Filmpossible winners announced, Congratulations to Denise Wilson for top video and Annya Miller for top photo

September 02, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
All summer long Holland Bloorview's filmpossible contest has been bringing visibility to disability. 69 entries, eight judges and thousands of votes have now produced two grand prize winners: Denise Wilson of Erin, ON has claimed top prize for her video As long as its healthy. Annya Miller of Toronto takes first place in the photo category for Lucky fin love.

"I was extremely impressed by this year's talented finalists," said Christa Haanstra, Holland Bloorview's Chief of Communications and Public Affairs. "Each and every one of the entries has a unique message about childhood disability that will endure long after the contest is over. Congratulations to Denise Wilson and Annya Miller, our top prize winners!"

Wilson's two-minute video, As long as it's healthy, challenges a common saying and encourages us to think differently about disability and differences. Miller's touching photo, Lucky fin love, is a unique and playful peek at two three-year old friends, both born with congenital limb differences.

In the video category, second prize goes to Jennifer Warman of Toronto for her video, I can be me. David Fisher of Peterborough takes third prize for Kawartha Komets Dreams do come true!
In this year's new photo category, second prize goes to Ben Wood of Cobourg, ON for his photo What doesn't kill you. Chris Young of Toronto takes third prize for his photo, Mission Possible.

Honourable mentions go to video finalists Tori Lacey, Brooke Wayne and Erin Corrado, and photo finalists, Jennifer Johanessen, Susan Marshall and Zachary Priest.

New this year, we are also thrilled to announce the winners of filmpossible's Cisco visibility awards. These awards go to entrants who gathered the most votes in the contest's first round, which include:

  • 1st Place ($1000): Jennifer Warman for "I can be me (2,283 votes)
  • 2nd Place ($700): Megan Barban for "Letting kids be kids" (1531 votes)
  • 3rd Place ($300): Annya Miller for "Lucky fin love" (1280 votes)

  • All prizes have been donated by Holland Bloorview's generous sponsors. Filmpossible is grateful for the support of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation; Cisco, filmpossible's red carpet sponsor and donor of $1 per vote up to $10,000; Gemsbok technologies, donor of 3rd prize Apple products; Mars Canada; and Sportchek, Black's, the Keg and Starbucks, all donors of fantastic prize merchandise.

    All Photos and videos can be viewed at www.filmpossible.ca

    About filmpossible
    Now in its second year, filmpossible is a video and photo contest created by Holland Bloorview with the theme of "bringing visibility to disability". Open to all ages and abilities, the objective of the contest is to increase awareness of and promote engagement with the issues of childhood disability and to encourage and celebrate those who advocate for childhood disability by sharing their stories. filmpossible 2011 was open for entries from June 20, 2011 to August 12, 2011. Public voting for twelve jurjury-selected finalists closed on August 31 at midnight.

    About Holland Bloorview
    Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
    is Canada's largest children's rehabilitation teaching hospital. For over a century, we've pioneered treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life. Visit www.hollandbloorview.ca.