September 4, 2013 10:26 am
Updated: September 4, 2013 10:27 am

Austrian wins Emerging Filmmaker Competition at TIFF

A scene from 'Requiem for a Robot' by Christoph Rainer.

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TORONTO — Austria’s Christoph Rainer was named the winner of the 2013 RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition ahead of Thursday’s start of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

A panel of producers, directors and executives chose Rainer for his Requiem for a Robot, the story of an alcoholic robot who returns to his creator for answers.

Rainer receives a $20,000 prize.

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Two Canadian directors were awarded honourable mentions: Montreal’s Dan Popa (for Tales of Santa Fe) and Vancouver’s Kevan Funk (for Destroyer). Each receives $5,000.

The three filmmakers were among five finalists chosen from 16 submissions for the annual competition. Each was given $500 to create a short film under five minutes in length with this year’s theme, memory.

“These winning films demonstrate the work of unique, emerging voices in filmmaking,” said Piers Handling, director and CEO, TIFF, in a press release.

Watch Christoph Rainer’s winning film here:

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