Public Voting for Fan Favourite Starts June 1st
TORONTO, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - RBC and the Toronto International Film
Festival® today announced the finalists for the RBC Emerging Filmmakers
Competition. Reviewed by a jury comprised of esteemed producers,
directors and executives from Canada's film industry, the following
five finalists have been selected out of 20 "Family" themed
ESTHER AND LEIB - Sean Wainsteim - (Toronto, Ontario)
A raw portrait of Esther and Leib, a couple who met when escaping
Europe, as they reflect on the passing years and each other.
MY FIRST MOVIE - Gabriel Taraboulsy - (Montréal, Quebec)
Tasked with making a video portrait of her family, a young filmmaker
plants a hidden camera, capturing a vision of her family that is far
different from anything she imagined.
NEXT OF KIN - Kara Blake - (Montréal, Quebec)
Documenting the parallel lives of two sisters surviving a long, cold
winter in Montreal.
THE REVENGE PLOT - Jared Raab - (Toronto, Ontario)
After Matt and his friends are dissed in the schoolyard by a group of
girls, they set to work on an elaborate and merciless plan for revenge.
SATURDAY NIGHT - Kaveh Nabatian - (Montréal, Quebec)
New Year's Eve. Boy meets girl. A film about unprotected sex, destiny
and soul music.
From these top five films, the jury will decide the National Winner and
an Honourable Mention, each receiving $15,000 and $10,000 respectively.
Canadians from coast to coast can support the emerging filmmakers by
voting for the film they like, to help decide the Fan Favourite Award
which comes with a $5,000 cash prize. The public can vote from June 1
to June 30, 2011 until 11:59 p.m. EST and have the chance to win an all
expenses paid trip for two to the 2011 Toronto International Film
Festival. Vote online at www.rbc.com/fanfave.
"This year's submissions are an exceptional representation of the
talented crop of emerging filmmakers in Canada - the jury was faced
with a challenge, narrowing down the competition to just five films,"
said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF. "TIFF congratulates these high-calibre talents who interpreted the
Family theme brilliantly."
"We are thrilled to be involved in such an important arts initiative
that gives emerging filmmakers the opportunity to learn and grow," said
Jennifer Tory, RBC's Regional President for Greater Toronto. "For many
years, RBC has been working with talented filmmakers and industry
professionals to help them create their vision and achieve success in
the film business. We are particularly proud to recognize and celebrate
these rising new talents."
The RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition is part of Talent Lab, a
four-day intensive program at the Toronto International Film Festival
that offers artistic development opportunities to a select group of
emerging Canadian and international filmmakers. Each filmmaker is
provided with a portable camera, $500 cash and challenged to develop a
one to five minute short film for the competition. Each year the films
will focus on one topic - this year's theme is Family. Winners of the
RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition will be announced prior to this
year's Toronto International Film Festival.
About RBC and the Arts
RBC sponsors a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that
contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support
events and passions that resonate with our clients and all Canadians,
RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs
like the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, and the RBC Emerging
Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment as the Official Bank and
major sponsor of the world's top public film festival - the Toronto
International Film Festival®.
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform
the way people see the world through film. An international leader in
film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International
Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five
cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities;
and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The
organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD.
TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including
Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of
Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi
Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, Major Sponsor and
official bank RBC, Major Sponsor BlackBerry and Visa†. For more
information, visit tiff.net.
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