‘nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up’ Wins Audience Choice Award at imagineNATIVE

Jade Tootoosis in nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

By Pat Mullen

Another day, another award for Tasha Hubbard. The director picked up her latest accolade for her documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up by netting the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The news came via an announcement from the festival.

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up received a cash prize of $1000 with the award. The film previously won the Sun Jury Prize at the festival, while Hubbard also won the Discovery Award from the Directors Guild of Canada over the weekend. Hubbard’s film, which offers a personal and provocative examination of the legacy of colonial violence in Canada and the will to remain strong in the face of it, previously took the Audience Choice Award at the Gimli Film Festival and top honours from the Canadian juries at Hot Docs and DOXA. nîpawistamâsowin has its next major screening in the Canadian feature competition at Montreal’s RIDM festival.

The Audience Choice Award – Short Film went to Iwi Whakatohea filmmaker Keely Meechan for Nancy from Now On. The film tells the story of a Māori man who aspires to be a drag queen. Get the complete list of imagineNATIVE winners here.