The Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary was awarded to Prey. As part of the award, the film received a $50,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Rogers Group of Funds. It is the largest cash prize for a documentary in the world.
DGC Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
Prey (D: Matt Gallagher; P: Cornelia Principe, Matt Gallagher, Nick Hector (co-producer); Canada)
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario, the award includes a $5,000 cash prize.
Jury statement: “This prize goes to a film with extraordinary access and a masterful edit, which was deliberate and exacting. The filmmaker had us in their grip from the first moment, leaving us with a heightened understanding of the lasting damage on innocent lives that can never be atoned for.”
★★★★ – National Post ★★★★ – Montreal Gazette ★★★★ – Vancouver Sun
★★★★ – Ottawa Citizen ★★★★ – Calgary Herald ★★★★ – Edmonton Journal
“A remarkable film editing job by Nick Hector”- POV
“Rob Stewart’s final masterpiece”- Toronto Life
“One last great act of environmental heroism”- The Globe and Mail
“A work of galvanizing activism rendered with heart and soul”- TIFF
“Amazing, majestic, beautiful…this film might be even more powerful than the first”- Vice
“A solid journalistic work that honours the man who made it”- NOW magazine
“The late Rob Stewart’s third film is also his best, adding urgency to the planetary concerns of his earlier films Sharkwater and Revolution with scenes of marine-life genocide that could make you weep tears of rage”. – Toronto Star
“A beautiful film from a beautiful soul”. – Alessandra Cannito, director of programming at Planet in Focus Film Festival
“A moving and lasting tribute to Stewart’s drive and determination… Some of Stewart’s strongest and most poignant work”. – The Gate
The tragic final film of shark advocate Rob Stewart has been announced as a Special Presentation for the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 6-16.
Stewart, a Toronto filmmaker and conservationist, died last year while making Sharkwater Extinction, the followup to his acclaimed 2006 debut Sharkwater. Stewart, 37, drowned in a scuba diving incident during filming near a shipwreck off the coast of Florida.The new movie will world-premiere at TIFF as a special-event tribute to the man and his work.
Sharkwater Extinction continues Stewart’s globe-trotting quest to stop the illegal poaching behind the shark fin industry, which kills millions of sharks annually and threatens their existence as a species.
On February 10th, the Canadian Cinema Editors is very excited to provide our membership with the first day-long symposium on the art and craft of film and television editing.
Narrative, character & emotion — how do we as storytellers bring these elements to an audience in a compelling and dramatic way? In documentary filmmaking, there are the added challenges of ethics, honesty, and “truth,” in however we are able to define them for ourselves. Editors in doc have such a deep involvement in shaping the films that they can become credited co-directors or co-writers. Join us as our panel (Mike Munn CCE, Michèle Hozer CCE & Nick Hector CCE) explores the profound level of authorship editors can have in crafting a documentary.