The months of July and August have been particularly generous in awards to Wapikoni shorts which have garnered three prizes and a jury mention!
First of all, the film Face à face (Face to Face) by Fred Cheezo, a filmmaker who participated in the Montreal workshop, won the 3, 2, 1 Passion prize from the Quebec Department of Health and Social Services. Watch his reaction when Manon Barbeau, Wapikoni’s Director General, announced the news to him:
This prize brings with it $5 000 in equipment, allowing him now to work on his personal film projects throughout the year.
Another great source of pride – the Fantasia Festival, one of the most popular festivals in the world for genre films, awarded a Special Mention by the Jury to the short Neka, by Nemnemiss Mckenzie of the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam community. Nemnemiss will unfortunately not be able to attend the award ceremony, but this recognition means a great deal to us.
Finally, the Montreal First Peoples Festival/Présence autochtone awarded the Jury’s “Coup de Coeur” prize for shorts as well as a prize for cinematography to Mr. Sanderson, the film of Ray Sanderson and Terrie McIntosh, two directors from the Ojibway community of Pine Creek in Manitoba.
Télé-Québec’s “Coup de Coeur” prize was awarded to the short De face ou de profil by director Sharon Fontaine, from the Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam.
Congratulations to the directors and to the teams who worked on these films!