Closning Night and + Awards
Cinesephere: Ontario Place
Awards are followed by Closing Night: Outer Worlds, guest curated by Janie Marchessault
Join us for our annual images awards ceremony preceding closing night screening (p.73), where our esteemed jury announce the winners of the 2019 Images Festival awards.
We are pleased to welcome local artist Michèle Pearson Clarke, New Delhi-based filmmaker Priya Sen, and film writer Lydia Ogwang to the Award Juries this year. Jury members attend programs throughout the festival and convene to select the winning films, as well as award honourable mentions to selected films.
More With Less Award
Sponsored by CFMDC, Charles Street Video, Dames Making Games, Gamma Space, ImagineNATIVE, LIFT, Reel Asian, Saw Video, Trinity Square Video, and Anonymous. Established in 2015 to honour Scott Miller Berry (Images staff from 2001-2015), this award goes to a work that best demonstrates a resourceful artistic intent, doing more with less. $1,500 cash.
OCADU Off Screen Award
Awarded to the best off screen installation in the festival. $500 cash.
Steam Whistle Homebrew Award
Honours excellence and promise in a local artist. $500 cash and a Steam Whistle prize package.
Sponsored by an anonymous donor. Established in 2000 to honour former Executive Director Deirdre Logue.
To an artist whose work is impervious to constraints – willful, unruly and uncontrollable. $500 cash.
Marian McMahon Akimbo Award
Sponsored by Akimbo Art Promotion. Awarded to a woman filmmaker 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. $500 in-kind transfer services courtesy of Frame Discreet.
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. $500 cash.
Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. She is currently a contract lecturer in the Documentary Media Studies Program at Ryerson University, and she is a finalist for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2019 Artist Prize.
Priya Sen works as a filmmaker and artist across film/ video, sound and installation. She has worked with experimental media practices in collectives, as well as taught experimental film. Her work with film and sound tends to centre around questions of form and urban ethnography; she is trying to explore itinerant and egalitarian fi lm forms. ‘Yeh / This Freedom Life’ is her first feature documentary. She lives and works in New Delhi.
Lydia Ogwang is a writer and editor, and a member of TIFF's festival programming team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was formerly a senior editor at cléo journal and has written for Cinema Scope, The Brooklyn Rail, TIFF's The Review, BAMcinématek, and others.