Director Norman Jewison honoured by Toronto critics

Norman Jewison, pictured in February 2013. Getty Images

TORONTO – Veteran filmmaker Norman Jewison is being honoured by the Toronto Film Critics Association for his decades-long efforts to promote and support Canadian film.

The TFCA says the Moonstruck director will receive its Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, which recognizes Canadians whose work has in some way enriched the understanding and appreciation of film in their native country.

The prize allows Jewison to give $50,000 in services to a filmmaker of his choosing.

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Writer-director Matt Johnson gets the association’s Scotiabank Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, which comes with $5,000. Johnson’s high-school drama The Dirties was a breakout hit at the Slamdance Film Festival, where it won best narrative feature and the spirit of Slamdance award.

The winner of the $5,000 BMO Allan King Documentary Award will be announced Dec. 17, along with three finalists for the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award and the association’s pick for the year’s best film, director, screenplay and actors.

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The Best Canadian Film Award winner will be announced Jan. 7, 2014 in Toronto. Sarah Polley won last year for her documentary, Stories We Tell.

The Toronto Film Critics Association comprises Toronto-based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary.

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