This Sunday, March 23, the second annual Prism Prize will be announced for best Canadian music video of the year, chosen "based on artistic merit." Out of ten clips distinguished by a jury of 90+ Canadian music and film industry professionals, bloggers and journalists for their originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution, one will be selected as the winner.
Watch all ten 2013 Prism Prize shortlisted videos below, along with a one-line summary of each. Then read our roundtable discussion with all eight nominated Canadian directors.
Jessy Lanza, "Kathy Lee" (directed by Lee Skinner)
Jessy wanders through fields and junk shops, while the locally-famous "dancing guy," Jed Lifeson, shuffles the streets of Hamilton.
Arcade Fire, "Afterlife" (directed by Emily Kai Bock)
A family's bond is strengthened in dreams.
The Belle Game, "River" (directed by Kheaven Lewandowski)
An initially successful night out in Tokyo leads a man on a journey.
Keys N Krates, "Dum Dee Dum" (directed by Amos LeBlanc)
A bunch of people pretend to be Mennonites and dance for our amusement.
Drake, "Started From The Bottom" (directed by Director X and Drake)
The Drake True Hollywood Story, starring Drake, the OVO Crew and Shoppers Drug Mart as themselves.
Shad, "Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)" (directed by Che Kothari)
Old Man Shad MCs a family gathering with lots of food, breakdancing and rap.
Hollerado, "So It Goes" (directed by Marc Ricciardelli)
A music video within a documentary about Hollerado singer Menno Versteeg's Dutch grandfather and the Nazi soldier who spared his life.
Majical Cloudz, "Childhood's End" (directed by Emily Kai Bock)
An impressionistic portrait of loss, with a devastating performance by Kenneth Welsh, father of the band's frontman Devon.
Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" (directed by Anton Corbijn)
A rehearsal in the back of a van turns into a highly symbolic funeral (like the album!) for disco. Or something.
Young Galaxy, "New Summer" (directed by Ivan Grbovic)
Several complimentary visions of the apocalypse are adapted from a sampling of CGI sequences.