Toronto fringe filmmaker Hoolboom wins award

Toronto videographer and filmmaker Mike Hoolboom has won the $10,000 Bell Award in Video Art, the Canada Council for the Arts announced Wednesday.

Toronto videographer and filmmaker Mike Hoolboom has won the $10,000 Bell Award in Video Art, the Canada Council for the Arts announced Wednesday.

Hoolboom is a leading fringe filmmaker, videomaker and curator. Since 2004, he has been working on Fringe Online, a web project that presents the works of Canadian media artists.

He is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective, a former artistic director of the Images Festival and experimental film co-ordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Hoolboom's numerous works include 2009's Mark, 2006's Fascination and 1998's Panic Bodies.  He also has been recognized for his films dealing with AIDS, including Letters from Home. He has made more than 50 films, but celebrates the impermanence of his work, often destroying or recutting old videos.

Hoolboom has had 11 international retrospectives of his films, including recent shows in Poland and Argentina. He also has received lifetime achievement awards from the city of Toronto and the Mediawave Festival in Hungary.

The award, administered by the Canada Council, recognizes exceptional contribution to the advancement of video art and practices in Canada.