Toronto: Cory Monteith's 'All the Wrong Reasons' Wins Discovery Award

Cory Monteith All The Wrong Reasons - P 2013
Andrew Tench

Cory Monteith All The Wrong Reasons - P 2013

One of the late "Glee" star's last films earned first-time director Gia Milani a $10,000 check on Monday.

TORONTO – Call it the Cory Monteith halo effect.

As prize-giving at the Toronto Film Festival got underway Monday, Canadian director Gia Milani picked up the juried Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award for her debut feature, All the Wrong Reasons, which stars the late Glee star and debuted Sunday night.

Milani beat out 27 other films in TIFF's Discovery sidebar for the $10,000 cash prize.

All the Wrong Reasons is also one of the last films Monteith acted in before he died tragically on July 13 due to an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol.

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The ensemble drama, which also stars Emily Hampshire and Kevin Zegers, sees Monteith playing a store manager whose wife (Karine Vanasse) is suffering from PSTD.

Zegers plays a firefighter and Hampshire a store clerk in the indie about four lives intersecting at a big-box department store.

All the Wrong Reasons, shot in the summer of 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was five years in the making.

The film also gave Monteith a chance to show off another side of his good-guy persona as he performed a dark, more adult role in Milani's theatrical drama. 

The Toronto Film Festival will conclude on the weekend with more prize-giving, including the BlackBerry People's Choice audience awards.