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Toronto Film Festival closes early

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Sep 17, 2001 | 7:32am EDT

The Toronto International Film Festival officially ended Sunday, five days earlier than planned, due to the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11.

"We came here for a purpose, and now that purpose is gone," Writers and Artists Agency's Chris Schmidt told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's such a shame. Last weekend I remember walking around thinking: 'Gosh, this is such a great festival. Toronto is so beautiful.' Now it's all changed."

The grim search for victims turned the announcement of award winners into a low-key affair when honors were handed out during a closing news conference.

The French film Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain (The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain) was given the People's Choice Award; Singapore director Cheah Chee Kong won the Discovery Award for Chicken Rice War; the FIPRESCI Award went to another French film, Yamina Benguigui's Inch' Allah Dimanche; and the award for Canadian film went to Zacharias Kunuk's Inuit-language film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner).

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