Villeneuve will obtain the TIFF Ebert Director Award and Obomsawin shall be honored with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media on the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards
Filmmakers Denis Villeneuve and Alanis Obomsawin are amongst these being honored on the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
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TIFF co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey mentioned Thursday that Villeneuve will obtain the TIFF Ebert Director Award and Obomsawin shall be honored with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media on the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards. Both are Canadian.
Villeneuve is thought for steering movies like “Prisoners” and “Blade Runner 2049” and was nominated for an Oscar for the 2016 movie “Arrival.” His new movie, an adaptation of “Dune,” will probably be taking part in on the competition after its world premiere in Venice.
“There is no question Denis is an accomplished and outstanding filmmaker. He has a wonderful body of work and operates at an incredible level of excellence on the world stage,” Bailey mentioned in a press release. “Over the years, Denis has brought many of his films to TIFF, so we feel a special closeness to him. It is wonderful to be celebrating his career at this time.”
Obomsawin, in the meantime, has been making movies for over 50 years, exploring the lives of First Nations peoples. She’s a member of the Abenaki Nation.
“The Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media recognizes leadership in creating a union between social impact and cinema,” Vicente mentioned. “As a gifted documentary filmmaker and impassioned storyteller, Alanis brings awareness to vital Indigenous issues and is widely recognized as a national treasure because of her extraordinary body of work.”
Previous TIFF Award winners have included Chloé Zhao, Kate Winslet and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
TIFF is scheduled to run as an in-person occasion Sept. 9-18. The Canadian authorities has mentioned it can open its border to fully-vaccinated U.S residents and everlasting residents on Aug. 9 and can develop to the remainder of the world by Sept. 7.