Canadian Juried Awards

Canadian works completed in the last 18 months and screening at this year’s Festival are eligible for consideration by the jury.

 

Best Canadian Feature (Narrative or Documentary)

This $2,500 cash award is presented to an established Canadian artist for their feature-length narrative or documentary film.

2021 Winner – Fanny: The Right to Rock, Bobbi Jo Hart

 

Emerging Canadian Artist

Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

This award includes a cash prize of $2,500 from our Lead Sponsor, RBC. It will be presented to an early-career Canadian filmmaker. The recipient must have directed no more than two fiction narrative short films or no more than one fiction narrative feature-length film.

2021 Winner – Pitoc e icinakosian, Jos-Onimskiw Ottawa-Dubé and Gerry Ottawa

 

Best Canadian Short

This $1,000 cash award is presented to a Canadian filmmaker for their short-form narrative or documentary film.

2021 Winner – You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow, Michael Hanley

 

International Juried Award

 

Best First Feature Award

This $2,500 cash award is presented to the International Jury’s selection for best film by a first-time feature director. Past winners of this award include Francis Lee for God’s Own Country and Andrew Ahn for Spa Night. This award was originally established through the generosity of Bill Ostrander.

2021 Winner – Sweetheart, Marley Morrison

 

Audience Awards

Exercise your right to vote! Cinesend will allow you to submit a rating from 1-5 stars for every film you watch from May 27 – June 5, with winners being announced on June 6th.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “I’ll have what she’s having!” (When Harry Met Sally, 1989)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Flung out of space….” (Carol, 2015)

⭐⭐⭐ – “There’s hope for you yet, Russell.” (Almost Famous, 2000)

⭐⭐ – “Hammond, after careful consideration, I’ve decided not to endorse your park.” (Jurassic Park, 1993)

– “You can’t sit with us!” (Mean Girls, 2004)

 

Best Narrative Feature

Sponsored by eOne

This $3,000 cash award will be presented to the audience’s favourite feature-length film.

 

Best Documentary Feature

Sponsored by eOne

This $3,000 cash award will be presented to the audience’s favourite feature-length documentary film.

 

Best Short Film

Sponsored by eOne

This $1,000 cash award is presented to the audience’s favourite film within a shorts program.

 

 

Leadership Circle Prize for Outstanding Performance 

This $1,000 cash award is presented by the Leadership Circle for the most outstanding performance by an actor in a feature-length narrative film.

 

 

Pitch, Please!

Our pitch competition will go live on June 5, 2021, at 2:00pm EDT, as competitors from across the globe present a short, two-minute pitch to a virtual jury and audience, with one winner taking home a $5,000 production grant sponsored by Netflix.

 

2021 Participants 

Do Digital Curanderas Use Eggs in Their Limpias? by Roberto Fatal (Writer, Producer, Director)

The Fickle Light of Spring by Ajahnis Charley (Writer, Director, Actor)

Grace by Natalie Jasmine Harris (Writer, Director)

The House Sitters by Sydne Horton (Director)

Twenty Five is just a Dinner Party with Warm Beer by Goldbloom Micomonaco (Producer) & Onyeka Oudh (Writer, Director)