The Prism Prize is a national, juried award established to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada.

A jury of more than 120 Canadian music and film industry professionals – including members of the print/web media, broadcasting, film, radio, and video art communities – has been selected to nominate the 10 best videos of the year to comprise our shortlist.

These jurors are then charged with the task of crowning one video as the winner of the annual Prism Prize, which carries with it a substantial cash reward.The Prism Prize is awarded based on artistic merit. Jurors are asked to consider the following criteria when selecting the best video of the year: Originality, Creativity, Style, Innovation and Effective Execution.


There is no public entry process for the Prism Prize. The jury make their selections from videos they have seen in their day-to-day work activities, in addition to suggestions provided by Prism Prize staff.

If you have made or are aware of a great video released in Canada, please feel free to send a link to suggestions@prismprize.com.

Note that this does not guarantee that your video will appear at prismprize.com. Additionally, please note that the videos collected on this site are included at the discretion of our staff and should not be considered to be a Prism Prize nomination.

Nominated videos* must be considered “Canadian,” fulfilling at least two (2) of the following audio requirements:

a) Music is composed by a Canadian
b) Artist (principal performer) is a Canadian (in the case of a band, 50% of the members must be Canadian)
c) Performance/production is in Canada
d) Lyrics are written by a Canadian

And at least one (1) of the following video components:

e) video director or production company is Canadian
f) video production facilities are located in Canada

*If you have a question regarding eligibility and/or to appeal for consideration, email: suggestions@prismprize.com