RBC and TIFF Announce Top Five Finalists in Emerging Filmmakers
Public Voting for Fan Favourite Starts June 1st
TORONTO, May 31, 2011 RBC and the Toronto
International Film Festival® today announced the finalists
for the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition. Reviewed by a
jury comprised of esteemed producers, directors and executives
from Canada's film industry, the following five finalists
have been selected out of 20 "Family" themed submissions:
- ESTHER AND LEIB - Sean Wainsteim - (Toronto, Ontario)
A raw portrait of Esther and Leib, a couple who met when
escaping Europe, as they reflect on the passing years and
- MY FIRST MOVIE - Gabriel Taraboulsy - (Montréal,
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.
- NEXT OF KIN - Kara Blake - (Montréal, Quebec)
Documenting the parallel lives of two sisters surviving
a long, cold winter in Montreal.
- THE REVENGE PLOT - Jared Raab - (Toronto, Ontario)
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.
- SATURDAY NIGHT - Kaveh Nabatian - (Montréal,
New Year's Eve. Boy meets girl. A film about unprotected
sex, destiny and soul music.
From these top five films, the jury will decide the National
Winner and an Honourable Mention, each receiving $15,000 and
$10,000 respectively. Canadians from coast to coast can support
the emerging filmmakers by voting for the film they like,
to help decide the Fan Favourite Award which comes with a
$5,000 cash prize. The public can vote from June 1 to June
30, 2011 until 11:59 p.m. EST and have the chance to win an
all expenses paid trip for two to the 2011 Toronto International
Film Festival. Vote online at www.rbc.com/fanfave.
"This year's submissions are an exceptional representation
of the talented crop of emerging filmmakers in Canada - the
jury was faced with a challenge, narrowing down the competition
to just five films," said Piers Handling, Director and
CEO, TIFF. "TIFF congratulates these high-calibre talents
who interpreted the Family theme brilliantly."
"We are thrilled to be involved in such an important
arts initiative that gives emerging filmmakers the opportunity
to learn and grow," said Jennifer Tory, RBC's Regional
President for Greater Toronto. "For many years, RBC has
been working with talented filmmakers and industry professionals
to help them create their vision and achieve success in the
film business. We are particularly proud to recognize and
celebrate these rising new talents."
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. Winners of the RBC Emerging
Filmmakers Competition will be announced prior to this year's
Toronto International Film Festival.
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
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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For further information:
Brand Communications, RBC
Creative Communications, 416-628-5613