Short doc A Hundred Joys wins WIFT Toronto Best in Showcase

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The film from Amanda Ann-Min Wong was among four media projects that took a prize at the annual Showcase awards.

A manda Ann-Min Wong’s short documentary A Hundred Joys won the top honour at the Women in Film and Television Toronto’s (WIFT Toronto) 13th annual Showcase.

Held in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre on May 18, the short doc won Best of Showcase, earning a $2,000 cash prize, as well as $2,500 in post-production work from Company 3, and a virtual meeting with Mongrel Media VP, sales and acquisitions Andrew Frank.

The showcase presented seven media projects spanning documentary, fiction and experimental, with four taking home a prize.

The Audience Choice award was presented to Beth Evans’ narrative short The Bubble, with a $1,000 cash prize and $2,500 in equipment rental services; Best Directing went to Josiane Blanc’s web series Hogtown for the episode “Stronger Together,” with a $2,000 cash prize and a virtual meeting with DGC Ontario chair Annie Bradley; while Best Writing went to Lindsay Lee for the “Splash Landing” episode of the kids series Miikshi, with a $2,000 cash prize, $250 in writing software from Final Draft, as well as a free script consultation and the chance to shadow a CBC drama and comedy writing room.

The awards for Best of Showcase, Best Director and Best Writing were determined by a jury of WIFT Toronto members. This year’s jury included ACTRA Toronto’s Luisa Alvarez Restrepo; former TIFF Next Wave committee member Visaree Bradshaw-Coore; actor Emilia Copeland; Maude DeMarco, Shaftesbury’s manager, marketing and communications; producer Raj Dhillon; producer Rebecca Gibson; Hot Docs’ Shagun Kanwar; producer Kai Little-White; producer Jo Proulx; actor Emily Schooley; and filmmaker and Playback 10 to Watch alum Asis Sethi.

WIFT Toronto executive director Karen Bruce said the submissions were a “testament to the resiliency of our members and the industry as a whole during challenging times,” in a statement. The other three projects featured in the showcase were the short doc Black River, the web series Band Ladies, and experimental short St. Clair W.

Pictured (L-R; photo by Laurie Januska): Company 3′s Lana Marie Hattar, Amanda Ann-Min Wong, Raj Dhillon