THE BARRY CONVEX AWARD

Convex

THE BARRY CONVEX AWARD
for Best Canadian Feature

Administered by Spectacular Optical
with support from the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund

DSC_7713In 2015 Spectacular Optical presented the inaugural Barry Convex Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival, an annual juried prize for which all Canadian genre features and co-productions making their Canadian premiere at the festival are eligible.

Why Barry Convex? Named after the head of the fictional company Spectacular Optical in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1984) as played by iconic character actor Les Carlson, Barry Convex understood the transformative power of dark and dangerous imagery. In this robust new era of Canadian genre film, the subversive potential of Canadian cinema is now being appreciated in ways it wasn’t during the initial tax-shelter era that produced Videodrome. And it’s time to recognize that.

The film selected for the Barry Convex Award receives a physical award featuring artwork by renowned Canadian genre artist Gary Pullin, as well as $1,000 cash courtesy of the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.

A lifelong genre fan (and the father of Spectacular Optical’s Owner and Editor-in-Chief Kier-La Janisse) Paul A. Ray passed away in 2014, within months of the passing of Les Carlson. This award is dedicated to their memory.

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Past Award Winners:

2017
POOR AGNES by Navin Ramaswaran
(Jury: Kier-La Janisse, Douglas Buck and George Mihalka, read the jury statement HERE >> and read their full bios HERE >>)

2016
FEUILLES MORTES (DEAD LEAVES) by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior and Edouard A. Tremblay
(Jury: Kier-La Janisse, Paul Corupe and Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare)

2015
SHE WHO MUST BURN by Larry Kent
(Jury: Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe)