Dates and Updates for TFCA Awards

November 1, 2023

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The Toronto Film Critics Association is spreading the wealth this year! Beginning with this year’s TFCA Awards, the association will be awarding two winners for Canadian cinema with the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award and Rogers Best Canadian Documentary Award. Both winners will receive a cash prize of $50,000, courtesy of Rogers, while runners-up will receive $5,000 each. The TFCA will name the three nominees for both categories at the end of our vote on Sunday, December 17. Winners will be announced at the TFCA Awards gala on March 4, which will be held at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto with Amanda Brugel returning as host.

Also new this year, the TFCA will award two actors in the categories for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role. We are also pleased to announce the addition of awards for Breakthrough Performance of the Year and Outstanding Performance in a Canadian Film, which will each recognize one winner.

In addition to the categories above, the TFCA will award the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, the Allan King Documentary Award, Best International Feature, Best Animated Feature, Best First Feature, the Stella Artois Jay Scott Emerging Artist Award, the Company 3 TFCA Luminary Award, and the Telefilm Canada Emerging Critic Award. Applications for the Telefilm Canada Emerging Critic Award will open shortly.

The TFCA Awards will continue to include any film released theatrically in the Greater Toronto Area for one week (or 3 days within a week for documentaries and Canadian films, need not be consecutive) and feature films in commercial release on a home video platform such as OTT, VOD, SVOD, PVOD, etc., whichever is first, in the calendar year of January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. (Excludes films that were consideration in a previous year.) We will also consider films put forward as Oscar contenders or Canadian Screen Awards contenders with a confirmed release as above in through March 31, 2024, provided they confirm their release prior to our December vote.


The voting schedule for this year’s awards is as follows:

-Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:00pm EST: Awards nominations due

-Sunday, Dec. 17 at noon EST: Live vote announcing winners, runners-up, and nominees for Rogers Best Canadian Film Awards. Follow along at @TFCA

– Monday, March 4: In-person gala at the Omni King Edward Hotel with announcement of the winner of the Rogers Award winners for Best Canadian Narrative Film and Best Canadian Documentary.