While most people celebrate their 34th birthday out for dinner or at a casual party, Canadian actor/writer/director Sarah Polley celebrated her big day with an award from the Toronto Film Critics Association, recognizing her latest work Stories We Tell. This wasn’t just any award, this was the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award which added $100,000 to Polley’s name. This was a second win for the Toronto-born filmmaker who received this award in 2006 for her film Away From Her.
Cameron Bailey, TFCA founding president and artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, presented Polley with the prize last night at the TFCA’s 16th annual gala hosted at The Carlu. The award winning piece was a memoir from Polley’s birth to adulthood, where she discovered the man she believed to be her father was not. Stories We Tell, which was unveiled to Canadians at TIFF in September, will be gracing the screen at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah later this month.