TIFF2023 announces all winners, American Fiction by Cord Jefferson wins People’s Choice Award

Asha Bajaj
4 min readSep 19
TIFF 2023 awards. Cord Jefferson wins the People’s Choice Award at the TIFF. Photo courtesy: MGM Studios

Toronto: Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction,” a wicked satire about the commodification of marginalized voices and a portrait of an artist forced to re-examine his integrity, has won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) , raising the film’s prospects in the Oscar race.

Jeffrey Wright stars in Cord Jefferson’s adaptation of Percival Everett’s Erasure as his work has been hailed as one of his most beautifully nuanced performances.

Filmmaker Cord Jefferson, born in Tucson in Arizona, is an Emmy Award–winning writer and story editor whose television credits include Master of None (17), Watchmen (19), The Good Place (17–19), and Succession (19). American Fiction (23) is his feature debut.

The Toronto International Film Festival 2023, which began on Sept 7 and concluded on Sept 17 , has announced the award recipients for the 48th edition of the Festival.

“We’re grateful to all the audience members, artists, industry professionals, and supporters who graced Toronto’s cinemas, red carpets, meeting spaces, and streets,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO.

“As we recognize award winners today, we thank everyone who contributed to this glorious, collective gift,” he said.

The Winners:


American Fiction directed by Cord Jefferson.

The first runner-up is The Holdovers directed by Alexander Payne, and the second runner-up is The Boy and the Heron directed by Hayao Miyazaki.


The winners of the three awards for SHORT CUTS AWARDS who would each get a bursary of $10,000 CAD:

Daria Kashcheeva, director of the film Electra, which resonates with under-the-skin discomfort long after the film is over, would be the recipient of the Short Cuts Award for Best Film.

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