imagineNATIVE Announces Award Winners

Isuaqtuq Ikkidluak out on the seal ice while seal hunting in Angry Inuk
Photo by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril


By Pat Mullen

The winners are out for this year’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The announcement comes via a live tweet from the awards presentation last night. The top doc of the fest is Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk,which nabbed the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award presented by Obomsawin herself. The festival closes tonight with a screening of the Best Dramatic Feature winner Bonfire.

The full list of imagineNATIVE award winners are:

Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award
Angry Inuk – Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Best Short Documentary
Cree Code Talker – Alexandra Lazarowich

Jane Glassco Award for Best Emerging Canadian Short Documentary
Ohero:konUnder the Husk – Katsitionni Fox

Best Indigenous Language Production
Maliglutit – Zach Kunuk

Best Dramatic Feature
Bonfire – Dmitrii Davydov (special mention for Stephen Page for Spear)

Ellen Monague Best Youth Work
Smoke that Travels – Kayla Briet (special mention Madison Thomas for Exposed Nerves)

Best Audio Work
The Story She Carries – Angela Sterritt

Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Best Canadian Short Drama
God’s Acre – Kelton Stepanowich

Best Short Drama Award
UFO – Gregory King (special mention is for Hanelle Haris for Promise of Piha)

Kent Monkman award for Best Experimental
Dolastallat – Marja Helander (special mention for Pearl Sushi for Sushi)

Best Music Video
We Are Still Here – Sofia Jannock (special mention for Amanda Strong for How to Steal a Canoe)

NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Partnership
Red Card Project – Cara Mumford

Doc Pitch Prize
Bringing it Back Home – Jamaine Campbell

Drama Pitch Prize
Eagle Girl – Sonya Ballantyne

August Schellenberg Award of Excellence
Tom Jackson

Bullseye Award
Ansley Simpson