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Here is the shortlist for the 2021 Prism Prize, which honours the makers of Canadian music videos

After much nominating, lobbying, evaluating, and voting, we now have the shortlist of 10 great Canadian-made music videos in the 2021 Prism Prize. They can all be viewed here. The nominees in alphabetical order are:

Andy Shauf – Clove Cigarette (Directors: Colin Medley, Jared Raab & Luca Tarantini)
Clairmont The Second – DUN (Director: Clairmont The Second)
Haviah Mighty – Thirteen (Director: Theo Kapodistrias)
Lido Pimienta – Nada (feat. Li Saumet) (Director: Paz Ramirez)
Mustafa – Air Forces (Directors: Glenn Michael & Christo)
Rich Aucoin – Walls (Director: Jason Levangie)
Savannah Ré – Opia Experience (Director: Yasmin Evering-Kerr)
Sean Leon – 90 BPM (Director: Sean Leon)
TOBi – 24 (Toronto Remix) (feat. Haviah Mighty, Shad, Jazz Cartier, & Ejji Smith) (Director: Kit Weyman)
Witch Prophet – Tesfay (Director: Leah Vlemmiks)

More than 300 videos were reviewed before a cull down to 20 (that list came out in April) and now to 10 finalists. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 26, at 8pm with a livestream through The grand prize is $20,000 cash. Everyone else will receive $1,000.

There are several other awards, too:

  • Hi-Fidelity Award: Given to artists who use music video in innovative ways
  • Lipsett Award: Established to “celebrate a unique approach to music video art”
  • Special Achievement Award (presented by Slaight Music): Established to “recognize an exceptional contribution to music video art on the world stage.”
  • Willie Dunn Award (supported by Telefilm Canada): Presented to “a Canadian trailblazer who has demonstrated excellence within the music, music video and/or film production communities.”

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