List of Awards

We are excited to celebrate Indigenous achievement in film + media arts with generous support from our partners and individual donors. The imagineNATIVE Awards Presentation showcases the selection of exceptional works from each year’s Festival.

Recognizing and celebrating Indigenous works shows the world the talent our community has. It’s paramount we celebrate stories 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 they had to be brought into the spotlight. That is what awards do: they 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

2022 AWARD WINNERS

Innovation in Storytelling Award

with support from Kent Monkman and Sobeys
$7,500

Animated Short Award

$2,500

Documentary Short Award

with support from TVO
$2,500

Documentary Feature Award

with support from CBC
$5,000

Innovation in Storytelling Award

$7,500

Documentary Short Award ​

with support from TVO
$2,500

Documentary Feature Award​

with support from CBC in honour of Alanis Obomsawin
$5,000

Narrative Audio Award

with support from Formosa Group
$7,500

New Artist in Digital + Award

$2,000

Digital + Interactive Award

$7,500

Indigenous Language Production Awards

with support from Indigenous Media Initiatives and Cineplex
$7,500

New Voice in Storytelling Award

with support from Humber College 
$2,500

Sun Jury Award

With support from DGC
$2,500

 

 

Moon Jury Award

With support from DGC
$2,500

Live Action Short Award

with support from vtape and Jason Ryle
$2,500

Dramatic Feature Award

with support from Indigenous Screen Office
$7,500

The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence

with support from ACTRA
$2,500

Audience Choice Feature Award

with support Shutterstock
$2,5000

Audience Choice Short Award

with support from BMO
$5,500