The sponsored by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, has been accompanying Wapikoni Mobile participants since 2011-2012. Both organizations join forces to award 2 prizes to a short film depicting alcohol, drug or gambling addiction and offering positive solutions. This highly motivating competition open to First Nation youth from Quebec aged 15-30 is an opportunity for young people to create something concrete that nurtures creativity and pride. It also means delving into a project that is both inspiring and beneficial to First Nation communities.
The jury (Manon Barbeau, executive director and co-founder of Wapikoni Mobile, Sonia Morin, director of Addiction and Homelessness for the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and Mélanie Leclerc, director of Communications for the Ministry of Health and Social Services) received nine film submissions this year, including one that did not meet the competition criteria. These shorts are a result of the hard work of young directors accompanied by Wapikoni’s field teams. This year’s theme was using passion as a way to keep addiction problems at bay.
Meet our 2017 winners.
FIRST PLACE: Jemmy Echaquan lives in Manawan, an Atikamekw community in the Mauricie. This visual arts lover wins $5,000 in equipment, which will allow her to grow as a filmmaker. Jemmy is extremely talented and hopes to pursue a filmmaking career after cegep.
Watch her award-winning film . (In French)
JURY FAVOURITE: Karen Pinette-Fontaine, a young Innu woman from Maliotenam is an artist at heart. Winning $1,000 in equipment will allow this Cegep student to get more experience before applying to study cinema.
Check out the trailer for Batailles (Battles), currently in festivals.