TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - In a revamped genetics lab at Toronto's
Mount Sinai Hospital, Telefilm Canada today announced the winners of
its second-annual Golden Box Office Award, a prize that recognizes the
Canadian writers and director of the Canadian English-language feature
film with the highest domestic box-office sales each year. The 2010
winners of the "Goldie" and accompanying cash prizes totalling $40,000
are director and co-writer Vincenzo Natali (Cube) and co-writer Doug Taylor (Naked Josh).
The science-fiction/horror feature, starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley and produced by Steve Hoban, grossed $2.1 million in domestic box office sales and $26.9 million worldwide.
"We are very pleased to be presenting the second-annual Golden Box
Office Award to Splice," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. "In a departure from most
box-office awards that honour producers and distributors, we wanted to
instead recognize the directing and script talent behind Canadian
cinema success stories. In celebrating the talent of Vincenzo Natali
and Doug Taylor, we want to raise the visibility of Canadian film, and
encourage other directors and writers to create unique Canadian stories
that have universal appeal."
Director and co-writer Vincenzo Natali added: "Making movies is much
like making a monster, you don't know what terror you've wrought until
it has escaped from the lab. The fact that Splice was a box office success in its native country is another testament to
Telefilm's foresight and their faith in Canadian filmmakers to produce
popular entertainment. Without their support this strange but beautiful
creature could never have come to life."
Co-writer Doug Taylor added: "Congratulations to Vincenzo for nurturing Splice from its very inception and for his great breadth of imagination and
daring. Huge thanks to Telefilm for this important recognition and for
supporting a film with aspirations to be both challenging and
entertaining. An award like this reminds me and my fellow writers that
we can stay in Canada, create an ambitious feature film for worldwide
release, and remain generously supported here at home."
About Splice (produced by Copperheart Entertainment and Gaumont, distributed in
Canada by Entertainment One)
Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley)
specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible
new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could
revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company
that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take
their boldest experimentation underground - risking their careers by
pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and
The film premiered in October 2009 at Sitges Film Festival, where it won
"Best Special Effects" and was in the running for "Best Film", and was
part of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film received a wide
release in the United States in June 2010 with Warner Bros. as
The inaugural 2009 Goldie was handed to the director and writers of the
film Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day. The second feature film in the Trailer Park Boys comedy franchise grossed $2.9 million in domestic box office sales.
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and
promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides
financial support to the private sector to create distinctively
Canadian products that appeal to domestic and international audiences.
Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund. Visit www.telefilm.gc.ca.
SOURCE TELEFILM CANADA
For further information:
Douglas Chow, Manager, External Communications
Telefilm Canada (514) 283-6363 ext. 2225
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