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Toronto Film Critics Honour Veninger
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(January 11, 2012 - Toronto, Ontario) The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) has honoured filmmaker Ingrid Veninger with its prestigious Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Talent. At their annual meeting, held last night at this city's Carlu venue, the elite corps of Toronto journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary gathered to recognize Veninger as, in the words of TFCA President, Brian D. Johnson, a "true independent"

The award was presented by another indie filmmaker, Bruce McDonald and is accompanied by a $5,000 cash award.
"Jay Scott was a critic who loved to discover adventurous talents inventing themselves on the outskirts of the industry," said TFCA President Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean's magazine. "Ingrid Veninger is a true independent, a maker of intimate films that seem born of the moment. Her work is infused with a spirit of generosity that extends to her presence in the film community as Toronto's queen of low-budget cinema."

Veninger's recent films include Modra and i am a good person/i am a bad person. "Receiving the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Talent from the Toronto Film Critics Association is a great honour," said Veninger. "It's impossible for me to imagine not making movies; but sometimes the obstacles seem insurmountable and a little bit of encouragement goes a long way. In 1990, I saw Jay Scott at the TIFF screening for H. I had a small role in the film and he smiled at me after the screening. This might not seem like a big deal, but it meant a lot to me, because his smile was full of encouragement. Now, I make personal, micro-budget films and I hope they are genuine and provocative. I work with talented and committed people who want a filmmaking adventure. And I am grateful to every person who comes out to see the films in the end, because that exchange with an audience is the point of the entire process. Tomorrow, the $5000 award money is going right into my next feature -- a fantasy, musical, lesbian, road trip -- I like to imagine that Jay would like it." Northernstars.ca interviewed Ingrid Veninger when she released Modra.

The association also selected Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar as the Rogers Best Film of 2011. Andrea Martin presented the award, which comes with a cheque for $15,000.

The TFCA, founded in 1997, is affiliated with the International Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Members have sat on juries at festivals in Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Venice, Miami, Palm Springs, Vienna, Chicago, Pusan, Moscow, San Francisco, Warsaw, Amsterdam and London, among others.

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