The Prism Prize has been highlighting the importance of music video art and those that create it for the past seven years. Not only do they award field-defining directors and artists, they gather and curate videos year-round at prismprize.com and, most recently, fund their creation with their RBCxMusic collaboration MVP Project.
Last night, this year’s top ten shortlisted videos were screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox alongside the Prize’s award presentations. Kevan Funk took home the $15,000 2019 Grand Prize for directing Belle Game’s “Low” while the Audience Award went to director Johnny Jansen for Said The Whale’s “UnAmerican” video. Other acknowledgement moments during the night included Soleil Denault receiving the Lipsett Award which recognizes innovation and a unique approach to music video art, Clairmont The Second bagging the Hi-Fidelity Award for exhibiting a strong visual identity through music video, and Lacey Duke being honoured with the Prism Prize Special Achievement Award which honours a Canadian music video artist for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.
Congratulations to all the winners and to the Prism Prize for their work at building reverence and appreciation for an important, many times under-appreciated artform.