Toronto Film Fest 2010: Emerging Filmmakers Competition

September 16, 2010 – Jennifer Tory, Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, RBC and Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, today announced the winners of the Emerging Filmmakers Competition. The awards were handed out at an event hosted by RBC, a partner of TIFF Talent Lab. 

Jane Tattersall’s HOT WATER was awarded the top prize in the competition and was presented with a cash prize of $15,000.  Stephen Dunn’s SWALLOWED was awarded an honourable mention in the competition, which comes with a cash prize of $10,000. Dunn’s film was also selected as the Fan Favourite, and was awarded a cash prize of $5,000.


“RBC’S continued support for the next generation of talent is critical to our ongoing success as an organization and we are greatly appreciative of their investment in TIFF,” said Handling. “The Emerging Filmmakers Competition has given us the chance to see how these talented filmmakers put all of their knowledge they develop during the Talent Lab programme to use.”


“Canadian filmmakers have proven themselves to be among the worlds most successful and imaginative,” said Tory. “RBC is proud to support the next generation of talent as they build their careers.”


The Emerging Filmmakers Competition was launched in 2009 and was created in an effort to sustain a connection with participants in the TIFF Talent Lab programme. Participants were each given a video camera and $500 to make a film on the subject of water. The theme for the 2011 competition will be announced shortly.