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2016 TIFA Nominees

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Blockbuster: A Life In Moving Pictures, Directed by Vlado Priborsky, Austria
Bits Of Love, Directed by Anton Schilli, Germany
Good Friday, Directed by Gloria Saavedra, Columbia

Biking With No Saddle, Directed by Alessandro Giuggioli, Italy
The Answer, Directed by Pavan Kaul, India
Mobfathers: Permanent Rehab, Directed by Ben van Bergen, USA

Crime & Punishment, Directed by Andrew O’Keefe, Australia
The Seeker, Directed by Jeff D Johnson, USA
2Close2U, Directed by Steffen Baermann, Germany

A Tangled Web, Directed by John Thomas, USA
Land of Smiles, Directed by Bradley Stryker, Canada
Halcyon Heights, Directed by Isla Ure, UK

We’ll See If We Drown, Directed by Laurent Helas, France
The Monster, Directed by Bob Pipe, UK
The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR, Directed by
Romain Quirot, France
Talking Piece, Directed by Page Stuart Valdes, USA
Omessa, Directed by Charlène FAVIER, France
Dryad, Directed by Thomas Vernay, France
The Accord, Directed by RC Cone, USA

Brain Maker, Directed by Emmett Sparling, Canada
Our Last Adventure, Directed by Michael Valitutti, Canada
Voyeur, Directed by Katy Lukianiuk, Canada

The Grouper Mystery, Directed by Caroline Schoenfelder, France (WINNER)
Sonepur Mela, Directed by Sudhesh Unniraman, India
Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town, Directed by Beatrice Alda, USA

Mardistan: Explorations of Indian Manhood, Directed by Harjant Gill, India
I Exist, Directed by Ahmed Adbelnaser, Egypt (WINNER)
Alex, Directed by Brian Inocencio, USA
Kappa Crucis, Directed by João Borges, Brazil

Confessions of a Breastimator, Directed by Jisu Kim, USA
Agrinoui, Directed by Alexis Chaviaras, Cyprus

Some Dark Place, Directed by Cecelia Condit, USA
The Blind Owl, Directed by Mazdak Taebi, Canada
Ridden By Nature, Directed by Kiah Keya, USA

A Shared House, Directed by Joshua Lundberg, Australia
Endgame, Directed by Phil Mulloy, UK
Made in Mosjoen, Directed by Aleksander Nordaas, Norway
Arthur, Directed by Alberto Meroni, Switzerland

Itchy Thumbs, Directed by Aurelien Offner, Canada
Robot Koch & Delhia de France – Dark Waves, Directed by Sven D., USA
“Biters” 1975, Directed by Ashley Simpson, USA
Enjoy the Pain, Directed by Amit Shamir, Israel

The Hoopla, Written by Thomas Nesti, Canada
A God Fearin’ Man, Written by John Broadhead, USA
Bonewick, Written by Ira Khan, Canada
Bolles, Written by Michael Dalzell, USA
Shine Your Eyes, Written by Clint Pearson, USA
Diminuendo, Written by Paul Gross, Australia
Jagged Edge, Written by Tamara Herman, Canada
Emerald and Grey, Written by Richard Peacock, Canada

TIFA, the Toronto Independent Film Awards Inc. (formerly known as Toronto International Film and Video Awards Inc. TIFVA) is dedicated to awarding and showcasing the best independent films from around the world.

TIFA was started by independent filmmakers who understand the process of submitting to festivals and the challenges met when trying to get recognition for their work by professionals in the industry. That’s why TIFA offers so much – we want to support filmmakers and writers in any way we can!

TIFA’s core beliefs are the following – Accessibility, Equality and Diversity.

At TIFA we believe that everyone should be given equal opportunities to express their talents in film.  For this reason TIFA screens and awards films and screenplays from every country, in all genres, and a range of independent budgets.

To help level the playing field we accept feature films in four sub-categories based on the project’s budget so films are not competing against others made at higher budgets.  We also highlight categories that are often overlooked such as experimental films, web series, animations, music videos and children’s films.

TIFA is a strong supporter of diversity in filmmaking.  Everyone has a story to tell and promoting diversity in the industry can only make it better.  This year TIFA has received submissions from over 40 countries as we continue to expand our reach year after year.  Our nominee list from 2015 included submissions from 18 countries!  TIFA also believes in providing a platform for underrepresented groups in the industry to showcase their efforts through focused panels and events such as our women in filmmaking panel and various networking events.

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