Finalists announced for 2013 RBC emerging filmmakers competition

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RBC and the Toronto International Film Festival have announced five finalists for the 2013 RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition, including two Canadian filmmakers from Vancouver and Montreal.

The finalists are Rafael Balulu from Tel Aviv, Israel with My Name is Solomon Hagos; Kevan Funk of Vancouver with Destroyer; Mako Kamitsuna from L.A. with The Lull Breaker; Dan Popa of Montreal with Tales of Santa Fe; and Christoph Rainer from Vienna, Austria with Requiem for a Robot.

The filmmakers received a $500 bursary to each develop a one- to five-minute short film on the topic of memory.

The finalists were chosen from a group of filmmakers who participated in the TIFF Talent Lab, a four-day artistic development lab that takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival.

The winner will receive $20,000 and an honourable mention will receive $10,000, to be announced on Sept. 4.

The 2013 panel of jurors who selected the finalists included Montreal doc producer and director Jennifer Baichwal (Payback); Edmonton producer Atif Ghani (Ill Manors); Montreal director Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time, Inescapable); and Montreal-based producer André Rouleau (Starbuck).