By Mike McCrearyRead moreA pair of Toronto skateboarding pioneers have been honoured at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival with the inaugural Skate Game of the Year award.
The Skate Games of the year was presented by the Toronto Film Society and the award was presented to the award-winning skateboarding documentary film by Mike McCrea.
The film premiered at the TIFF Film Festival in March 2018 and was released in cinemas across Canada last month.
The award recognises the film’s “incredible work”, which highlights the contributions of film-makers to the growing film community, its filmmakers, and the many individuals who work in the film industry.
The first award was given to documentary-maker Paul Fong, who has been a pioneer in the field of skateboarding documentaries.
Fong has been working to capture the essence of skate culture, capturing scenes that show the passion and camaraderie that exists in skating community, and helping to shape a film that is unique to the genre.
In the film, Fong captures the “skate party” scene of Toronto at the height of the 1980s, where the city was at its height.
In this film, a community of skateboarder friends gathers at the skate park of Toronto’s Sin City, to have a skate party, and then the film captures the spirit of the moment and captures the skateers themselves.
It’s a story that resonates with people from all walks of life.
It is a film I was particularly proud of, and I think that’s a reflection of the spirit and spirit of skate film, that’s how I want to do it.
The Toronto Film Club said the awards honouring Fong are “an important step in our evolution as a society, as an industry and as a country”.
“The film’s impact has been staggering,” it said.
“It’s been embraced by the skateboarding community and the broader skateboarding culture.
It has also helped to define skate culture in the city of Toronto, and that’s something we want to continue to be a part of.”
Fong’s film captures a time when the city had its “best and brightest”, and it is one of the first documented films to show the scene in action, with many people taking part.
“I don’t think there’s anything like it,” Fong said in a video interview.
“I think it’s going to help to shape the skate scene in Toronto.
I think there are so many scenes that have never been seen before.”
Fongs film captures an important time in Toronto’s skateboarding history.
In 1978, skateboarding had only just emerged from the shadows of the anti-skate movement.
A growing community of street skateboard artists were starting to organise and showcase their work in Toronto, sparking a new generation of street artists who were also skating.
In 1983, the city banned the skating industry, and soon street skating was outlawed.
This ban also resulted in the end of street skating festivals.
Fongs work in documenting the scene was inspired by the work of film director Robert Mapplethorpe, who helped to bring the world of skatefilm to the world.
“Robert Mapplethy was a pioneer and he helped to create the modern skate film genre,” the Toronto Filming Society said in the release.
“His film, The Great American Skateboarding Show, was one of Canada’s most influential and groundbreaking films.
It was a groundbreaking film and has become a staple film in skateboarding communities worldwide.”
Mapplethore’s film also brought together skateboard, film, skate, skate culture and skate culture itself.
“The skate film industry is a great place to be in the world, and one of its great assets is its ability to capture a wide range of people from different walks of the life,” the release said.
“Our film is part of a growing film culture and one that has a strong connection to the skate community.”
The TIFF 2018 Skate games of the years:Skate Games: The 2018 Toronto Film Festival, which runs from February 10-15, was the first film festival to receive the 2018 TIFF award.