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Graduate Student Mary Arnatt Receives FSAC-ACÉC Gerald Pratley Award

Mary Arnatt, second year Masters Student, is this year’s winner of the Film Studies Association of Canada Gerald Pratley Award. This highly competitive prize is given annually to a graduate student doing research in the area of Canadian cinema. Each year, the winner of the Pratley presents the opening keynote presentation at the annual FSAC-ACÉC conference. The Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, generally taking place during the last week of May or first week of June each year.

Mary's research focuses on using the framework of Media Production Studies to investigate the Canadian production, distribution, and exhibition company Cinepix, primarily looking at their film production. Further, Mary examines the company using both a Political Economic and Cultural Studies framework to see how Cinepix functions and what kind of 'production cultures' they have cultivated. 

This is done through the analysis of original production documents; including annotated scripts, storyboards, concept art, notes on rushes, and original correspondences between members of the production, in addition to original newspaper articles and reviews, advertising, and general historical articles about the company. 

The materials for her upcoming presentation come from the TIFF Film Reference Library, where she researched for a month this past summer after receiving the Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Canadian Film Scholarship through TIFF, as well as the University of Toronto Media Commons, the Dunning family private collection, and materials on

For more information on this award as well as the conference, please see the FSAC-ACÉC website: