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Here’s the shortlist of music videos for the 2023 Prism Prize

While we don’t have dedicated music video channels anymore, it doesn’t mean that the artform of making music videos is dead. On the contrary. With tools and materials readily available to everyone, music videos remain a thriving form of expression. The Prism Prize is the annual competition that seeks to honour creativity and originality in the field.

Here are the ten finalists for the 2023 shortlist.

  • Tanya Tagaq – Colonizer (Directors: Leah Fay Goldstein & Peter Dreimanis)
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Damn Right (Director: Sterling Larose)
  • Amanda Sum – Different Than Before (Director: Mayumi Yoshida)
  • Dan Mangan – Fire Escape (Director: Lester Lyons-Hookham)
  • MorMor – Here It Goes Again (Director: Adrian Villagomez)
  • Jessie Reyez – Mutual Friend (Director: Peter Huang)
  • Jean-Michel Blais – Passepied (Director: Adrian Villagomez)
  • BAMBII – Ride With Me (Directors: Kit Weyman & BAMBII)
  • Tanya Tagaq – Teeth Agape (Director: David Seitz)
  • PUP – Totally Fine (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

These videos will be voted on by a panel of 135 creative types from across the country with the winner receiving $20,000 cash. The gala event will be held on July 6 in Toronto. All are also eligible for the Audience Award which is determined by fan votes. The winner in that category will receive $5,000.

You can view all the videos and vote here.

There are also several other categories:

  • The Hi-Fidelity Award (supported by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) established to recognize recording artists who utilize music video in innovative ways;
  • The Lipsett Award, established to celebrate a unique approach to music video art; 
  • The Special Achievement Award (supported by The Slaight Family Foundation) established to recognize an exceptional contribution to music video art on the world stage; 
  • The 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, in the lead-up to the presentation.

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