The 2009 edition of Toronto After Dark came to a close a week today, yet lingering thoughts of some of the best films still rattle around in my head (personal favourites, Black, Strigoi, Grace, Rough Cut). There is a democratic voting system used by the festival staff to generate the Audience Choice award (The same 'vote 1 to 5' system used by the Toronto International Film Festival). This year, the Audience Award went to Dead Snow, the fun Norwegian Nazi-Zombie romp. The Vision Award, for best independent genre film went to UK/Romanian vampire dramedy Strigoi.
The rest of the award winners, including short films, are after the jump.
Furthermore, if you are a Toronto local and missed the France/Senegal heist-blaxploitation remix Black at this years festival, be sure to check it out, it opens commercially at the AMC Yonge & Dundas today!
Audience Awards, best Feature Film:
Gold: DEAD SNOW
Silver: TRICK 'R TREAT
Bronze: BLACK DYNAMITE
VISION AWARDS, BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM:
Silver: THE REVENANT
Audience Award, Best Canadian Short Film:
Gold: CAPTAIN COULIER (SPACE EXPLORER)
Bronze: DANSE MACABRE
Audience Award, Best International Short Film:
Gold: THE USERS GUIDE TO IMAGINARY FRIENDS (ABRIDGED)
Silver: THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON
Bronze: KING OF POWER 4 BILLION %