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Director Emily Kai Bock Wins Prism Prize for Arcade Fire "Aferlife"

The second annual Prism Prize, celebrating the best Canadian music videos, took place last night in Toronto.

Director Emily Kai Bock took home the $5,000 Grand Prize for her masterful narrative Arcade Fire "Afterlife" video. Director Kheaven Lewandowski won the audience prize via online voting for The Belle Game "River" video.

Creative team Scott Cudmore and Michael Leblanc received the inaiugural Arthur Lipsett Award, established to recognize an innovative and unique approach to music video art; Director Floria Sigismondi received the inagural Special Achievement Award.

Also of note: Emily Kai Bock was a guest on CBC radio show As It Happens discussing her win, working with Arcade Fire, and why it's OK for a video to make you cry.

Arcade Fire "Afterlife" (Emily Kai Bock, dir.)

He sells flowers on a streetcorner all day, comes home for a spaghetti dinner, prodding his youngest son to speak spanish and his eldest to spare him a drive to his friend's house. At nightfall they all mine different dreamscapes, but she's at the center of all of them — only existing in their thoughts until they hopefully meet on the other side.

Beautiful.

The Civil Wars "The One That Got Away" (Tom Haines, dir.)

Perhaps the name was a bad omen, since The Civil Wars are now in a state of polite strife — officially on hiatus due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition," despite just releasing a brand new album that debuted at #1. It's a sad situation, even if you've been hoping/praying/waiting for a modern version of the Richard and Linda Thompson break-up classic, Shoot Out The Lights.

Obviously, neither Civil Wars member appear in the video. Director Tom Haines instead unfurl a haunting tale of love and death with a crew of modern-day rail jumpers that fits the band's vibe and current situation like a glove.