imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival honours filmmakers with esteemed awards at closing night party.

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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrated the huge success of this year’s festival at its closing night party at The Mod Club.

CTV Presents

11th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival came to a close this evening at a closing night party where filmmakers, musicians, artists, media and industry alike celebrated, and where a number of awards were handed out. The awards reception took place at The Mod Club, hosted by award-winning actor Billy Merasty.

Once again the festival witnessed impressive audience numbers including the Opening Night screening of BOY which sold out the Bloor Cinema with over 840 people in attendance. The World Premiere of Zacharias Kunuk’s INUIT KNOWLEDGE AND CLIMATE CHANGE generated intense national media coverage and sold out the Al Green Theatre. Attendance throughout the festival screenings and events continued an upward trend for imagineNATIVE.

“On behalf of everyone at imagineNATIVE I congratulate this year’s winners,” says the festival’s Executive Director, Jason Ryle. “They embody the excellence and diversity of works presented at the festival. I am consistently impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of Indigenous artists worldwide and I look forward to future work from the recipients. I also thank the independent, volunteer Jury members who selected this year’s winners.”

The Following Awards Were Handed Out Last Night in Toronto:

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE
BOY directed by Taika Waititi

BEST CANADIAN SHORT DRAMA
LUMAAJUUQ directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

BEST SHORT DRAMA
REDEMPTION directed by Katie Wolfe

BEST

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
NE LE DIS PAS (DO NOT TELL) directed by Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush

THE ALANIS OBOMSAWIN BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Y EL RΊO SIGUE CORRIENDO (AND THE RIVER FLOWS ON) directed by Carlos Pérez Rojas

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
BURNT directed by Alejandro Valbuena

BEST RADIO
ReVision Quest: “Humour: What’s so Funny About Being Native?” produced by Kim Ziervogel

BEST NEW MEDIA
Otsì:! Rise of the Kanien’kehá:ka Legends ARTIST: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC)

THE CYNTHIA-LICKERS SAGE AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT
Katie Wolfe director of REDEMPTION honourable mention
Kris Happyjack-McKenzie director of WINDIGO

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE PRODUCTION AWARD
FILE UNDER MISCELLANEOUS directed by Jeff Barnaby

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
HAUNTED written by Shane Ghostkeeper

CANWEST MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Awarded to Ervin Chartrand

DRAMA PITCH PRIZE
Awarded to Marcel Balfour and Darryl Nepinak for their pitch The Band Office

DOCUMENTARY PITCH PRIZE
Awarded to Candace Mae Maracle for her pitch The Creator’s Game

THE ELLEN MONAGUE AWARD FOR BEST YOUTH WORK
Kurt-E: In My Blood directed by Kurt Filiga

About imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.

Complete list of 2010 Sponsors:

PRESENTING: 
CTV

GOLD:
APTN
Astral Radio

SILVER:
Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund
Canada Media Fund
Casino Rama
Deluxe
Global Toronto
NBC Universal
RBC

BRONZE:
CBC
Isuma.TV
TD Bank Financial Group
TVO

MEDIA:
The AVR Radio Network
Eye Weekly
mediaINDIGENA.com
Movieola
NOW

SAY
Magazine
Xtra!

PUBLIC FUNDERS:
Canada Council for the Arts
Department of Canadian Heritage
Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
Ontario Arts Council
Ontario Native Women’s Association
Ontario Ministry of Tourism & Culture
Telefilm
Toronto Arts Council

COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
A Space
ACTRA
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Beehive
Charles Street Video
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
National Film Board
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
7th Generation Image Makers
Vtape
William F. White
Women in Film and Television – Toronto

FRIENDS:
Air Creebec
DHL Express
Frame Discreet
Niagara Custom Lab
Technicolor

FOUNDATIONS:
McLean Foundation
The Pluralism Fund

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