Awards Jury


MOON JURY

The Moon Jury is responsible for adjudicating the following awards: Dramatic Feature, Live Action Short, Innovation in Storytelling, and Indigenous Language Production, and the Moon Jury.

Jessie Anthony - <strong>Haudenosaunee</strong>
Jessie Anthony – Haudenosaunee
Jessie Anthony is an award-winning director/writer/producer based in Vancouver. She is a proud Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
<strong>Kiel McNaughton</strong> - <strong>Māori</strong>
Kiel McNaughtonMāori
Manurewa-bred Kiel McNaughton’s extensive work ranges in acting, writing, producing, and directing. McNaughton and wife Warkia produced anthology movies Waru and Vai, which were shot across the Pacific. In 2020, McNaughton debuted his feature film as director The Legend of Baron To’a’ which won imagineNATIVE’s Dramatic Feature Award. Kiel is currently in post production on his second feature film with a third being packaged for finance.
<strong>Kerry Warkia</strong> - Māori
Kerry Warkia – Māori
Kerry Warkia is a producer who has been at the forefront of some of New Zealand’s most innovative content for film, television, and the web. Warkia and partner McNaughton produced anthology movies Waru and Vai, which were shot across the Pacific. Kerry is currently working on a slate of feature films and TV series with a range of underrepresented writers and directors.

SUN JURY

The Sun Jury is responsible for adjudicating the following awards: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, New Voice in Storytelling, and the Sun Jury. 

<strong>Adeline Bird</strong> - <strong>Afro-Anishinaabe</strong>
Adeline BirdAfro-Anishinaabe
Adeline Bird is an author, filmmaker, and producer. She grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a proud member of Rolling River First Nations. Adeline is a graduate of the National Screen Institute’s CBC New Indigenous Voices program, where she made her first short film Nappy Hair and Eagle Feather, now featured on CBC Gem. Adeline was one of the 2018 imagiNATIVE-APTN pitch winners, with her web series iNdigiThreads, and part of 2019 cohort of Telefilm Canada’s Talent To Watch. Adeline sits on the Visioning Committee of BIPOC TV & Film, and is an advocate and thought leader on the ongoing discussions on equity & inclusion in the Canadian media industry.
<strong>Sara Margrethe Oskal</strong> - <strong>Sámi</strong>
Sara Margrethe OskalSámi
Sara Margrethe Oskal is a director, scriptwriter and actor. She holds a PhD degree in performing Arts researching humor, yoik, storytelling, and contemporary stage expressions. She has made three short films and is currently working on her feature film script and a TV -series. She also works with dubbing animations to her mother tongue and she was the Sámi voice director of Frozen II.

WATER JURY

The Water Jury is responsible for adjudicating the following awards: Emerging Digital + Interactive and Mid-Career Digital + Interactive.

<strong>Cecilia Areneda</strong> - <strong>Chilean</strong>
Cecilia ArenedaChilean
Chilean-born filmmaker and curator Cecilia Araneda came to Canada as a refugee as a child. Now based in Winnipeg, Cecilia is an independent filmmaker and founder of the Winnipeg-based WNDX Festival of Moving Image. In 2019, she became the first ever prairie recipient of the Canada Council’s Joan Lowndes Prize, for excellence in visual and media art curation.
<strong>Maize Longboat</strong> - <strong>Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk)</strong>
Maize LongboatKanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk)
Maize Longboat is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) with family at Six Nations of the Grand River and was raised on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation near Vancouver, BC. He has an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, QC. Maize is a Dev Relations Manager with Unity and has worked with Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF).

LAND JURY

The Land Jury is responsible for adjudicating the following awards: Experimental Audio and Narrative Audio.

<strong>Ginger Dunnill</strong> - <strong>Hana, Maui, Hawai’i</strong>
Ginger DunnillHana, Maui, Hawai’i

Ginger Dunnill is an artist, activist, DJ, and mother who centers collaboration to create a living archive in support of intersectionality. She has organized exhibitions and social engagement projects globally, activating restorative justice practices. She is the Communications Director at the Archie Bray International Center for Ceramic Arts, and is the creator and voice of Broken Boxes Podcast.
<strong>Kim Wheeler</strong> - <strong>Anishinabe/Mohawk</strong>
Kim WheelerAnishinabe/Mohawk
Kim Wheeler has brought positive Indigenous stories to mainstream and Indigenous media since 1993. She has carved out a career as a writer, publicist, and producer across a variety of disciplines. Her audio work has been recognized by the New York Festivals, imagineNATIVE, Indigenous Music Awards, and Prix Italia. Kim works from her treehouse media office with multiple clients in publicity, magazines, film, and podcasts. She also hosts The Kim Wheeler Show on SiriusXM’s The Indigiverse, channel 165.
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