Canada’s top-grossing French-language film in 2015, La Guerre des Tuques 3D (Snowtime!), was honoured today with the Guichet d’or award — also known as the Golden Box Office Award. The French-language 3D animated film grossed $3.3 million last year.
La Guerre des Tuques (translated to The Dog Who Stopped the War) is a remake of the original 1984 film, which was also Canada’s top-grossing film of that year.
“La Guerre des Tuques 3D was a huge gamble that paid off,” said Michel Pradier, director of project financing at Telefilm.
The annual Guichet d’or rewards the Canadian directors and screenwriters of the Canadian French-language feature film having generated the highest domestic box office in the previous year, earning at least $1 million.
The award comes with a cash prize of $40,000 shared equally by the directors and screenwriters. Directors Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson and screenwriters Normand Canac-Marquis and Paul Risacher split the award and each received $10,000.
Earlier this month, Telefilm Canada gave the 2015 Golden Box Office Award to the top-grossing English-language Canadian film, Room. The Academy Award-winning film was an Irish-Canadian co-production, and only Canadian screenwriter Emma Donoghue qualified for the cash prize.
Donoghue donated her $20,000 prize to Toronto’s Aboriginal media arts showcase, the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.