TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - RBC and the Toronto International Film
Festival® today announced the winners of the 2011 RBC Emerging
Filmmakers Competition. Reviewed by a jury comprised of esteemed
producers, directors and executives from Canada's film industry, the
winning filmmakers have been awarded the following:
NATIONAL WINNER: $15,000
Kara Blake - (Montréal, Quebec)
NEXT OF KIN - Documenting the parallel lives of two sisters surviving a long, cold
winter in Montreal.
HONOURABLE MENTION: $10,000
Gabriel Taraboulsy - (Montréal, Quebec)
MY FIRST MOVIE -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.
FAN FAVOURITE: $5,000
Jared Raab - (Toronto, Ontario)
THE REVENGE PLOT - 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.
With 20 submissions in total, the jury selected the national winner and
honourable mention out of five finalists from across Canada. Canadians
from coast to coast helped determine the winner of the Fan Favourite
Award by viewing all five films online and voting for their preferred
"We would like to congratulate this year's talented group of winners,"
said Piers Handling, director and CEO, TIFF. "We continue to be impressed by the emerging talent in this country -
their vision, style and skill lead us to believe Canadian cinema is
heading in exciting directions."
"RBC is honoured to recognize Canada's emerging filmmakers," said
Jennifer Tory, RBC's regional president for Greater Toronto. "RBC has
supported talented filmmakers and industry professionals for many
years; we're thrilled to award these well-deserved prizes and look
forward to seeing all of the participants succeed and make their way
onto the big screen."
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.
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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