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Top 10 best Canadian movies of 2017

From Indigenous documentaries to Quebec horror films, Canadian filmmakers told a lot of different stories this year.

To honour the best in Canadian cinema, TIFF is showcasing 10 films as part of its Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

The festival was established in 2001 and it celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and raises awareness of Canadian achievements in film. From January 12 to 21, 2018, the festival will present screenings of the 10 selected films and offer related industry programming and learning sessions in Toronto. Selected films also have the opportunity to participate in a cross-Canada tour, screening at TIFF’s partner locations.

To be eligible for the festival, movies must be directed a Canadian citizen or resident, must include Canada as an official country of production, and must have received commercial release or played a major film festival in Canada in 2017.

TIFF’s artistic director, Cameron Bailey, dropped by the Your Morning studio to unveil the movies that made the prestigious list.


Adventures in Public School

Directed by: Kyle Rideout
After being homeschooled his whole life, wannabe physicist Liam “drops out” and enrolls in public school to chase the girl of his dreams in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy.



Directed by: Jason Sanchez, Carlos Sanchez
A 30-year-old woman (Evan Rachel Wood) embarks on an intimate yet ultimately manipulative relationship with a 16-year-old runaway in this highly anticipated feature.



Directed by: Sadaf Foroughi
This film is about how a 16-year-old girl’s relationship with her family is challenged after her mother takes her to a gynecologist in order to ensure she’s still a virgin.


Les Affam├ęs

Directed by Robin Aubert
This film won the Best Canadian Film award at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It’s a zombie horror movie about a remote village in Quebec that is terrorized by a flesh-eating plague.


The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

Directed by Simon Lavoie
The latest by Lavoie follows the lives of two children who, in the wake of their father’s death, gradually come to realize the perverse nature of their upbringing.



Directed by Wayne Wapeemukwa
This film is a complex portrait of five people from Vancouver living on the fringes of society during the 2010 Winter Olympics.


Never Steady, Never Still

Directed by: Kathleen Hepburn
Shirley Henderson stars in this film about a woman who, in the wake of her husband’s death, struggles to remain independent despite the advance of Parkinson’s disease.


Our People Will Be Healed

Directed by: Alanis Obomsawin
This documentary is about what action-driven decolonization looks like in Norway House, one of Manitoba’s largest First Nations communities.


Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Directed by: Alfonso Maiorana, Catherine Bainbridge
Rumble tells the story of a missing chapter in the history of American music: the indigenous influence.  


Unarmed Verses

Directed by: Charles Officer
This documentary follows a 12-year-old black girl, Francine, who is just one of many people facing eviction from a low-income housing block in Toronto’s north-east end due to the impending demolition of their home.