Christoph Rainer’s Requiem for a Robot wins $20K Emerging Filmmakers prize


RBC and the Toronto International Film Festival this morning announced that Christoph Rainer, of Vienna, Austria, is the national winner of the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition.

Rainer receives a $20,000 prize for Requiem for a Robot, which follows an alcoholic robot who, tortured by a recurring nightmare, returns to his creator to find out what has happened.

Canuck filmmakers Dan Popa of Montreal and Kevan Funk of Vancouver each received honourable mentions and $5,000 each.

Popa’s Tales of Santa Fe features a traveler sharing his impressions of a city through a photographic journey into his past, while Funk’s Destroyer follows a young athlete struggling with witnessing his teammates commit an act of violence.

The competition is part of the four-day TIFF Talent Lab, which provides artistic development opportunities to Canadian and international filmmakers. The filmmakers were given $500 cash to develop a one- to five-minute short film for the competition, the theme of which was “memory.”