The Jay Scott Prize is an annual film award presented by the Toronto Film Critics Association, in conjunction with commercial sponsor Stella Artois, to an emerging talent in the Canadian film industry.[1]

First presented in 2009, the award was named in memory of influential Canadian film critic Jay Scott.[2] The award has been most commonly presented to film directors, but has also been given to actors; it is generally given to a filmmaker or performer who has achieved a significant career breakthrough in the previous year, but is ultimately given in consideration of the recipient's overall body of work rather than for that specific work.[citation needed]

The winner of the award receives $10,000.[3]


From 2009 to 2012, the prize was sponsored by Deluxe.[4] From 2013 to 2015, the prize was sponsored by Scotiabank.[5] As of 2016, the prize is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewers of Stella Artois, and is now known as the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize.[6]



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  2. ^ "Toronto critics name new film award for the late Jay Scott". Edmonton Journal, December 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Over 22 Years, the Toronto Film Critics Awards Gala Has Grown Up and Glammed Up". Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  4. ^ Chris Knight (January 8, 2013). "Sarah Polley awarded $100K Rogers Best Canadian Film Award from TFCA for Stories We Tell". National Post. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Linda Barnard (November 27, 2013). "Norman Jewison honoured by Toronto movie critics". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize". Toronto Film Critics Association. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "Quebec's Xavier Dolan wins $5,000 Toronto film critics prize for emerging talent". Canadian Press, January 6, 2010.
  8. ^ "Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". The Globe and Mail, January 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "Toronto critics give laurel to Falardeau". The Globe and Mail, January 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Sarah Polley's family doc 'Stories We Tell' nabs $100,000 film prize". Canadian Press, January 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Critics pick documentary Watermark as best Canadian film of 2013". Toronto Star, January 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Toronto Critics name Enemy the best Canadian film of the year". The Globe and Mail, January 8, 2015.
  13. ^ "Cinematic celebrations: The Toronto Film Critics Association awards toast Canadian film's brightest talents". The Globe and Mail, January 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "N.S. filmmaker named 'emerging artist'". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, January 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Doherty, Brennan (January 9, 2018). "Werewolf wins big at Toronto Film Critics awards". Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "Anthropocene claims top Canadian honours at TFCA annual gala". Playback, January 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "Toronto film critics award 'The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open'". 660 News, January 9, 2020.
  18. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, February 7, 2021.
  19. ^ "David Cronenberg wins Toronto film critics' Clyde Gilmour Award". Toronto Star. February 23, 2022. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  20. ^ Mullen, Pat (February 10, 2022). "Toronto Film Critics Honour Steve Gravestock, Carol Nguyen, and Michelle Krasovitski". Point of View.
  21. ^ Kelly Townsend, "In Brief: TFCA awards Luminary prize to Charles Officer". Playbacl, January 25, 2024.