Ottawa, December 13, 2010 – Internationally renowned Winnipeg video artist and filmmaker Guy Maddin is the winner of the 2010 Bell Award in Video Art announced the Canada Council for the Arts today. Administered by the Canada Council, the $10,000 award recognizes exceptional contribution by a Canadian video artist to the advancement of video art and the development of video practices.
Guy Maddin is a Winnipeg-based video artist and filmmaker with innumerable shorts and ten features to his credit, including cult classic Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988); and Archangel (1990), which won the U.S. National Society of Film Critics Award for best experimental film of the year.
Since then he has won many other awards including the Telluride Silver Medal for life achievement (1995), an Emmy Award for his ballet movie Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002), the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Persistence of Vision award (2006), and created dozens of beguiling films in his unique personal style. These include such celebrated feature works as The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Brand upon the Brain! (2006); and My Winnipeg (2007), which won the Toronto International Film Festival City TV Prize for Best Canadian Feature.
Mr. Maddin is also a writer and teacher, and occupies the position of Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence at the University of Manitoba.
Mr. Maddin was selected by a peer assessment committee made up of Jim Sinclair (Vancouver), Barbara Sternberg (Toronto) and John Zeppetelli (Montreal).
In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council is committed to raising public awareness and celebrating these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and an international level.