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imagineNATIVE awards two

NZ projects took two of the awards presented Sunday (NZ time) at this year’s imagineNATIVE. The winners play on the final day, which the festival reserves for screenings of its awarded titles.

Director Kim Webby and producer Christina Milligan were named winners of imagineNATIVE’s Best Doco award for The Price of Peace, which premiered earlier this year at the NZIFF and also screened on Māori Television last week.

Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana

Artist Lisa Reihana took imagineNATIVE’s Experimental award for her video work Tai Whetuki – House of Death, exploring Māori and Pacific cultural practices around death and mourning. The work had its premiere in this year’s Auckland Festival, shortly before Reihana premiered In Pursuit of Venus [Infected] in Auckland, which includes a film made with Rachel House.

imagineNATIVE attracted a solid delegation from New Zealand, including the teams behind the Wairoa and Maoriland Film Festivals.

imagineNATIVE ran 14 – 18 October in Toronto.

The 2015 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Award Winners were:

DRAMA PITCH PRIZE
Project: The Paradigm Recipient: Roxann Whitebean
Presented by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network 

DOCUMENTARY PITCH PRIZE
Project: Shattering Silences: An Indigenous Woman’s Journey Out of Domestic Violence
Recipient: Tasha Beeds
Presented by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Nitahkôtân (I Have Arrived), Director, Moe Clark
Presented by Slight Music: $500 cash award to musician and $500 to Indigenous creative

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
Tai Whetuki – House of Death, Director, Lisa Reihanna
Presented by imagineNATIVE: $1000 cash award

BEST CANADIAN SHORT DRAMA
Clouds of Autumn, Director, Trevor Mack
Presented by imagineNATIVE: $1000 cash award

BEST SHORT DRAMA
Stoerre Vaerie (Northern Great Mountain), Director/Producer: Amanda Kernell
Presented by Super Channel: $1000 cash award

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Nowhere Land, Director, Bonnie Ammaq
Presented by TVO: $1000 cash award

BEST AUDIO WORK
Reach for the Stars, Producer, Crystal Favel
Presented by imagineNATIVE: $1000 cash award

BEST DIGITAL MEDIA
Sky Pets, Artist, Shandiin Woodward
Presented by NBC Universal: $1000 cash award

THE JANE GLASSCO AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT
The Routes, Director, James McDougall
Presented by CJ Foundation: $2,000 cash award

CYNTHIA LICKERS-SAGE AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT
Le Dep, Director, Sonia Boileau
Presented by VTape: $1000 cash award

HONOURABLE MENTION
Dancing the Space Between, Director: Lacy J. Morin-Desjarlai, and Producer: Trudy Stewart and Janine Windolph
imagineNATIVE is awarding a special Honourable Mention for the short film Dancing the Space Inbetween to recognize the death of director Lacy J. Morin-Desjarlais, a committed young artist who died last February in a car accident that also took the lives of her collaborator, Regina artist Michele Sereda, Calgary theatre artist Michael Green and Blackfoot elder Narcisse Blood.

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE PRODUCTION AWARD
Bulunu Milkarri, Director, Sylvia Nulpinditj
Presented by Indigenous Media Initiatives: $1000 cash award

THE ELLEN MONAGUE AWARD FOR BEST YOUTH WORK
Lo Que Quiero Decirte, Director, Raquiel Palomino Ochoa
Presented by RBC: $1000 cash award

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE
Mekko, Director, Sterlin Harjo
Presented by BellMedia: $2,000 cash award

THE ALANIS OBOMSAWIN BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
The Price of Peace, Director, Kim Webby and Producer, Christina Milligan
Presented by imagineNATIVE: $2,000 cash award

THE AUGUST SCHELLENBERG AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 
Tantoo Cardinal
Presented by ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society & ACTRA National and generous individual donors: $1500 cash award

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