2023 Prism Prize Eligible Videos: 5 Videos Directed by Black Filmmakers 

As February is Black History Month, it’s important to take the time to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.

2023 Prism Prize Eligible Videos: 5 Videos Directed by Black Filmmakers 

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As February is Black History Month, it’s important to take the time to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. To shine a light on talented black creatives in the music video industry, we’ve picked 5 music videos created in 2022 which were all directed by brilliant Black Canadian filmmakers. 

Charmaine - Friends With Benefits 

Charmaine’s music video for Friends With Benefits is the slumber party of your dreams. Directed by the Toronto-based and multi-talented director Spencer Edwards, this video is charismatic and full of all things pink. Edwards and Charmaine blended their creative visions perfectly to make this fun video, one which will make you wish you’d gotten an invite to the party. 



Director: Spencer Edwards

Prod Co: Silent K

Executive Producer: Ben Knechtel

Producer: Fabio H Buritica

Cinematography: David Schuurman

1st AC: Alex Chung

Grip: Nicolas Rodriguez

Art Director: Ashlyn Vickery

Wardrobe Stylist: Spencer Edwards & Charmaine

Hair and Makeup: Kayla Richards

Colourist: Brock Cruess @ The Vanity

BTS: Ryan Rivera

BTS Assistant: Christian Willie

Editor: Spencer Edwards

Label: Warner Music Canada

Cast: Kayla Richards, Jordanae Hyatt, Aryanna Sylvera

Dominique Fils-Aimé - I Grow Mama Grow 

Toronto-based filmmaker and editor Chrris Lowe directed Dominique Fils-Aimé’s empowering music video for I Grow Mama Grow. Surrounded by delicate florals and greenery, Dominique stands powerfully in brightly coloured dresses as she performs the song. Also adding to the overall entrancing flow of the video are the décor and dancers, which are sure to pull the viewers in. 


Director: Chrris Lowe 

Producers: Duy Nguyen & Laurence Gendron 

Director of Photography: Teo Weyman 

First Assistant Camera: Brandon Reitsma 

Creative Director: Mayillah Ezekiel 

Production Designer: Justin Campbell 

Assistant Art Director: Lando Cortez 

Key Grip: Jake Lowe 

Key Gaffer: Robert Wharry 

Production Assistant: Chris Yue 

Editors: Mark Guido & Chrris Lowe 


Choreographer: Elisha Ladeza 

Dancers: Elisha Ladeza & Shaiann Roach 

Lead Hair and Makeup Artist: Mayillah Ezekiel 

Makeup Artist: Kathy Nguyen 

Stylists: Michelle Paiano & Eliza Kozurno 

BTS Photographer: Gennelle Cruz 

Executive Producer: Ensoul Records 

Production: YUD Studio 

Song written by Dominique Fils-Aimé

Vocals: Dominique Fils-Aimé

Bass: Jacques Roy

Drums: Harvey Bien Aimée

Keys: David Osei Afrifa

Percussion: Elli Miller Maboungou

Trumpet: Hichem Khalfa

Tenor, soprano saxophone: François D'Amours

Baritone saxophone: Sébastien Grenier

Brass arrangements by Jacques Roy

Executive producer: Kevin Annocque

Haviah Mighty - So So (feat. Dai Burger)

Haviah Mighty’s music video for So So (featuring Dai Burger) was directed by Jesse Dart from the video production company Die Fire Films. This video takes you through a couple of different scenes where Haviah can be found in space, cooking with a puppet, on a brightly coloured fashion shoot, performing on a sound stage with dancers, and ends with Haviah chilling with the track’s featured rapper Dai Burger. 


Produced By: Haviah Mighty, Devontée & Weird Mahdi (@haviahmighty / @devontee_woe / @weirdmahdi)

Director of Photography: Shawn Pinnock (@djpplus @cultiv8co)

Creative Director: Jesse Dart (@diefirefilms)

Producer: Lisa Ratanprasad (@diaryofaplanner)

VFX: Christopher Power (Maverick Digital // @cpowermav)

Editor/VFX : Pedja Balkanada (@balkanada)


Colour Grading: Clinton Homuth (@clintonhomuth @artjail)

Lighting Technician (Gaffer): Nick Grguic

Key Grip: Taraq Smith Best Boy

Best Boy: Josh Woodbyrne (@joshwoodbyrne)

Set Assistant: Cody Clayton (@ca.clayton)

Set Assistant: Shawn L

 Artist: Haviah Mighty (@haviahmighty)

Artist: Dai Burger (@daiburger)

MUA/Puppeteer 1: Omega Mighty (@dollfacedrediemua)

DJ/Stylist: Chelsea Greenidge (@djdem.ones)

Choreographer: Jonna Abrams (@jonna_abrams)

Dancer: Meydge Anguiley (@meydge_dance_account)

Dancer: O'Shani "Ocean" Cardwell (@oshani.ocean)

Dancer: Shaiann "Yaiyah" Roach (@shaiannroach)

Dancer: Diane Jean-Louis (@dianejlouis)

Puppeteer 2: Andrew Ochran (@mightydrew99)

Malko - Rappelle-moi 

Malko’s music video for Rappelle-moi was directed by Montreal-based filmmaker, software developer & creative consultant Aimé Irabahaye. This music video is the perfect example that sometimes simplicity is key. The black, white and grey tones keep the focus on Malko throughout the video, creating visuals that are effortlessly stunning.



Réalisé par Aimé Irabahaye

Directeur de la photographie : Samuel Olaechea

Stylisme : Catherine De Sa Quintaes

Myst Milano - No Shade 

Myst Milano is a Toronto-based rapper, DJ, producer, and the director of their music video for No Shade. This music video is all about dancing, and Myst Milano’s experience in the ballroom scene is evident. Set up on a simple sound stage, the video shows off the captivating vogue dancing and runway struts that Myst Milano and the dancers perform. 


Directed and Produced by myst milano. @mystmilano

Directors of Photography - Josh Rille @jjjjjjjoshua, Daniel Lastres @daniel.lastres, Ayo Tsalithaba @ayotsalithaba

Videography - Josh Rille @jjjjjjjoshua, Daniel Lastres @daniel.lastres, Ayo Tsalithaba @ayotsalithaba

Featuring Choreography by Twysted Miyake-Mugler @mrmapleleaf, Dynasty 007 @chiubetterwork, and N9ne Margiela @n9neinthehouse

Main Dancers - Ponytail Patricia 007 @ponytailpatricia, Songbird Miyake-Mugler (aka James Baley) @im_jamesbaley, Amiyah West @amiyahbae_

Face: Tamar Miyake-Mugler @tamarthedoll, Jasmine Miyake-Mugler @jasmine.pdf. 

Runway: Diseiye Balenciaga @diseiye, Mystique 007 @erninmotion. 

Sex Siren: N9ne Margiela @n9neinthehouse, Antonio 007 @cheche_tt.

Performance: Aura West @heterosexism.

Talent Makeup by Jocelyn Cardenas @artistjaws

Cutout Catsuit by @diseiye

Production Assistant: Maldita 007 (Danah Rosales) @rdanah

Shot at Diptych Studio

Music produced & performed by myst milano., with additional vocals from James Baley. Mixed by David Psutka and mastered by Kevin McPhee at East End Mastering.

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