‘American Fiction’ an entertaining send-up wins the 2023 People’s Choice Award


A Still from the film, courtesy TIFF

By Renu Mehta


The 48th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that was held from September 7 -17, 2023 announced ‘American Fiction’ as the TIFF 2023 People’s Choice Award. 

Directed by Cord Jefferson, this film is an adaptation of Percival Everett’s Erasure starring Jeffry Wright. A satire about marginalized voices and a portrait of an artist forced to re-examine his integrity.

Jefferson’s directorial debut is a wildly entertaining send-up of our hunger for so-called authenticity. Featuring stellar supporting turns from Issa Rae and Erika Alexander, and a string of cameos, American Fiction is a timely reflection on the fictions we keep telling ourselves about race, progress, and community.

The film, rightly so, was showcased as a free presentation for audiences on September 17.

List of Award Winners

TIFF 2023 People’s Choice Award: Cord Jefferson’s American Fiction

First Runner-up: Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers

Second Runner-up: Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron

TIFF 2023 People’s Choice Documentary Award: Robert McCallum’s Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe

First Runner-up: Jen Markowitz’s Summer Qamp

Second Runner-up: Lucy Walker’s Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa

TIFF 2023 People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Larry Charles’s Dicks: The Musical

First Runner-up: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat’s KILL

Second Runner-up: Finn Wolfhard and Billy Bryk’s Hell of a Summer

2023 Platform Award is presented to: director Tarsem Singh Dhandwarfor Dear Jassi.

2023 NETPAC Winner is: Jayant Digambar Somalkar’s A Match

2023 FIPRESCI is: Director Meredith Hama-Brown for Seagrass

Short Cuts Award for Best Film: Electra, dir. Daria Kashcheeva

Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film: Motherland, dir. Jasmin Mozaffari

Share Her Journey Award: Shé (Snake), dir. Renee Zhan

Amplify Voices Award – Best BIPOC Canadian Feature: Kanaval, dir. Henri Pardo

Amplify Voices Award for Best BIPOC Canadian First Feature Award: Tautuktavuk (What We See), dirs. Carol Kunnuk, Lucy Tulugarjuk

2023 Amplify Voices Trailblazer Award was presented to Damon D’Oliveira, producer.  

2023 Best Canadian Feature Film:  Solo, dir. Sophie Dupuis

2023 Changemaker Award: We Grown Now, dir. Minhal Baig.

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