Comedic and Animated Short Films Celebrate the Work
Behind the Scenes in Film and Television Production in Canada
TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) proudly
announces the winners of The REEL Challenge Contest - Take 4.
The 4th edition of The REEL Challenge, Celebrating the Movie and Television
Industry at Work: Behind the Scenes, showcased the importance of
promoting and protecting the dynamic production industry in Canada,
which in 2012 supported the livelihoods of over 130,000 artists,
creators and workers. Aspiring filmmakers were given the opportunity to
share this very important message and showcase their talents by
creating a 60 second comedic or animated short.
This year's contest awarded prizes of $7,500 for Best Comedic Short and
$7,500 for Best Animated Short.
James Cadelli from Enbrun, Ontario was awarded the prize for Best
Comedic Short for his entry 'Hands'. In his witty take on this year's
theme, 'Hands' showcases all of the people behind the camera who work
to support film and television production in Canada. The prize for Best
Animated Short was awarded to Maja Zonjic from Mississauga, Ontario for
her entry 'Preserve'. The 60 second animated short looks at the bigger
picture of film production in Canada, while asking the audience, "What
if all of the people behind the scenes didn't exist?"
Filmed entertainment takes enormous amounts of time, investment, and
effort to make - and in the age of the internet, no time at all to
steal. The REEL Challenge is an opportunity to help tell the story of
a dynamic production industry in Canada that supports the livelihoods
of the thousands of artists, creators, and workers - in front of the
camera and behind it - who shoot and put together entertainment that
make us cry, laugh, or even see our world differently.
"Protecting our industry is how we ensure its longevity. There are
countless people who work daily in the production industry in Canada
and we want to acknowledge them," said Slawko Klymkiw, CFC's Chief
The two winning entries are available to watch at www.thereelchallenge.ca.
The contest ran from October 16, 2012 until February 25, 2013. Only
films of a comedic or animated nature were eligible to enter.
The REEL Challenge Contest is an initiative of the Canadian Film Centre,
supported by the Copyright Collective of Canada.
Celebrating 25 years, CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest
talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. A
charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in
Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and
distribution opportunities, industry collaborations and creative
partnerships for top creative content leaders. CFC makes a significant
cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's
most creative ideas and voices to the world.
The REEL Challenge - Winners' Biographies Maja Zonjic - Animated Short
Maja Zonjic is a Toronto-based documentary photographer and filmmaker.
With a M.F.A degree in Documentary Media, Zonjic creates work that
explores the interwoven layers of life through social, economic, and
political undercurrents in an effort to affect social change through
the documentary medium. She has exhibited and screened her work within
Canada and internationally. Additionally, her work has been published
in Verge Magazine, Torontoist, Surface and Symbol, Red Flag Magazine,
and Function Magazine amongst others. Zonjic is currently directing
Postcards from Utila - a feature-length documentary film examining the
exacerbation of environmental degradation due to unsustainable tourism
development in Honduras.
James Cadelli - Comedic Short Winner
James Cadelli is a video artist and illustrator. He developed an eye for
the visual arts growing up in the town of Embrun, Ontario. He currently
works all over Central Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Film Centre
For further information:
For media inquiries, please contact:
Communications Coordinator, CFC
416-445-1446 ext. 286