Ottawa’s young filmmaking phenom, Morgana McKenzie, has added some impressive new awards to her array of accolades.
At the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase in Toronto last weekend, Morgana won big. In a field of 39 young filmmakers presenting 24 short films in a variety of genres, from documentaries to fictional narratives and music videos, she won top honours, and was named Top Director for Atlas World.
A narrative music video for the song Atlas World by Liu Bei, Morgana’s brilliant motion picture involves a malignant spirit that forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld.
In the TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase National Division, Morgana again earned top honours, winning the Canada 150 Award for best film.
TIFF has taken its Jump Cuts competition national for the first time as part of Canada 150 celebrations. The May showcase brought together the best youth filmmaking talent from across the country for the screening and award ceremony. The showcase recognized the tremendous talent of young filmmakers all over.
And, as these latest awards attest, they don’t get more talented than Morgana McKenzie.
The jury was pretty impressive too.
“Reinforcing its ongoing commitment to the national cinema landscape, TIFF tapped its top programming and industry talent to make up the showcases’ juries. Jesse Wente, head of TIFF Cinematheque, Magali Simard, Senior Manager of Theatrical Programming, and Geoff MacNaughton, Senior Manager of Sales & Industry, were tasked with selecting winners … providing young filmmakers with the unique opportunity to have their work seen by some of TIFF’s primary decision makers at an early stage,” according to a TIFF release.
“Through the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase, TIFF has been able to widen the scope of the Canada on Screen initiative to recognize and nurture Canada’s future filmmaking talent,” says Emily Scheer, Senior Manager, Family & Youth Programming. “This year’s competition included entrants from all corners of the country, from Prince Edward Island to Nunavut. TIFF is pleased to be able to extend the parameters of the Jump Cuts competition enabling youth from all across the country share their stories through film.”
And we’re all pleased to congratulate Morgana McKenzie on her latest honours. Check her website to get an idea of the scope of her work and laurels.