Vancouver indie band Belle Game took home the top prize at this year's Prism Prize ceremony, which happened in Toronto on Sunday night. The Kevan Funk-directed visual for "Low" beat out 19 other finalists to claim the Prism Prize trophy and a $15,000 cash prize.
The winning video is a striking statement on the seperation of intimacy and sexual contact, and uses the robotic and somewhat bizzare setting of a sex doll factory to drive its point home. "We made this film with four of us running around L.A.," Funk shared in his acceptance speech. "It was really weird and really fun, and I'm really proud of the work we made."
Some other awards given out included the Audience Award (to Said the Whale's "UnAmerican"); the Special Achievement Award, which honours a Canadian artist for their contributions to music video art on a world stage (this year it went to Lacey Duke); the Lipsett Award, recognizing an innovative and unique approach to music video art (to Soleil Denault this year); and the Hi-Fidelity Award, for exhibiting a strong visual identity through music video (to Clairmont The Second). All award recipients received $2,500 grants, and the remaining Top 10 finalists received $500 cash rewards.
Revisit the winning music video by Belle Game above and visit the Prism Prize site for the full details.