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2009 Images Festival: Award Winners

By Mike Everleth ⋅ April 23, 2009

2009 Images Festival

The Images Festival is Toronto’s long-running annual event showcasing some of the best experimental film, video and performance work from around the world. Below is a list of award winners from their 22nd edition, which was held back on April 2-11. (You can see the full lineup here.)

Many, if not most, of the awards are given specifically to Canadian filmmakers, although there are some international awards given out, too. For each award, I’m including a brief description of what exactly is being honored, although sometimes that’s explicit just in the title of the actual award. Congrats to all the winners, who received some significant cash prizes, especially from the bigger sponsors:

Images Prize:
Steve Reinke (Chicago) for Boy/Analysis: An Abridgement of Melanie Klein’s “Narrative of a Child Analysis”
The grand prize of the festival, awarded in recognition of the Best Canadian Media Artwork. Cash prize: $500.

National Film Board of Canada Award:
Joshua Bonnetta (Toronto) for Parting
Awarded by the NFB to the Best Emerging or Mid-career Canadian Film or Video Maker in the festival. Cash prize: $5,000 in services.

Technicolor Cinematic Vision Award:
Amy Bodman (Toronto) for The Limits of What We Know
Honors excellence and innovation in the visual realization of a work by a Canadian film or video artist. Cash prize: $2,500 in Technicolor services.

Best International On Screen (Film) Award:
Deborah Stratman (Chicago) for O’er the Land
Honors the strongest new international film in the festival. Cash prize: $300.

Best International On Screen (Video) Award:
Duncan Campbell (Glasgow, Scotland) for Bernadette
Honors the strongest new international video in the festival. Cash prize $300.

OCAD Off Screen Award:
Pedro Paiva & Joao Maria Gusmao (Lisbon, Portugal) for Magnetic resonance on abissologic experiments
Honors the strongest new Canadian or international installation or new media work in the festival. Cash prize: $300.

Steam Whistle Homebrew Award:
Oliver Husain (Toronto) for Mount Shasta
Honors excellence and promise in a local artist. Cash prize: $500.

Overkill Award:
Ben Russell (Chicago) for The Black and White Gods
Presented annually to a film, video or installation artist whose work approaches extremes of incorrigibility through form and/or content and challenges our notions of edgy, experimental practice. Cash prize: $300.

Marian McMahon Award:
Naomi Uman (Los Angeles) for Kalendar
Given to a woman filmmaker each year to honor strong work in autobiography, the complexity of “subject” and the spirit of Marian McMahon.

York University Award for Best Student Film:
Daniel McIntyre (York University, Toronto) for It only hurts when I cry
Cash prize $300, plus a Gulf Islands Film and Television School scholarship covering tuition for any one-week Media Intensive Program of their choice and $250 worth of Super-8 to video transfer services from Frame Discreet.

Vtape Award for Best Student Video:
Pouyan Jafarizadeh Dezfoulian (York University, Toronto) for Morning Will Come
Cash prize: $300, plus $250 worth of Super-8 to video transfer services from Frame Discreet.

Ryerson University Award for Best Emerging Canadian Film/Videomaker from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA):
Lesley Loksi Chan (Toronto) for Curse Cures
Prize: $500 value of a continuing education course in the Chang School’s Film Studies program at Ryerson University.

Tom Berner Award:
Mike Hoolboom
Sponsored by The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, it commemorates the late Tom Berner, who for many years supported and nurtured Canadian filmmakers.