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Director, Ingrid Veninger Scores Again!

Director, Ingrid Veninger (right) with daughter, actress Hallie Switzer
Toronto Film Critics Associationpresented Filmmaker 
Ingrid Veninger with the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Talent tonight at the annual TFCA Event, held at the Carlu.
Bruce McDonald presented the Award to Toronto filmmaker Ingrid Veninger (i am a good person/i am a bad person, Modra, Only). The prize 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'smagazine. "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." 

"Receiving the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Talent from the Toronto Film Critics Association is a great honour," said Ingrid 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."

Established in 1997, the Toronto Film Critics Association is comprised of Toronto based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary. All major dailies, weeklies and a variety of other print and electronic outlets are represented.

The TFCA 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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Photo Credit: donna g Above photo of Ingrid and Hallie snapped at 2011 Toronto International Film Festival's Canadian Press Conference. Royal York Hotel.

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