CSV is proud to continue efforts to support our members artistic practice through such difficult times. We are excited to present the 2 recipients of our Media Art Creation Grant: True Daley, for the production of her hybrid feature-length doc BOSSLADYSK8, and Emily Ryder for the creation of experimental narrative mothering. Big thanks to our jurors and congrats to the recipients!
This multi-disciplinary artist recently delved into storytelling behind the camera as an emerging director and screenwriter. Her first short, Love Underground was selected for the 2016 Toronto Urban Film Festival, which screened on subway platforms throughout the city reaching over 1 million daily commuters.
In 2020 she was ]shortlisted for the CBC Creative Relief Fund as a first-time documentary filmmaker. Her treatment for BOSSLADYSK8 stood out amongst 9000 submissions. She has appeared at Manifesto, NXNE, Toronto Urban Music Festival, Honey Jam, When Sisters Speak, The Urban Music Awards, MuchMusic, CBC, HBO and the Reelworld Film Festival. The Honey Jam alumni's first single "Comin In' was featured on Universal Music Canada's first all-female compilation "Honey Drops". The single and video garnered UMAC and VideoFact Awards among others. She then released an EP on her indie label Jahmecca Recordings entitled 'Stranger Than Fiction" and her single ''Pain and Confusion” was featured on the CHRY's compilation "Message In A Bottle".
She has also taken her talents of writing from the stage to the page and has been a senior writer for music and lifestyle publications for over 20 years including Peace!, Sway, The Toronto Star, ByBlacks.com, CBC Parents and more.
Emily Ryder is passionate about telling stories that explore queer becoming, womanhood, and the complexity of intergenerational relationships. To date, their shorts have screened at a number of festivals, including the St John's International Women's Film Festival, Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival, and the Irish Film Institute’s GAZE International Film Festival. In addition to writing and directing, Emily is also a passionate advocate for queer representation both on and off-screen, and in Fall 2021, they were invited to speak at the Ontario Screen Creators Conference on a panel dedicated to diverse perspectives behind the camera in Canada's film industry.
Looking ahead, Emily hopes to continue to develop their creative voice within the landscape of contemporary Canadian film, television, and media, and when it’s not their turn to speak, they hope to use their diverse skillset to amplify the voices of those creating art around them.
Amanda Ann-Min Wong
(she/they) is a Toronto-based film director, writer, sound artist, and musician.
The winner of Reel Asian's DGC Ontario & WIFT-T Film Award in 2021, Amanda's documentary films ("A Hundred Joys","The Way We Are", "An Object of Merit" and digital series "How T.O. Art") explore themes of loss, nostalgia, and memory, as well as finding purpose and community through the arts.
They are currently working on a narrative short, entitled "Rosa's Flowers", and writing their first feature. In their free time, they love rocking out with their band, cutsleeve.
is a Toronto-based visual artist who specializes in video and interactive installation. His research into vintage video equipment and contemporary computer graphics results in video art that looks simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic. Rahul's art practice has taken the form of animation, stage design, VJing, interactive video sculptures & VHS mixtapes. Peter Rahul also helped co-found two A/V artist collectives in Toronto; BUMP TV, Toronto's online public access television station as well as The Analog Preservation Network, a stage design and video production collective.
(b. 1993) is a Toronto-based photographer treating post-capture photo manipulation as a creative practice in its own right. He enjoys experimenting with urban landscapes and cyberpunk aesthetics. His work ranges from site-specific portraiture, cityscapes, and sub/urban wildlife to the documentation of diasporic subcultures such as breaking, anime-based cosplay, and drag.