The Grand Seduction wins TIFF Film Circuit audience award

The Don McKellar-directed film won the Best Canadian Film prize, while The Lunchbox was named Best International Film. (The Grand Seduction pictured.)

" THE GRAND SEDUCTION "Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction has won the TIFF Film Circuit People’s Choice Award for Best Canadian Film.

The Film Circuit program brings Canadian and international independent films to communities across the country. There are currently 174 Film Circuit groups in 155 locations. The 2014 edition of the Film Circuit saw record attendance, with 342, 091 people attending 2,116 screenings.

The Grand Seduction, an English-language remake of La Grande Seduction, follows residents of a small fishing village in Newfoundland as they conspire to lure a big-city doctor into becoming the town’s full-time physician to secure a factory contract. The film screened in 63 communities and drew in a total audience of 10,700.

Produced by Barbara Doran of Newfoundland-based Morag Loves Company and Roger Frappier of Max Films, The Grand Seduction was released in Canada by Alliance Vivafilm while Germany-based Atlas International handled foreign sales.

Elsewhere, the Film Circuit People’s Choice award for best international film went to Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. The film screened in 80 Film Circuit communities to an overall audience of more than 14,300.