Indigenous Filmmakers Recognised In Canadian Screen Award Nominations

Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sami) have both been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards for their respective works, Roberta and Bihttoš.

Roberta and Bihttoš were commissioned by imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival and produced by Danis Goulet in 2014 as part of The Embargo Collective II. These films premiered in October 2014 alongside Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Aviliaq, Zoe Leigh Hopkins Skyworld and Lisa Jackson’s Intemperance. Māoriland Film Festival audiences may remember these films from our 2015 festival programme.

Caroline Monnet’s Roberta is nominated for Best Live Action Short Drama.

Housewife and grandmother Roberta struggles to fit the conformist society she lives in and turns to amphetamines to cure her boredom.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ Rebel | Bihttoš is nominated for Best Short Documentary.

Bihttoš is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments, and archival photos, writer/director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into the dissolution of her parents’ mythic love story and how it has colored her perception of love in her adult life.

Congratulations to Caroline Monnet and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers!

The full list of Canadian Screen Award Nominations are available here.