Published Mar 29, 2015This is the third year of the Prism Prize, and the annual award for Canada's best music video has now announced the winner of its 2015 instalment: Timber Timbre's "Beat the Drum Slowly," directed by Chad VanGaalen.
The award was presented this evening (March 29) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto during a ceremony in which the top 10 nominees were screened. VanGaalen was on hand to accept the trophy and the $5,000 cash prize.
Meanwhile, the Prism Prize Audience Award went to director Natalie Rae Robison for Kandle's "Not Up to Me." This award was decided by online votes.
Also at the event, director Jared Raab accepted the the Arthur Lipsett Award, which a press releases notes "recognize[s] an innovative and unique approach to music video art." Animator and cinematographer Christopher Mills was presented with the Prism Prize Special Achievement Award, which celebrates a Canadian music video artist for worldwide achievements.
VanGaalen was nominated twice for this year's Prism Prize, since he also animated the clip for his own song "Monster." Back in 2013, a clip he directed for Mother Mother was nominated for that year's prize.
In addition to the clips from VanGaalen, Timber Timbre and Kandle, the top 10 was rounded out by videos for songs by Rich Aucoin, Kevin Drew, Fur Trade, Ryan Hemsworth, the New Pornographers, Odonis Odonis and PUP.
Watch the winning video for "Beat the Drum Slowly" below.