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JANUARY 8–17, 2016

Canada's Top Ten Film Festival was established in 2001 by TIFF to honour excellence in short- and feature-length contemporary Canadian cinema and to raise awareness of Canadian achievements in film. In order to be eligible for Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, the film must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident, Canada must be an official country of production on the film, and the film must have been released commercially or played a major film festival in Canada. The feature- and short-film selections are each chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada.

Canada's Top Ten Film Festival has become a highly anticipated initiative, bringing Canada's most acclaimed filmmakers and eager audiences together for an exciting cinematic experience. The creativity, diversity and innovation of these films and filmmakers keep audiences coming back for more. Last year’s Top Ten feature selection included Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Albert Shin’s In Her Place, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars. The Top Ten shorts and student short selections included Breanna Cheek’s Fallow, Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant, and Randall Lloyd Okita’s The Weatherman and The Shadowboxer.

The 15th annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival will run from January 8–17, 2016, and will include screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox of each selected film, Q&As and onstage events as well as relevant industry programming. Select films, shorts and student shorts will tour major cities in Canada and the world, reinforcing TIFF's commitment to championing Canadian talent on a national and international stage.

To learn more about the history of Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, visit the Canadian Film Encyclopedia.