Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has selected up-and-comer Kelly Fyffe-Marshall to receive $50,000 in post-production services thanks to Company 3. The veteran filmmaker made his choice as part of the Company 3 Clyde Gilmour Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA). The TFCA, along with Company 3 vice-president and general manager James Fraser, bestowed the honour upon Mr. Cronenberg at its annual gala in March at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto. The announcement of Cronenberg’s support for Fyffe-Marshall comes as Cronenberg’s latest film, Crimes of the Future, is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Fyffe-Marshall is a rising star on the Canadian film scene who has quickly gained notice both for her films and for her activism. Her lyrical short film Black Bodies drew wide acclaim and won a Canadian Screen Award. Fyffe-Marshall was the 2020 winner of the TFCA’s Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Artists. She is currently in production for her first feature, When Morning Comes.
“Making an Indie film is often the only way to tell marginalized stories,” said Fyffe-Marshall in a statement from the TFCA. “But these stories, our stories, don’t deserve to stay on the sidelines. The success of When Morning Comes allows us to make ripples in the Canadian film landscape opening the doors for so many to follow. I am so thankful and appreciative to David Cronenberg for championing my film and selecting it to be the recipient of the Clyde Gilmour Award from TFCA and Company 3.”
“For me, this is a potent award to be giving because it specifically addresses the realities of post-production, which means that a film has actually been made and is being completed,” added Cronenberg in a statement. “There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming a new filmmaker with a strong new creation, and that the Company 3 Award has contributed to that emergence in a substantial, professional way is especially satisfying.”
The Company 3 Clyde Gilmour Award recognizes a figure in the Canadian film scene who has substantially enriched our appreciation and understand of Canadian film. Previous winners include Jason Ryle, Tantoo Cardinal, Piers Handling, and Deepa Mehta. The award allows the winner to personally select an emerging filmmaker to receive $50,000 in post-production services. Lina Rodriguez, who was selected to receive the pay-it-forward prize from 2019 winner Michele Maheux, recently debuted her film Mis dos voces, made with the support of the prize, at the Berlinale and Hot Docs.
“We applaud David’s choice to select Kelly Fyffe-Marshall as the recipient,” said Company 3’s James Fraser in a statement. “Kelly is a dynamic director and an impactful storyteller and Company 3 is excited to help her realize her vision for her feature film, When Morning Comes.”
Other winners at this year’s TFCA Awards includes Beans with the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Feature Award, Bretten Hannam for the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize, and Drive My Car for Best Film.