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WIFF PRIZE IN CANADIAN FILM

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WIFF is committed to celebrating excellence in Canadian film by honouring Canadian films and filmmakers with an annual cash prize of $25,000. An independent jury comprised of film industry experts selects the winner. The English-Korean film RICEBOY SLEEPS, directed by Anthony Shim was the recipient of the 2022 prize. Nominees were announced on September 17th, 2022 at WIFF at TIFF, an annual celebration held on the rooftop of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, during the Toronto International Film Festival.

2022 Nominees


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PAST NOMINEES

Riceboy Sleeps
WINNER – RICEBOY SLEEPS

2022 nOMINEES

  • BROTHER, directed by Clement Virgo
  • ETERNAL SPRING, directed by Jason Loftus
  • FALCON LAKE, directed by Charlotte Le Bon
  • I LIKE MOVIES, directed by Chandler Levack
  • NORBOURG, directed by Maxime Giroux
  • NORTH OF NORMAL, directed by Carly Stone
  • RICEBOY SLEEPS, directed by Anthony Shim (WINNER)
  • TO KILL A TIGER, directed by Nisha Pahuja
  • SOMETHING YOU SAID LAST NIGHT, directed by Luis De Filippis
  • THE SWEARING JAR, directed by Lindsay MacKay
WINNER – KUESSIPAN

2019 nOMINEES

  • AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN, directed by Louise Archambault
  • ANTIGONE, directed by Sophie Deraspe
  • CASTLE IN THE GROUND, directed by Joey Klein
  • EASY LAND, directed by Sanja Zivkovic
  • GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND, directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni
  • JORDAN RIVER ANDERSON, THE MESSENGER, directed by Alanis Obomsawin
  • KUESSIPAN, directed by Myriam Verreault (WINNER)
  • MATTHIAS & MAXIME, directed by Xavier Dolan
  • PREY, directed by Matt Gallagher
  • WILLIE, directed by Laurence Mathieu-Léger

PAST JURIES

2022 Jury members

  • Magali Simard, Director of Industry and Community Relations at Cinespace Studios Toronto
  • Jason Gorber, film journalist and member of the Toronto Film Critics Association, OFCS and the Critics Choice Association
  • Sally Lee, Executive Director of the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC creators
  • Joanna Miles, marketing executive
  • Glenn Sumi, arts writer and editor

2019 jury members

  • Karen Bruce, Executive Director, Women In Film and Television Toronto
  • Isabelle Corriveau, Journalist, Radio-Canada
  • Joshua Riehl, Writer-Director, The Russian Five

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