ANTHROPOCENE grabs $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award
, a film that chronicles humankind’s devastating impact on the environment, has been awarded the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association.
The award, the biggest annual prize in Canadian cinema, was given to filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier at the association’s annual gala Tuesday night by actor, writer and director Don McKellar. Photographer Edward Burtynsky shares the prize with them.
Runners-up by director Sofia Bohdanowicz (winner of last year’s Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist) and by director Sadaf Foroughi each received $5,000 from Rogers Communications.
It was the third win for Baichwal, who previously won Best Canadian Film for in 2006 and the 2013 Rogers Best Canadian Film prize (with Burtynsky) for .
“This year’s three nominated films speak to the extraordinary range and international outlook of Canadian cinema,” said Rogers vice-chair Philip B. Lind. “ presents a vision of environmental ruin on an unprecedented scale, with a profound and disturbing beauty. It’s a literal landmark and we are thrilled to celebrate its unique achievement.”
The association gave its Best Picture prize to and named Alfonso Cuaron Best Director for the film.
Other winners include:
- by Morgan Neville, awarded the $5,000 RBC Allan King Documentary Film Award.
- Writer/director Molly McGlynn, who received this year’s $10,000 Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist.
- Indigenous actor Tantoo Cardinal, who received the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award. As per tradition, the award comes with $50,000 in services from Technicolor, which Cardinal has conferred on writer, director and video artist Darlene Naponse, whose film , starring Cardinal, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018.
- The first ever TFCA Emerging Critic Award was given to Genevieve Citron, creator and lead editor of website.