Sarah Polley's family doc 'Stories We Tell' nabs $100,000 film prize

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TORONTO - Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell" has nabbed a $100,000 film prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association.

The acclaimed actor-turned-director was presented with the 2012 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at a gala dinner Tuesday.

Polley's intensely personal film "Stories We Tell" traces her recent discovery that the man she believed was her father was actually not her biological parent.

The memoir beat out competition from the animal documentary "Bestiaire," directed by Denis Côté, and the hockey comedy "Goon," directed by Michael Dowse.

As runners-up, Cote and Dowse each received $5,000.

"Stories We Tell" also received the TFCA's 2012 Allan King Documentary Award.

In that category, it beat out acclaimed runners-up "The Queen of Versailles" and "Searching for Sugar Man."

This marks the second time the TFCA has honoured Polley for best Canadian film. She also won for her first feature, the 2006 love story "Away From Her."

Other prizes handed out Tuesday included the Manulife Financial best student film award, which went to Ryerson University student Andrew Moir for his short documentary "Just As I Remember."

It carries a cash prize of $5,000.

And the Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist went to Toronto filmmaker Nicolás Pereda, whose films include 2012's "Greatest Hits."

Sponsored by Deluxe, the prize comes with $5,000 cash and $5,000 in post-production services.

Previously, the critics' association bestowed its biggest awards on Paul Thomas Anderson's drama "The Master." That included the titles of best picture, best director and best screenplay, with co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman named best supporting actor.

Other awards went to "ParaNorman" for best animated feature, "Amour" for best foreign-language film and "Beyond the Black Rainbow" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" in a tie for best first feature.

The Toronto Film Critics Association was established in 1997 and is comprised of Toronto-based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary.

All major dailies, weeklies and a variety of other print, electronic and web outlets are represented.

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Organizations: Toronto Film Critics Association, Manulife Financial

Geographic location: TORONTO

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