|Closing film||Song for Marion|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Hosted by||Toronto International Film Festival Group|
|No. of films||289 feature films and 83 shorts|
|Festival date||September 6, 2012 –September 16, 2012|
The 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 6 and September 16, 2012. TIFF announced the films that were accepted on August 21, 2012. On its 37th edition the TIFF included a 289 feature films and 83 short films. Directed by Rian Johnson, Looper was selected as the opening film.
|People's Choice Award||Silver Linings Playbook||David O. Russell|
|People's Choice Award, First Runner Up||Argo||Ben Affleck|
|People's Choice Award, Second Runner Up||Zaytoun||Eran Riklis|
|People's Choice Award (Documentary)||Artifact||Jared Leto|
|People's Choice Award (Documentary), First Runner Up||Storm Surfers 3D||Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan|
|People's Choice Award (Documentary), Second Runner Up||Revolution||Rob Stewart|
|People's Choice Award (Midnight Madness)||Seven Psychopaths||Martin McDonagh|
|People's Choice Award (Midnight Madness), First Runner Up||The Bay||Barry Levinson|
|People's Choice Award (Midnight Madness), Second Runner Up||John Dies at the End||Don Coscarelli|
|Best Canadian Feature Film||Laurence Anyways||Xavier Dolan|
|Best Canadian Short Film||Keep a Modest Head (Ne crâne pas sois modeste)||Deco Dawson|
|Best Canadian Short Film, Honorable Mention||Crackin' Down Hard||Mike Clattenburg|
|Best Canadian First Feature Film||Antiviral||Brandon Cronenberg|
|FIPRESCI Discovery||Call Girl||Mikael Marcimain|
|FIPRESCI Special Presentations||In the House||François Ozon|
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