The Prism Prize has announced that Revolver Films is the recipient of the 2017 Special Achievement Award (presented by Slaight Music). The Prism Prize Special Achievement Award is presented to a Canadian music video icon for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.
Revolver Films’ Founder Don Allan will be presented with the Prism Prize statue, a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics at the Awards Presentation on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
As one of Canada’s oldest production companies, the Toronto based Revolver Films was founded in 1983, and has built a reputation for world-class advertising and award winning music-based films. Over the years the production company has been instrumental in shifting the approach and design for how music videos are produced, shifting focus from advertisement to creative and innovative work. The 2007 Revolver Films production of Feist’s iconic 1,2,3,4 was recently named by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of the most essential works in Canada’s visual history.
A winner of more than 30 MuchMusic Video Awards, including nine for best director, and over 45 Juno nominations, Revolver Films has collaborated with music industry heavyweights such as David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, The White Stripes, Lenny Kravitz, Leonard Cohen, Christina Aguilera, Janelle Monáe, Drake and many more.
“For years Revolver has been operating in the heart of Toronto, quietly killing it. They are the oldest production company in Canada, and consistently create interesting work. I can’t think of a company with a better track record in producing creative content,” said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.
On Sunday, May 14th, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Prism Prize, in addition to presenting the Special Achievement Award, will reveal the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year, two of which were produced by Revolver Films, Scott Cudmore’s “Amerika” by Wintersleep and Harrison’s “It’s Okay, I Promise.”
Several additional special awards will be announced on May 14th, including the Lipsett Award (sponsored by MuchFACT) for innovative and unique approaches to music video art, the Audience Award (presented by Noisey Canada) and the Hi-Fidelity Award (sponsored by FACTOR).