The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2022 WIFF Prize in Canadian Film is Riceboy Sleeps directed by Anthony Shim. The announcement was made at a private reception on Sunday, October 30 with representatives of the ten nominated films, jury members, and guests in attendance.
The 10 nominees for the prize were announced at the annual WIFF at TIFF party in September. All 10 nominated films were screened during WIFF’s opening weekend.
“This intimate yet sweeping film is poignant, authentic, and visually powerful,” said the Jury. “Remarkable performances and assured direction bear witness to the complex story of how an immigrant mother and son navigate the profound challenges of displacement as they search for a sense of belonging.”
The other nominees were: 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; Something You Said Last Night directed by Luis De Filippis; The Swearing Jar directed by Lindsay MacKay; and To Kill A Tiger by Nisha Pahuja.
“Riceboy Sleeps is a sensitive, exquisitely judged film by a major talent in Anthony Shim,” said Vincent Georgie, Executive Director and Chief Programmer for WIFF. “Our congratulations to him, and a very special thanks to Jury President Magali Simard and her jury.”
The winner was selected by a jury of industry experts; 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; Glenn Sumi, Acting Managing Editor, NOW Magazine; Sally Lee, Executive Director Canadian Independent Screen Fund (CISF); and Joanna Miles, Marketing Executive.
The 2022 festival is proudly presented by the Toldo Foundation.
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