RBC and TIFF announce finalists for the 2013
RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition
TORONTO, July 17, 2013 - RBC and TIFF today announced
the five finalists for the 2013 RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition.
Now in its fourth year, the competition asked filmmakers to
develop a one to five minute short film on the topic of 'memory'.
The 2013 RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition finalists are:
Rafael Balulu, Tel Aviv, Israel
MY NAME IS SOLOMON HAGOS - My name is Solomon Hagos. I am
from Eritrea. In Eritrea, I was forcibly recruited to Sawa
military training base against my will. I left the country
illegally to escape these harsh conditions. If I am returned
to Eritrea, they will imprison me, torture me, and maybe even
Kevan Funk, Vancouver, Canada
DESTROYER - A young athlete struggles with the weight of witnessing
his fellow teammates commit an act of violence.
Mako Kamitsuna, Los Angeles, United States
THE LULL BREAKER - A housewife, a victim of domestic violence,
relives a childhood trauma that initiated her to an act of
Dan Popa, Montreal, Canada
TALES OF SANTA FE - A traveler shares his impressions of a
city through a photographic journey into his fragmented past.
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.
The finalists have been selected by a panel of esteemed jurors
of directors and producers. The five emerging artists were
chosen from a group of up-and-coming filmmakers who participated
in TIFF Talent Lab, a four-day intensive lab during the Toronto
International Film Festival that offers hands-on, artistic
development opportunities. Each filmmaker was given a $500
bursary donated by RBC to make a one to five minute short
The winner and honourable mentions will be announced September
4, 2013 at a news conference prior to the start of the Toronto
International Film Festival. The winner will receive $20,000
and the honourable mention will receive $10,000.
"Each year, we are excited to see the thoughtful, creative
and interesting films that are produced for the RBC Emerging
Filmmakers Competition," said Jennifer Tory, RBC's regional
president for Greater Toronto. "TIFF plays an integral
role in promoting up-and-coming filmmakers in Canada and abroad.
We are enthusiastic about lending our support to grassroots
"The RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition is an annual
celebration of the works of artists to watch," said Piers
Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF. "We are proud to partner
with RBC who, through this competition and through their many
initiatives, continue to focus on and support emerging artists
The panel of esteemed jurors for 2013 include:
Jennifer Baichwal, a Montreal-born documentary producer
and director, has been recognized with awards for her films
at home and abroad including: Let it Come Down: The Life
of Paul Bowles (1998) Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
and most recently Payback (2012).
Atif Ghani, born in Edmonton, is currently working
on his fourth feature film, Anima State. His previous works
include two foreign language films; The Last Thakur
(2008) and Leaving Baghdad (2010) and his most recent
film, Ill Manors premiered at the Toronto International
Film Festival in September 2012.
Ruba Nadda is a Canadian film director born in Montreal,
who has made many short-films that received international
recognition before moving to feature films. In 2009, her film
Cairo Time won Best Canadian Feature film at the Festival.
André Rouleau is a producer and founder of
Caramel Films. He is best known for his box office successes:
Funkytown (2011), Goon (2011) and Starbuck
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 $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.
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For more information, please contact:
Communications, RBC, 416 974-1724
TIFF Communications Department, 416 934-3200, firstname.lastname@example.org