The juried prize was open to all 28 directors with films in the Toronto film festival's Discovery program, which screens primarily first or second features.
The film also stars Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire and Kevin Zegers.
"Reasons," which was shot in Halifax, was produced by Milani and Tony Whalen of Shore Road Pictures, and Phyllis Laing. Kirk D'Amico and Emily Alden are executive producers.
Preferred Content is handling U.S. sales, with Myriad handling international. Pacific Northwest Pictures will distribute the film in Canada.
Milani's cash prize will go towards her next project, "Strathcona," currently in development through Shore Road.
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