Haviah Mighty‘s “Thirteen,” directed by Theo Kapodistrias, is the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Prism Prize.
The 2021 Prism Prize recognizes the visual excellence of the Top 10 Canadian music videos of the year. The virtual presentation was narrated by Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon and written by music journalist Sajae Elder. During the ceremony, Mighty and Kapodistrias were awarded the Grand Prize and the $20,000 cash prize.
The fan-voted Audience Award went to directors Evan Elliot and Lance Sampson for Aquakultre’s “Pay It Forward.”
“Music videos have always possessed the power to expand a viewer’s experience beyong the song,” VP, Programming & Awards at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and Founder of Prism Prize Louis Calabro explains. “With ‘Thirteen,’ Haviah and Theo take it one step further with their powerful and important storytelling. This is artwork that we are honoured to add to the distinguished list of Prism Prize Grand Prize winners.”
Damn … ‘Thirteen’ just won the @PrismPrize 🤯
Yo. That’s crazy. Thank you soooo much! ✨💗💛🥰♥️🥺🤗✨
— 𝗛𝗔𝗩𝗜𝗔𝗛 𝗠𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗬 (@haviahmighty) July 27, 2021
Alongside the Grand Prize and Audience Awards, the Prism Prize also honoured several Special Award recipients. Check them out below.
Prism Prize Special Award Recipients:
Hi-Fidelity Award: This award recognizes recording artists who utilize music videos in innovative ways. This year, art punk band and multimedia collective Crack Cloud were awarded it.
Lipsett Award: Director and photographer Gennelle Cruz won this award, which celebrates a unique approach to music video art.
Special Achievement Award: Presented by Slaight Music, this award went to cinematographer Jordan Oram It was created to recognize an exceptional contribution to music video art on the world stage.
Willie Dun AWard: Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson was awarded this, and received a $2,500 honorarium. Supported by Telefilm Canada, the Willie Dunn Award is presented to a Canadian trailblazer who has demonstrated excellence within the music, music video, and/or film production communities. Leanne was slaso asked to select an emerging Canadian creative to spotlight during the virtual presentation. She selected Inuk musician Beatrice Deer, who was also the beneficiary of $2,500.
The Prism Prize jury reviews over 300 eligible Canadian music videos annually and vote to determine the Top 20 and the Top 10 shortlist. All other teams on the shortlist will get $1,000 courtesy of Patron partner Slaight Music.
Revisit the Top 10 list here.