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Watch all 10 cinematic tributes to the albums shortlisted for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize

Canadian filmmakers were invited to create films celebrating the 10 acts on this year's short list.
Lido Pimienta in her Polaris Music Prize short film, Miss Colombia: the Road Home. This year, all the shortlisted acts were invited to collaborate with filmmakers and create short films inspired by their albums. (Polaris Music Prize)

This year, the Polaris Music Prize celebration was like nothing you've seen before. Instead of a gala with live music, attended by artists and music fans, it became a special cinematic tribute to the 10 musical acts on the 2020 short list.

The Polaris Music Prize invited 10 Canadian filmmakers to each create a film inspired by one of the shortlisted albums. Watch them in full below. 


Backxwash, God Has Nothing to do With This Leave Him Out of It

Directed by Ashanti Mutinta and Chachi Revah.

Ashanti and Chachi are longtime collaborators, with Chachi serving as Backxwash's creative director. Their film is an open letter to Ashanti's father as told through a nightmarish fever dream.

Backxwash - God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
5:10
Polaris and CBC Music present God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It, a short film by Ashanti Mutinta and Chachi Revah. 5:10

Caribou, Suddenly

Directed by Isabella Salas and Mark Ó Fearghaíl.

Suddenly's mesmerizing visuals were created by training a data set of 64,000 overlapping images of exotic flowers, coral reefs and graphic patterns to react to the pitch and rhythm of Caribou's music. The result is both unearthly and deeply organic. 

Caribou - Suddenly (Short Film by Isabella Salas) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
2:59
Polaris and CBC Music present Suddenly, a short film by Isabella Salas and Mark Ó Fearghaíl. 2:59

Junia-T, Studio Monk

Directed by Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman.

The Monk is the name of Narcy's Junia-T inspired film, a meditation on a world after police abolishment, where the rhythm of progress is not always a steady beat.

Junia-T - The Monk (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
5:22
Polaris and CBC Music present The Monk by Yassin ‘Narcy’ Alsalman. 5:22

Kaytranada, Bubba 

Directed by Scott McPherson.

McPherson's work is a modern affair disguised as a fashion film. The dreamlike sets are real locations, like the Château de Rambouillet in northern France, interpreted through a surrealist lens.

Kaytranada - Vex Oh (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
2:44
Polaris and CBC Music present Vex Oh, a short film by Scott McPherson. 2:44

Néhiyawak, nipiy

Directed by Conor McNally.

One of the first things Néhiyawak ever recorded as a group was the score for McNally's film, ôtênaw. Their new collaboration features an interview with Reuben Quinn, an instructor of Nehiyaw language and philosophy for 16 years.

nêhiyawak - nipiy (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
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nipiy features an interview with Reuben Quinn, an instructor of Nehiyaw language & philosophy for 16 years. 3:07

Pantayo, Pantayo 

Directed by Tricia Hagoriles.

Led by an all-Filipinx creative team, this film is a mix of cyberpunk and folklore, telling a story of sisterhood and resistance. 

Pantayo - Huwag Mataranta! (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
4:55
Polaris and CBC Music present Huwag Mataranta!, a short film by Tricia Hagoriles. 4:55

Lido Pimienta, Miss Colombia 

Directed by Andres Landau and Lido Pimienta.

This film combines a quinceañera party-themed live performance with documentary footage that was shot while Pimienta recorded her album in Colombia in 2018 and '19.

Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia: The Road Home (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
5:56
Polaris and CBC Music present Miss Colombia: The Road Home by Andres Landau and Lido Pimienta. 5:56

Jessie Reyez, Before Love Came to Kill us 

Directed by Alicia K. Harris.

Fresh off winning best live action short drama at the Canadian Screen Awards, Alicia K. Harris updates the classic story of Love on the Run with a supernatural spin. For the Reyez superfans, keep an eye out for the Easter egg references to her lyrics throughout.

Jessie Reyez - When Love Came to Kill Us (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
4:04
Polaris and CBC Music present When Love Came to Kill Us, a short film by Alicia K Harris. 4:04

U.S. Girls, Heavy Light

Directed by Meg Remy, Norah Sadava and Colin Medley.

Inspired by the work and movement of Blondell Cummings, this film, called Woodstock '99, invites you to remember where you were when the infamous music festival went off the rails.

U.S. Girls - Woodstock ’99 (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
3:34
Polaris and CBC Music present Woodstock ’99, a short film by Meg Remy, Norah Sadava and Colin Medley. 3:34

Witch Prophet, DNA Activation

Directed by Witch Prophet and Frocasso.

This is an Afro-futurist dream, following Witch Prophet on a spirit-guided mission to open and strengthen her connection to her ancestors. It's also a family affair, starring Witch Prophet's mother, sister and two cousins.

Witch Prophet - DNA Activation (Short Film) | Polaris Prize 2020

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5 months ago
4:44
Polaris and CBC Music present DNA Activation, a short film by Witch Prophet and FROCASSO. 4:44

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