Back in 2001, The Toronto International Film Festival created Canada's Top Ten, an annual event created to celebrate Canadian cinema. We've talked about it in the past, as it's featured big names like Sarah Polley, David Cronenberg, and Don McKellar. And now, as 2009 comes so quickly to a close, this year's best have been picked.

I've usually seen at least a few of the feature choices, but this year I'm woefully behind on some pretty cool-sounding flicks. The 2009 films include Defendor -- the Woody Harrelson superhero indie by Peter Stebbings, Cairo Time -- the Ruba Nadda romance starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig, and The Trotsky -- a film starring Jay Baruchel as a teen who believes he's the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky. On the shorts side of things, I've already alerted you to three in the TIFF Shorts Roundup: Bruce Alcock's Vive la Rose, Chris Landreth's The Spine, and Cordell Barker's Runaway. Other picks include The Armoire, Danse Macabre, and Out in that Deep Blue Sea.

If you're lucking enough to be heading to the T-dot come January, Canada's Top Ten will screen between January 14-21. If not, try to check the films out -- there are a lot of great Canadian filmmakers out there beyond Egoyan and Cronenberg.
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