TORONTO, September 7, 2011 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:
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 choice.
"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 Visać. For more information, visit tiff.net.
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