|Opening film||The Magnificent Seven|
|Closing film||The Edge of Seventeen|
|Festival date||8-18 September 2016|
The 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from 8 to 18 September 2016. The first announcement of films to be screened at the festival took place on 26 July. Almost 400 films were shown.
The festival's final awards were announced on 18 September.
|People's Choice Award||La La Land||Damien Chazelle|
|People's Choice Award First Runner Up||Lion||Garth Davis|
|People's Choice Award Second Runner Up||Queen of Katwe||Mira Nair|
|People's Choice Award, Documentary Winner||I Am Not Your Negro||Raoul Peck|
|People's Choice Award, Documentary First Runner Up||Abacus: Small Enough to Jail||Steve James|
|People's Choice Award, Documentary Second Runner Up||Before the Flood||Fisher Stevens|
|People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness Winner||Free Fire||Ben Wheatley|
|People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness First Runner Up||The Autopsy of Jane Doe||André Øvredal|
|People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness Second Runner Up||Raw||Julia Ducournau|
|Platform Prize||Jackie||Pablo Larraín|
|Platform Prize, Honourable Mention||Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait||Khyentse Norbu|
|Best Canadian Feature Film||Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves||Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie|
|Best Canadian Short Film||Mutants||Alexandre Dostie|
|Best Canadian First Feature Film||Old Stone||Johnny Ma|
|Dropbox Discovery Program Filmmakers Award||Jeffrey||Yanillys Perez|
|FIPRESCI Discovery Prize||Kati Kati||Mbithi Masya|
|FIPRESCI Special Presentations||I Am Not Madame Bovary||Feng Xiaogang|
|Best International Short Film||Imago||Raymund Ribay Gutierrez|
|Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere||In Between||Maysaloun Hamoud|
The jury for the Platform section (in its second year) comprised Brian de Palma (American director), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chadian director), and Zhang Ziyi (Chinese actress). The Platform section (named for Jia Zhangke's film Platform) consists of "12 films of high artistic merit that demonstrate a strong directorial vision". The jury awarded the $25,000 prize to Jackie.
In December, TIFF programmers released their annual Canada's Top Ten list of the films selected as the ten best Canadian films of 2016. The selected films received a follow-up screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as a "Canada's Top Ten" minifestival in January 2017, as well as in selected other cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
This is the sophomore year for Platform, the Festival's juried programme that champion's director's cinema from around the world.