Monday, September 19, 2011
TIFF 2011: “Island President” scoops doc award
The Island President (pictured), Jon Shenk’s documentary following the president of the Maldives’ battle to raise awareness about climate change, has picked up the Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Bess Kargman’s ballet documentary First Position was awarded the first runner-up accolade, while Cameron Crowe’s music doc Pearl Jam Twenty was named second runner-up. The winners were chosen by popular vote.
The win comes after President Mohamed Nasheed, the subject and star of The Island President, made an appearance at the festival to take part in a Q&A alongside director Shenk, as previously reported.
In a statement, Shenk paid tribute to Toronto audiences, thanking them for supporting the film. “My team has been humbled so many times during the making of this film,” he said. The president himself also delivered a short statement, adding: “I’m very pleased audiences liked the film – I thought it was quite excellent.”