TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC and the Toronto International Film Festival today announced the winners of the 2013 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: $20,000
Christoph Rainer, Vienna, Austria
REQUIEM FOR A ROBOT - Tortured by a recurring nightmare, an alcoholic robot has nothing left but a corrupt memory. In order to find out what has happened, he returns to his creator.
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: $5,000 each
Dan Popa, Montreal, Canada
TALES OF SANTA FE - A traveler shares his impressions of a city through a photographic journey into his fragmented past.
Kevan Funk, Vancouver, Canada
DESTROYER - A young athlete struggles with the weight of witnessing his fellow teammates commit an act of violence.
Each year, participants are provided a theme to guide their creative process and the theme for 2013 was Memory. The national winner and honourable mentions were selected from 16 submissions and then narrowed to five finalists by the jury panel. The other finalists were Rafael Balulu (Israel) and Mako Kamitsuna (U.S.).
"These winning films demonstrate the work of unique, emerging voices in filmmaking," said Piers Handling, director and CEO, TIFF. "The Emerging Filmmakers Competition is a platform to share these voices and we are thrilled to partner with RBC once again on this initiative."
"We look forward to seeing how up-and-coming filmmakers interpret, define and express the theme each year," said Jennifer Tory, RBC's regional president for Greater Toronto. "The winning films chosen this year represent the talent and creativity that make us proud to support TIFF and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition."
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 the competition.
About RBC and the Arts
RBC supports a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Through the RBC Emerging Artist Project, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition. In 2012, RBC contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships. For more information, please visit rbc.com.
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 $189 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.
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