Director Theo Kapidistrias is that this yr’s high winner of the Prism Prize for his work on the music video for Haviah Mighty’s 13, organizers stated Monday.
The win, one in all a number of prizes recognizing achievement and artistry in Canadian music movies, comes with $20,000.
Kapidistrias’s work on Mighty’s video beat out that of 9 different shortlisted artists, who did movies for musicians together with TOBi, Mustafa and Sean Leon.
Alongside Kapidistrias’s win, the fan-voted viewers award went to administrators Evan Elliot and Lance Sampson for his or her work on the video for Acquakultre’s Pay it Ahead.
The winners had been introduced in a digital ceremony — the second such Prism presentation for the reason that starting of the COVID-19 pandemic — narrated by Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon.
WATCH | The making of the 13 music video:
13 has been turning heads since its launch in 2019 on Mighty’s debut album thirteenth Ground — which gained her the Polaris Music Prize that yr, making her the primary hip-hop artist to take action within the prize’s 14-year historical past.
Chatting with CBC Music forward of the video’s launch final yr, Mighty stated the music particularly addresses the US’ thirteenth Modification, which abolished slavery besides, notably, a punishment for crime, with with a common message.
“In the event you take heed to the music, I feel it is clear the way it ties in to each Black particular person globally,” she stated.
Kapidistrias each directed and animated the video, and advised CBC he designed it appear like a storybook.
Louis Calabro, vp of programming and awards on the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Tv and founding father of the prize, famous the video’s highly effective message and talent to “increase a viewer’s expertise past the music.”
“That is art work that we’re honoured so as to add to the distinguished checklist of Prism Prize Grand Prize winners,” Calabro was quoted as saying in a press launch.
Additionally on Monday, art-punk band Crack Cloud gained the Hello-Constancy Award, which acknowledges “recording artists who make the most of music video in modern methods.” Gennelle Cruz gained the Lipsett Award — given to a creator who takes a singular method to music video artwork — and Jordan Oram gained the particular achievement award.
Lastly, famous scholar, author and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson gained the Willie Dunn Award. That prize — given in reminiscence of the Montreal-born singer-songwriter, movie director and politician — is “offered to a Canadian trailblazer who has demonstrated excellence inside the music, music video and/or movie manufacturing communities.”
As a part of that award, Simpson obtained a $2,500 honorarium, and the chance to pick out an rising Canadian artist to highlight through the presentation and to be given an honorarium of their very own. Simpson selected Inuk musician Beatrice Deer.
Earlier winners of the Prism Prize embody Kevin Funk for Belle Recreation’s Low, Fantavious Fritz for Charlotte Day Wilson’s Work, and Martin C. Pariseau for Kaytranada’s Lite Spots. Final yr noticed director Peter Huang win for his work on Jessie Reyez’s Far Away, at a digital presentation hosted by Haviah Mighty.