival resumed for the final four days though some films were cancelled because the film prints could not reach Toronto due to flight restrictions.[2][3][4][5][6]

2001 Toronto International Film Festival
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Festival poster
Opening filmLast Wedding
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted byToronto International Film Festival Group
No. of films326 films
Festival dateSeptember 6, 2001 (2001-09-06)–September 15, 2001 (2001-09-15)



Award[7] Film Director
People's Choice Award Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Discovery Award Chicken Rice War Chee Kong Cheah
Best Canadian Feature Film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner Zacharias Kunuk
Best Canadian First Feature Film Inertia Sean Garrity
Best Canadian Short Film Film(dzama) Deco Dawson
FIPRESCI International Critics' Award Inch'Allah Dimanche Yamina Benguigui
FIPRESCI International Critics' Award - Special Mention Mein Stern Valeska Grisebach
FIPRESCI International Critics' Award - Special Mention Khaled Asghar Massombagi


Viacom GalasEdit

Canadian Open VaultEdit

Contemporary World CinemaEdit

Dialogues: Talking with PicturesEdit

Director's SpotlightEdit


Jean Pierre Lefebvre: VidéasteEdit

  • L'Âge des images I: Le Pornolithique directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • L'Âge des images II: L'Écran invisible directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • L'Âge des images III: Comment filmer Dieu directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • L'Âge des images IV: Mon chien n'est pas mort directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • L'Âge des images V: La Passion de l'innocence directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • La Chambre blanche directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • Le Jour "S" directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • Mon amie Pierrette directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
  • Le Vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort directed by Jean Pierre Lefebvre


Midnight Madness[8]Edit

National Cinema ProgrammeEdit

Perspective CanadaEdit

Planet AfricaEdit

  • É Minha Cara/That's My Face directed by Thomas Allen Harris
  • 100 Days directed by Nick Hughes
  • L' Afrance directed by Alain Gomis
  • Bintou directed by Fanta Regina Nacro
  • The Father directed by Ermias Woldeamlak
  • Inch'Allah Dimanche directed by Yamina Benguigui
  • Karmen directed by Joseph Gaï Ramaka
  • The Killing Yard directed by Euzhan Palcy
  • Malunde directed by Stefanie Sycholt
  • Mouka directed by Adama Roamba
  • Paris: XY directed by Zeka Laplaine
  • Snipes directed by Richard Murray
  • Surrender directed by Celine Gilbert

Real to ReelEdit

Special PresentationsEdit


  • ATOZ directed by Robert Breer
  • Automatic Writing directed by Fred Worden
  • Baby Dream II directed by Miles McKane
  • The Back Steps directed by Leighton Pierce
  • Color Study directed by Vincent Grenier
  • Les Coquelicots directed by Rose Lowder
  • The Dark Room directed by Minyong Jang
  • The Deformation of the Setting Sun directed by Joseph Leclerc
  • Didam directed by Olivier Fouchard and Mahine Rouhi
  • Emanance directed by Craig A. Lindley
  • Engram Sepals (Melodramas 1994–2000) directed by Lewis Klahr
  • Exposed directed by Siegfried A. Fruhauf
  • Interior: New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street directed by G.W. (Billy) Bitzer
  • Intrude Sanctuary directed by Hsiao Shuo-wen
  • L' Iris fantastique directed by Segundo de Chomón
  • The Last Lost Shot directed by Cécile Fontaine
  • Love's Refrain directed by Nathaniel Dorsky
  • Lovesong directed by Stan Brakhage
  • Marisa directed by Jacopo Quadri
  • Mist directed by Matthias Müller
  • Nipkow TV directed by Christian Hossner
  • Outermost directed by Stephanie Maxwell and Allan Schindler
  • Post Mortem directed by Catherine Tanitte
  • Premières images II directed by Étienne-Jules Marey
  • Le Roi des dollars directed by Segundo de Chomón
  • Schichtwechsel directed by Christian Hossner
  • Serpentine Dance by Annabelle directed by W.K.L. Dickson and William Heise
  • Shudder (Top and Bottom) directed by Michael Gitlin
  • Sliding Off the Edge of the World directed by Mark Street
  • Slit Scan Movie directed by Christian Hossner
  • Soundings directed by Sandra Gibson
  • Tree-line directed by Gunvor Nelson
  • Trees in Autumn directed by Kurt Kren
  • Wot the Ancient Sod directed by Diane Kitchen

Canada's Top TenEdit

In December 2001, TIFF introduced the Canada's Top Ten project to identify the year's ten best Canadian films as selected by festival programmers and film critics from across Canada.[9]


  1. ^ "Movies win role in a traumatized world ; Toronto film festival ended with hope for better future". Toronto Star, September 17, 2001.
  2. ^ "26th Toronto International Film Festival Coverage". Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "26th Toronto International Film Festival Coverage: List of Films". Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "September 11, 2001 At The Toronto International Film Festival: A Reminiscence". Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "Toronto Film Festival 2001 Before & After". Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Awards" Archived 2012-09-27 at the Wayback Machine., October 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "History of the Toronto International Film Festival's MIDNIGHT MADNESS Programme". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "Lists, lists and lists: Tops in video". Peterborough Examiner, December 20, 2001.

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