Published Mar 10, 2015Now in its third year, the Prism Prize honours the best in Canadian music video making. And while shortlist of nominees will have to wait until March 29 to find out who will take home this year's prize, the organizers have already handed out a couple of special pre-ceremony awards.
The Arthur Lipsett Award recognizes "an innovative and unique approach to music video art," and has been given to cinematographer and editor Jared Raab. Raab's style fuses the old with the new, restoring classic arcade cabinets in Tokyo Police Club's "Hot Tonight," creating 3D holographic projections in the Arkells' "Whistleblower," reprogramming Oscilloscopes in Born Ruffian's "What to Say" and creating the moving picture effect seen in Young Rival's "Black Is Good." In addition to these technical feats, he has also directed videos for Ohbijou, July Talk, Diamond Rings and PS I Love You.
The Prism Prize Special Achievement Award, meanwhile, is presented to a "Canadian music video artist for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage." This year's recipient is director, editor, animator and cinematographer Christopher Mills, who has created videos with bands like Modest Mouse, Interpol, Blue Rodeo, Rush, Metric, Shad and the Joy Formidable.
The Grand Prize will be awarded at the Prism Prize Awards Presentation on March 29 at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox. Following a screening of the 10 nominated clips, the Audience Award will also be handed out. Tickets for the event are available here.
Arcade Fire's video for "Afterlife" took home the Grand Prize last year, and you can revisit that piece in the player below.