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Three Toronto filmmakers share $110,000 from local critics’ prize

Toronto filmmakers Hugh Gibson, Matt Johnson and Kazik Radwanski have agreed to share prizes totalling $110,000 awarded to them by members of the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Gibson took the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the TFCA’s 20th anniversary gala Jan. 10, for his documentary The Stairs, which chronicles the struggles and successes of three social workers over five years in Toronto’s Regent Park.

The runners-up were each entitled to $5,000: Johnson for Operation Avalanche, a hybrid drama and doc that imagines conspiracy and coverup in the Apollo 11 moon landing; and Radwanski for How Heavy This Hammer, a drama about a family man attempting to fight a mid-life crisis by way of a video-game obsession. However, the three filmmakers will equally split the total prize money of $110,000, provided by TFCA sponsor Rogers Communication, in a gesture of friendship and solidarity within the film community.

“The TFCA chose to recognize three young independent directors,” Gibson said in a news release. “In the case of myself and Kaz, the prize money exceeds our films’ entire budgets. Each of us could have won, and it was an easy decision to split the money: even divided, the prize guaranteed windfalls for everyone.”

Added Gibson: “Kaz and Matt have become integral parts of Toronto’s film scene. With this gesture, we send a message of mutual respect and prosperity. A rising tide lifts all boats.”

His sharing spirit was echoed by Johnson and Radwanski.

“It’s because of filmmakers like Hugh and Kaz that I will never leave Toronto,” Johnson said. “It’s the most vital place on the planet for young people to be making movies, and that’s especially based on the community of critics and creators that have popped up in the last five years.”

“We’ve all made films with nothing,” Radwanski said. “We know how empowering this amount of money can be when given directly to filmmakers. All I want is for Matt and Hugh to continuing making incredible films without compromise.”

The TFCA applauded the news.

“All three nominees are not only gifted filmmakers, but also generous souls,” said TFCA president Peter Howell, the Star’s movie critic. “This is a grand gesture of comradeship, which speaks to the close-knit Canadian film community that exists today.”

The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award is the richest annual film prize in Canada.

Source: Toronto Star

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Three Toronto filmmakers share $110,000 from local critics’ prize

Toronto filmmakers Hugh Gibson, Matt Johnson and Kazik Radwanski have agreed to share prizes totalling $110,000 awarded to them by members of the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Gibson took the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the TFCA’s 20th anniversary gala Jan. 10, for his documentary The Stairs, which chronicles the struggles and successes of three social workers over five years in Toronto’s Regent Park.

The runners-up were each entitled to $5,000: Johnson for Operation Avalanche, a hybrid drama and doc that imagines conspiracy and coverup in the Apollo 11 moon landing; and Radwanski for How Heavy This Hammer, a drama about a family man attempting to fight a mid-life crisis by way of a video-game obsession. However, the three filmmakers will equally split the total prize money of $110,000, provided by TFCA sponsor Rogers Communication, in a gesture of friendship and solidarity within the film community.

“The TFCA chose to recognize three young independent directors,” Gibson said in a news release. “In the case of myself and Kaz, the prize money exceeds our films’ entire budgets. Each of us could have won, and it was an easy decision to split the money: even divided, the prize guaranteed windfalls for everyone.”

Added Gibson: “Kaz and Matt have become integral parts of Toronto’s film scene. With this gesture, we send a message of mutual respect and prosperity. A rising tide lifts all boats.”

His sharing spirit was echoed by Johnson and Radwanski.

“It’s because of filmmakers like Hugh and Kaz that I will never leave Toronto,” Johnson said. “It’s the most vital place on the planet for young people to be making movies, and that’s especially based on the community of critics and creators that have popped up in the last five years.”

“We’ve all made films with nothing,” Radwanski said. “We know how empowering this amount of money can be when given directly to filmmakers. All I want is for Matt and Hugh to continuing making incredible films without compromise.”

The TFCA applauded the news.

“All three nominees are not only gifted filmmakers, but also generous souls,” said TFCA president Peter Howell, the Star’s movie critic. “This is a grand gesture of comradeship, which speaks to the close-knit Canadian film community that exists today.”

The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award is the richest annual film prize in Canada.

Source: Toronto Star

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Three Toronto filmmakers share $110,000 from local critics’ prize

Toronto filmmakers Hugh Gibson, Matt Johnson and Kazik Radwanski have agreed to share prizes totalling $110,000 awarded to them by members of the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Gibson took the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the TFCA’s 20th anniversary gala Jan. 10, for his documentary The Stairs, which chronicles the struggles and successes of three social workers over five years in Toronto’s Regent Park.

The runners-up were each entitled to $5,000: Johnson for Operation Avalanche, a hybrid drama and doc that imagines conspiracy and coverup in the Apollo 11 moon landing; and Radwanski for How Heavy This Hammer, a drama about a family man attempting to fight a mid-life crisis by way of a video-game obsession. However, the three filmmakers will equally split the total prize money of $110,000, provided by TFCA sponsor Rogers Communication, in a gesture of friendship and solidarity within the film community.

“The TFCA chose to recognize three young independent directors,” Gibson said in a news release. “In the case of myself and Kaz, the prize money exceeds our films’ entire budgets. Each of us could have won, and it was an easy decision to split the money: even divided, the prize guaranteed windfalls for everyone.”

Added Gibson: “Kaz and Matt have become integral parts of Toronto’s film scene. With this gesture, we send a message of mutual respect and prosperity. A rising tide lifts all boats.”

His sharing spirit was echoed by Johnson and Radwanski.

“It’s because of filmmakers like Hugh and Kaz that I will never leave Toronto,” Johnson said. “It’s the most vital place on the planet for young people to be making movies, and that’s especially based on the community of critics and creators that have popped up in the last five years.”

“We’ve all made films with nothing,” Radwanski said. “We know how empowering this amount of money can be when given directly to filmmakers. All I want is for Matt and Hugh to continuing making incredible films without compromise.”

The TFCA applauded the news.

“All three nominees are not only gifted filmmakers, but also generous souls,” said TFCA president Peter Howell, the Star’s movie critic. “This is a grand gesture of comradeship, which speaks to the close-knit Canadian film community that exists today.”

The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award is the richest annual film prize in Canada.

Source: Toronto Star

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