Toronto critics name Watermark best Canadian film


Toronto critics on Tuesday night named Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark as the winner of the $100,000 Best Canadian Film Award.

The environmental crisis doc beat out Matt Johnson’s The Dirties, and Gabrielle, directed by Louise Archambault, for the top prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Archambault and Johnson each received $5,000 as runner-ups.

“Burtynsky and Baichwal have fused photography and the moving image to take the documentary literally where it’s never been before,” TFCA president Brian D. Johnson said in a statement about Watermark.

The TFCA also handed out the 2013 Allan King Documentary Award to The Act of Killing, by director Joshua Oppenheimer.

And Norman Jewison received the Clyde Gilmour Award, and then asked Technicolor to donate $50,000 in services to Jeff Barnaby, director of Rhymes For Young Ghouls.

Elsewhere, The Dirties‘ Matt Johnson won the Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, including a cheque for $5,000, while the best student film award, also worth $5,000 in cash, went to Ryerson University students Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg for their short film Noah.