Fonds 2014.001 - Atom Egoyan Fonds

Identity area

Reference code

CA ON00349 2014.001

Title

Atom Egoyan Fonds

Date(s)

  • 1977 - 2008 (Creation)

Level of description

Fonds

Extent and medium

1.0 m of textual records

64 cinefilms

● 55 35mm col. release prints
● 9 16mm col. release prints

26 graphic material

● 26 posters

Context area

Name of creator

(1960 -)

Biographical history

Atom Egoyan, born on July 19, 1960 in Cairo, Egypt to Armenian parents, is an internationally renowned film director whose films have appeared at several festivals including Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival along with being nominated for and winning several awards. In 1997 his film The Sweet Hereafter was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Director and Best Adapted Screening, and it won three awards at that years Cannes Film Festival: the FIPRESCI Prize, the Grand Prize of the Jury, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

In 1963 Egoyan’s family moved from Egypt to Victoria, British Columbia. In 1978 he enrolled at Trinity College at The University of Toronto where his studies concentrated on international relations. It was at this point in Egoyan’s life when he became interested in his own culture as an Armenian, an interest which would permeate throughout his personal life as well as influencing the subject matter of films like Ararat (2002), a film which concentrated on the Armenian genocide in 1915. Along with becoming a member of the University of Toronto’s Armenian Society he became an active contributor to the school’s newspaper, The Newspaper. It was also at this time in his life when, with funds from the Hart House Program, Egoyan would create his first short film Howard in Particular (1979). Since the creation of his first short film while attending the University of Toronto, and by the end of 2014, Egoyan had directed 14 feature films, 5 of which (Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia's Journey (1999), Where the Truth Lies (2005), Adoration (2008), and The Captive (2014)) have been nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Egoyan continues to make films to this day with his 15th feature film, Remember, set to debut in 2015.

In recognition for his artistic achievements as a Canadian citizen Egoyan, in 1999, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This fond consists of 2 series, divided by format. They are: Textual and Print Materials.

The first series, Film Materials, includes release prints of films in colour. They come in one of two formats: 35mm and 16mm. The films themselves range from Egoyan’s feature length films to his short films which were made earlier in his career.

The second series, Print Materials, includes posters for Egoyan’s films, press releases, programs, press clippings, audition signs, complete magazines, newspaper articles, an award, and newspaper reviews written by Egoyan.

This fond consists of Film Materials relating to the following productions:

● The Adjuster (1991)
● Adoration (2008)
● After Grad with Dad (1980)
● Ararat (2002)
● Calendar (1997)
● Exotica (1994)
● Family Viewing (1987)
● Felicia’s Journey (1999)
● Howard in Particular (1979)
● Men: A Passion Playground (1985)
● Next of Kin (1984)
● Open House (1982)
● Peep Show (1981)
● Speaking Parts (1989)
● The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

This fond consists of Paper Materials relating to the following productions

● Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (1980)
● After Grad With Dad (1980)
● Beach Heads (1980)
● Howard in Particular (1979)
● Lusts of a Eunuch (1977)
● Next of Kin (1984)
● Open House (1982)
● Peep Show (1981)
● Stumps (1981)

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Preservation concerns may limit access, consult archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction

Media Commons does own copyright of collection materials. Consult rights holder for reproduction(s).

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Contact archivist for further finding aid information.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Description identifier

2014.001

Rules and/or conventions used

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places