Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness

The Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness is an annual film award, presented by the Toronto International Film Festival to the film rated as the year's most popular film in the festival's "Midnight Madness" stream of underground and cult films.[1] The award was first introduced in 2009.[2]


The voting process is the same as for the feature film People's Choice: at each Midnight Madness film screening, attendees are invited to "vote" for the film by leaving their ticket stubs in voting boxes outside the theatre after the show.[3]


Year Film Director(s) Ref
2009 The Loved Ones Sean Byrne [4]
Daybreakers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
2010 Stake Land Jim Mickle [5]
Fubar 2 Michael Dowse
2011 The Raid Gareth Evans [6]
You're Next Adam Wingard
God Bless America Bobcat Goldthwait
2012 Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh [7]
The Bay Barry Levinson
John Dies at the End Don Coscarelli
2013 Why Don't You Play in Hell? Sion Sono [8]
Oculus Mike Flanagan
Witching and Bitching Álex de la Iglesia
2014 What We Do in the Shadows Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement [9]
Tusk Kevin Smith
Big Game Jalmari Helander
2015 Hardcore Henry Ilya Naishuller [10]
The Final Girls Todd Strauss-Schulson
Green Room Jeremy Saulnier
2016 Free Fire Ben Wheatley [11]
The Autopsy of Jane Doe André Øvredal
Raw Julia Ducournau
2017 Bodied Joseph Kahn [12]
The Disaster Artist James Franco
Brawl in Cell Block 99 S. Craig Zahler
2018 The Man Who Feels No Pain Vasan Bala [13]
Halloween David Gordon Green
Assassination Nation Sam Levinson
2019 The Platform Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia [14]
The Vast of Night Andrew Patterson
Blood Quantum Jeff Barnaby
2020 Shadow in the Cloud Roseanne Liang [15]
No runners-up named due to the reduced lineup in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.


  1. ^ Walmsley, Katie (September 2009). "Oprah flick 'Precious' wins top award at Toronto". CNN. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "TIFF lineup expands with horror, music". Telegraph-Journal, July 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "Choose wisely: At the Toronto International Film Festival, how do you ensure that the people have actually spoken?". The Globe and Mail, September 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "2009 Toronto International Film Festival Winners"., October 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "The King's Speech is People's Choice; Incendies voted best Canadian picture". Vancouver Sun, September 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "Lebanese film wins TIFF's top prize; Starbuck is People's Choice runner-up". National Post, September 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "Silver Linings Playbook writes surprise TIFF ending". Toronto Star, September 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Bruce Kirkland, "Slave tops TIFF winners". Toronto Sun, September 16, 2013.
  9. ^ Bruce Kirkland, "Benedict Cumberbatch film takes audience prize at TIFF". Toronto Sun, September 15, 2014.
  10. ^ Jim Slotek, "TIFF 2015: 'Room' wins People's Choice Award". Winnipeg Free Press, September 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Chris Knight, "And the winner is ...; La La Land takes bellwether award". National Post, September 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Jeremy Kay (17 September 2017). "'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' wins Toronto audience award". Screen Daily. In other key awards handed out on Sunday afternoon (17), Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country claimed the Toronto Platform Prize, while Joseph Kahn’s Bodied won the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. Agnès Varda and JR’s Faces Places took the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award.
  13. ^ "'Green Book' boosts awards season prospects with TIFF audience award win". Screen Daily, September 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Toronto: Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' Wins Audience Award". The Hollywood Reporter, September 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Toronto: Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Wins Audience Award". The Hollywood Reporter, September 20, 2020.