Awards


2021 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Awards

The imagineNATIVE Awards Presentation showcases the 2021 selection of works with awards contributing to a total of $65,500. We are excited to celebrate Indigenous achievement in film and media arts with the generous support from our partners and individual donors. 


Recognizing and celebrating Indigenous works shows the world the talent our community has. It’s paramount we celebrate stories that are told from the First Peoples point of view, not just stories from an outsider’s “First Person” point of view.

Cynthia Lickers-Sage, imagineNATIVE Co-Founder

I will never forget the first time I saw Qaggiq by Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, and Isuma in 1989. I had never seen anything like it before, never seen with such clarity what it is like to live in the North, never experienced a work that was made with a whole community’s involvement. These were unique voices and as I came to know more Indigenous works and more voices, it was clear that these had to be brought into the spotlight. That is what awards do: shine a light on artists we did not know before. Afterwards, we seek out their next work and tell others. Awards count.

Lisa Steele, Founder and Artistic Director, Vtape

Experimental Audio Award with support from imagineNATIVE – $2,500
Janet Marie Rogers, The Battle Within

Narrative Audio Award with support from imagineNATIVE – $2,500
Pamela Palmater, Warrior Kids Podcast: The Boy and the Whale

Emerging Digital + Interactive Award with support from imagineNATIVE – $2,500
Raven Two Feathers, A Drive to Surgery

Mid-Career Digital + Interactive Award with support from imagineNATIVE – $2,500
Wendi Sierra, A Strong Fire

Innovation in Storytelling Award in recognition of Kent Monkman with support from Sobeys and Kent Monkman – $7,500
Pilutaq Lundblad, Puisi


Documentary Short Award with support from TVO – $2,500
Courtney Montour, Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again


Documentary Feature Award with support from CBC in honour of Alanis Obomsawin – $5,000
Landon Dyksterhouse, Warrior Spirit


Live Action Short Award in recognition of founders Cynthia Lickers-Sage and Vtape, with support from Jason Ryle and Vtape – $7,500
Aina Paikai, Hawaiian Soul

Live Action Short Award (Animation) in recognition of founders Cynthia Lickers-Sage and Vtape, with support from Jason Ryle and Vtape – $7,500
Zacharius Kunuk, Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice

Dramatic Feature Award with support from imagineNATIVE – $7,500
Caroline Monnet, Bootlegger

Audience Choice Short Film Award with support from BMO – $2,500
Zacharias Kunuk, Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice


Audience Choice Feature Film Award with support from MBSE Canada – $2,500
Zoe Hopkins, Run Woman Run


New Voice in Storytelling Award in honour of Jane in honour of Jane Glassco and Ellen Monague with support from CJ Foundation and Indigenous Education & Engagement at Humber College – $2,500
Lorna Brown, Adaawk


Indigenous Language Production Award with support from Indigenous Media Initiatives – $2,500
Rafael Roberto Mojica Gil, Matuna: The Shadow of the Warrior

The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence with support from Joan Karasevich Schellenberg and ACTRA National – $2,500
Dr. Shirley Cheechoo


The Sun Jury Award with support from the Directors Guild of Canada – $2,500
Matasila Freshwater, Hiama

The Moon Jury Award with support from the Directors Guild of Canada – $2,500
Zoe Hopkins, Run Woman Run

APTN/imagineNative Web Series Pitch Prize with support from APTN and Bell Fund, additional support from William F. White, Picture Shop, Formosa, Streamland Media, Innovate By Day, TIFF, and Women in Film & Television – WIFT Toronto – $50,000
Shawn Cuthand and Daniel Knight, The Feather News


Harmonize Prize with support from Slaight Music – $5,500
Andrew Joseph Stevens

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