TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - RBC and the Toronto International Film
Festival® today announced the winners of the 2012 RBC Emerging
Filmmakers Competition. The films were reviewed by an esteemed panel of
producers, directors and executives and the winning filmmakers have
been awarded the following:
NATIONAL WINNER: $15,000
Jordan Canning - (St. John's, Newfoundland)
SECONDS - A man's life flashes before his eyes as he chokes to death on a piece of
HONOURABLE MENTION: $10,000
Johnny Ma - (Toronto, Ontario)
DEC 32 - The world struggles with an unprecedented situation where time stops
before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
FAN FAVOURITE: $5,000
Nimisha Mukerji - (Vancouver, British Columbia)
THE ARRIVAL HOUR - A newcomer arrives in Vancouver and searches for her destination through
Each year, participants are provided a theme to guide their creative
process and the theme for 2012 was "Time." The national winner and
honourable mention were selected from 17 submissions narrowed to five
finalists by the jury panel. Additionally, Canadians from coast to
coast had the opportunity to participate by viewing the five finalist's
films online and voting for the Fan Favourite Award.
"These talented filmmakers submitted thoughtful films with unique
treatment of the theme," said Piers Handling, director and CEO, TIFF.
"Talent Lab is an integral element of our TIFF Industry programming.
The Emerging Filmmaker's Competition is a natural extension of that
initiative. We are proud to partner with RBC because they share in our
commitment to the growth and development of the next generation of
"RBC is committed to supporting the development of talented filmmakers
and industry professionals," said Jennifer Tory, RBC's regional
president for Greater Toronto. "We're absolutely thrilled to award
these well-deserved honours to this year's competitors and look forward
to the continued success of our filmmakers."
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 $500 cash to develop a one to five minute short film for
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 and RBC. For more
information, visit tiff.net.
For further information:
Jackie Braden, Senior Manager, Brand Communications, RBC, 416-974-1724,
Jessica Goldberg, Account Manager, Weber Shandwick, 416-642-7970