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HFPA TIFF Shorts Award

The HFPA announced the first annual HFPA award for best short at the Toronto Film Festival. Two prizes were awarded to the best and first runner up short film in TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, Short Film Selection. HFPA voters awarded Lee Filipovsky with the Best Film prize for Fluffy, a funny and poignant chronicle of a Serbian family’s last hours at home as it prepares to move to Canada. A hectic day marked by laughter tears and the startling appearance of an oversized teddy bear. Runner-up honors went to Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha, an animated fable of accomplished painterly technique harkening to the folk storytelling tradition of Eastern Europe. The prizes were given as part of the special initiatives marking the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes this year and are the first ever film prizes awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association outside the scope of the Golden Globes. Watch the announcement here.