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Jessie Reyez's 'Far Away' wins 2020 Prism Prize for top Canadian music video

The audience award goes to 'Cyanide Remix' by Daniel Caesar featuring Koffee.

The audience award goes to 'Cyanide Remix' by Daniel Caesar featuring Koffee

The video for Jessie Reyez's 'Far Away' was directed by Peter Huang. (Vevo screenshot)

The Prism Prize, which recognizes outstanding artistry in Canadian music videos, has announced that director Peter Huang has won its 2020 grand prize for his video for Jessie Reyez's "Far Away."

Huang receives $20,000 for his work, described by Louis Calabro, vice president of programming and awards at the Canadian Academy and founder of the Prism Prize, as "an unforgiving look at the world at large [and a] representation of reality for many people."

The fan-voted audience award went to directors Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown for their video for "Cyanide Remix" by Daniel Caesar featuring Koffee.

The winners were selected by a jury of more than 120 Canadian creative arts professionals, and announced during an online event on July 23, hosted by Haviah Mighty, that celebrated all 20 finalist videos.

The online event also honoured the following previously announced award recipients:

  • Hi-Fidelity Award for recording artists who use music video in innovative ways: Daniela Andrade.
  • Lipsett Award for unique approaches to music video art: Tranquilo.
  • Special Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to music video art on the world stage: Bardia Zeinali.
  • Willie Dunn Award for a Canadian trailblazer who has demonstrated excellence within the music video community: LaurieAnn Gibson, who selected emerging Scarborough-based director and producer Noor Khan to receive a $5,000 apprenticeship award.

All Prism Prize award recipients, including the grand prize, audience award, and all special award winners, receive equipment rental grants of $2,500. All top 20 runners-up receive a $500 cash prize.

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