David Zitzerman, a member of the Canadian Film Centre’s Board of Directors, announced the winners of the fifth edition of The REEL Challenge Contest at the Canadian Media Production Associationâ€™s (CMPA) Prime Time in Ottawa conference. This yearâ€™s theme, Movies Matter â€“ The Big Picture, was an opportunity for filmmakers to produce a compelling short film that showcases the important contribution of the film and television production industry to Canadaâ€™s economy ($5.8 billion in 2012) and the over 127,000 Canadians who play an integral part in taking a movie or television show from a simple idea to your living room or local theatre.
The first place winner was Christian Macklam, of Vancouver, BC. Macklam will receive $10,000 for his original short THE DATE, a work that humorously illustrates the bigger picture of filmmaking.
Second place winner Paul Leli of Toronto, ON will receive a $5,000 prize for his short film THE DREAM, an impressive Claymation piece that shows us why movies matter, seen through the eyes of a young boy.
FIRST PLACE WINNER: The Date
A first date goes downhill when a young filmmaker tries to describe what he does for a living.
Directed by : Christian Macklam - CANADA
Written by : Christian Macklam
Produced by : David Tang, Christian Macklam, Gavin Templer
Edited by : Christian Macklam
Cast : Iain Belcher, Mellisa Morgan
Length : 1:00
SECOND PLACE WINNER: Dream
Dream: A story of a boy who realizes he can follow his dream by bringing it to life through film.
Directed by : Paul Leli - CANADA
Written by : Paul Leli
Produced by : Paul Leli / Rob Sgrignoli
Edited by : Rob Sgrignoli
Length : 1:00