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12 Years a Slave wins People’s Choice Award at TIFF

Great news from the Toronto Film Festival, just in:

garret dillahunt,twelve years a slave12 Years a Slave was named the top audience prize winner at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.

The Steve McQueen-directed film now numbers among previous TIFF audience award winners like Slumdog Millionaire, American Beauty and Silver Linings Playbook that received a lift in Toronto on their way to Academy Awards glory.

Fox Searchlight will release 12 Years a Slave in theaters on Oct. 18. The film had its world premiere on September 6 at the Princess of Wales Theater. – THR

Big congrats to the cast and crew!

Meanwhile, the film has been added to the Hamptons International Film Festival, and will be screened there on Oct. 14. Details here.

12 Years a Slave TIFF press conference & European premiere date

12 Years a Slave premiered at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday. Steve McQueen and the main cast were there to introduce the film, and stayed for a brief Q&A after the screening.

The film will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 18th, with additional screenings on the 19th and 20th. Tickets and info here.

Today’s press conference will be streamed live on TIFF’s YouTube channel:

12 Years a Slave screening at Telluride Film Festival tonight

Last minute announcement from the Telluride Film Festival:

12 Years a Slave will be screened tonight (Friday), with Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o in attendance.

• Sneak Preview: 12 Years a Slave

In 1840s New York State, Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an impeccable middle-class attorney with a happy family and superb skills as a violinist, is an African American free from birth who has never spent a moment of his life confronting the horrors of black experience down South. Pursuing a business opportunity in Washington, DC, he is kidnapped and enslaved, and descends into a harrowing nightmare of moral corruption and irrational violence. Director Steve McQueen (HUNGER, SHAME) and screenwriter John Ridley shape Northrup’s memoir into a vivid, compelling historical fresco, with superb performances from Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, in his third collaboration with McQueen, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt. (USA, 2013, 133m) In person: Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o

Friday, August 29, 2013 TBAs

• 4pm Masons GLORIA (33)

• 6pm Herzog Sneak: PRISONERS


7:30pm Galaxy Sneak: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

• 9pm Nugget PARTICLE FEVER (I)

• 10pm Pierre STARRED UP (32)

• 10:30pm Galaxy LUNCHBOX (25)

12 Years a Slave TIFF screening dates

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVEThe screening schedule for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival was announced earlier today.

Twelve Years a Slave will be shown on Friday, September 6, at 6 pm, Saturday, September 7, at 11:30 am, and Saturday, September 14, at 9 pm. The film has an 18A rating, so anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For venues and tickets, visit

First with Hunger and then with Shame, Steve McQueen established himself as a director of the highest order, and a filmmaker in keen pursuit of truth. Drawing on a shocking real-life story, 12 Years a Slave illuminates, like no other film before it, what it must have been like to live as an American slave.

In Saratoga Springs, New York, 1841, Solomon Northup is a free man making his living as a musician. After accepting a job offer from two men to play for a circus, he soon finds himself kidnapped, transported to the South and sold into slavery. Forced to take a new name, he is thrown together with other enslaved African Americans, each suffering the horrors of gruelling labour, daily humiliations, and families torn apart. But for Northup, there is the added nightmare of remembering the freedom and identity he so recently enjoyed.

Twelve Years a Slave to open New Orleans Film Festival

12 years a slave,chiwetel ejiofor,michael reports that Twelve Years a Slave will be the opening film at this year’s New Orleans Film Festival, which runs from October 10 to 17.

If you’re planning on going, the tickets will go on sale on Thursday (August 15) and will be available at

The 2013 New Orleans Film Festival will boast a decidedly local feel when it kicks off its 24th edition on Oct. 10. Director Steve McQueen’s locally shot adaptation of “12 Years a Slave” — starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt — was named the festival’s opening-night selection in an announcement this afternoon (Aug. 12).

McQueen’s film, which will be screening more than a week before its limited theatrical release, will be the centerpiece of a red-carpet, opening-night event to be held at the newly renovated Civic Theater on O’Keefe Avenue. McQueen is expected to be among those in attendance.