OCAD University Off Screen Award: Sponsored by the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), this award honours the strongest new Canadian or international installation or new media work in the festival. The recipient receives a $500 award.
Combining the personal, historical, technological and architectural, this work makes a compelling use of both narrative and spatial context. The OCAD University Off Screen Award goes to Jon Wang for *From its Mouth Came a River of High End Residential Appliances.*
York University Award for Best Student Work on Screen: Sponsored by York University’s Department of CINEMA & MEDIA ARTS awarded to the best student work on screen. The recipient receives $500.
For its idiosyncratic and playful use of materials, language and colour, the York University Award for Best Student Work on Screen goes to Caitlyn Craggs for Are You Tired of Forever?
Steam Whistle Homebrew Award: Sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing, this award honours excellence and promise in a local artist. The recipient receives $500 and a Steam Whistle Prize Package.
For its intimate exploration of form, and imaginative combinations of image and sound, the Steam Whistle Homebrew Award goes to Weibin Wang for Stroke.
Trinity Square Video Award: Sponsored by Trinity Square Video. This award honours the best GTA media artists at the Images festival. The recipient will receives a $100 membership + $1000 in-kind equipment rentals.
For its compelling narrative that weaves together fact and fiction, the Trinity Square Video Award goes to Sharlene Bamboat for The Wind Sleeps Standing Up.
Can’t Get You Out of My Head (Formerly known as the Overkill) Award: Sponsored by an anonymous donor. Established in 2000 to honour former Executive Director Deirdre Logue, this award is presented annually to an artist whose work approaches extremes of incorrigibility through form and/or content and challenges our notions of experimental practice. The recipient receives a $500 award.
For a dynamic and artful mobilization of archival material that celebrates both pleasure and spectacle, the Can’t Get You Out of My Head Award goes to Leilah Weinraub for Shakedown.
TD Bank Group award: Sponsored by TD Bank Group. This award honours the best media artwork at the Images festival. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize.
For a committed inquiry into the history of militant filmmaking and a powerful reactivation of a lost archive, the TD Bank Group award goes to Filipa Cesar for Spell Reel.
Marian McMahon Akimbo Award: Sponsored by Akimbo Art Promotion. This award is given to a woman filmmaker each year to honour strong work in autobiography, complexity of “subject” and the spirit of Marian McMahon.
The recipient is funded to attend the annual Independent Imaging retreat (Film Farm) and workshop in Mount Forest, Ontario. The recipient also receives $500 worth of transfer services courtesy of Frame Discreet.
For its poetic reflection upon the material specificity of photochemical film, and its active involvement with contemporary struggle, the Marian McMahon Akimbo Award goes to Collectivo Los Ingravidos for Sangre Seca.
More with Less Award: Sponsored by CFMDC, CARFAC Ontario, Charles Street Video, Dames Making Games, Gamma Space, ImagineNative, LIFT, SAW Video, Toronto Reel Asian Int’l Film Festival, Amar Wala and Anonymous. This award was established in 2015 to honour Scott Miller Berry (Images staff 2001-2015) and is presented annually to a project whose artwork does more with less and honours the resourceful spirit. The recipient receives a $1,500 cash prize.
For approaching curation in a resourceful and creative way, and creating something new out of existing artistic works, The More with Less Award goes to The Informants curated by Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys for its historical breadth and thought provoking humour.