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The DOXA award winners are selected on the basis of three major criteria: success and innovation in the realization of the project’s concept; originality and relevance of subject matter and approach; and overall artistic and technical proficiency.

DOXA is very happy to welcome an outstanding group of filmmakers, film critics, and educators to the Awards Juries this year. Jury members meet during the course of the festival to choose a winner, as well as award honourable mention to selected films.

DOXA Feature Documentary Award Jurors

David Beers

David Beers founded The Tyee, was senior editor at Mother Jones and two large newspapers, and won National Magazine Awards in the US and Canada for his writing. Blue Sky Dream, his acclaimed Silicon Valley memoir, is widely assigned in universities. He is an adjunct professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and coorganizer of the Urbanarium City Debates.

Barbara Chirinos

Originally from New York City, Barbara Chirinos currently serves as the Executive Director of the Granville Island Cultural Society. Barbara created and continues to cocurate the VIFF/Vancity Black History Month film series. She also enjoyed her work as VIFF’s Gala Producer.

Shaun Inouye

Shaun Inouye works at The Cinematheque, a non-profit film institute in Vancouver. He holds a Masters in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, for which he wrote a thesis on André Bazin. He has published articles on Jean-Luc Godard and Harmony Korine. In 2015, he curated the screening series and art exhibition, Traces That Resemble Us, at The Cinematheque and Monte Clark Gallery.

DOXA Short Documentary Awards Jurors

Daniel Tseghay

Daniel Tseghay is a Vancouver-based organizer and freelance writer who’s written for, The Georgia Straight, and the Toronto Star, among others.

Hal Wake

Hal Wake has been engaged with the literary community in Canada for more than 30 years. In the mid 1980s he was the book producer for CBC Radio’s Morningside with Peter Gzowski. He has hosted or moderated hundreds of literary events at festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, New York, Whitehorse, Melbourne, and Sydney Australia. His reviews have appeared in The Georgia Straight, The Globe and Mail, and The Vancouver Sun. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival.

Marsha Lederman

Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers film, television, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and related issues. Before joining The Globe, Marsha worked for CBC Radio, mostly in Toronto, where she held a variety of positions, including National Arts Reporter. Marsha was born in Toronto and has lived in Vancouver since 2007.

Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary Jurors

Kathleen Jayme

Kathleen Jayme is a Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C.. She is a graduate of UBC’s Film Production Program, where she won a Leo for Best Student Production. Her latest documentary, Paradise Island, was featured at the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner. Kathleen works at the National Film Board of Canada as a Production Coordinator where she brings what she learns from experienced directors, editors, and producers to her own films.

Andrea Warner

Andrea Warner is a writer, critic, and co-host of the podcast, Pop This!. She is an associate producer at CBC Music, and other bylines include Exclaim!, The Georgia Straight, Pitchfork, Charleston City Paper, and The Globe and Mail. Pop culture, art, and feminism make her happy. Conveniently, all three fit in pretty well with her debut book, We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the ‘90s and Changed Canadian Music, which was published by Eternal Cavalier Press, Spring 2015, and is currently in its third printing.

Janice Ungaro

Vancouver favourite Janice Ungaro has spent the past 14 years working in Los Angeles writing and producing the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, The Phil Hendrie Show, and The Bill Handel Show. She continues to tour with and produce the Jillian Michaels Show. Janice is the Co-Host of the Janice & Cory Show, heard daily 3pm-6pm on Roundhouse Radio.

Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming

DOXA is extremely proud to announce the third edition of the Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming. Named in memory of Nigel Moore, a young man whose passion for knowledge, exploration, and advocacy found a home in his love for documentary film. For younger audiences, documentary has particular relevance. The world in which they’re growing up is an increasingly complex place. Documentary not only captures this complexity, but also has the capacity to act as a catalyst for social change, and fundamentally alter people’s behaviour. The award will be adjudicated by a Youth Jury, who will choose the film that best exemplifies the qualities of compassion, social engagement, and spirit in which Nigel lived.

JURORS: Steven Hawkins • Jacob Saltzberg • Teagan Dobson • Anna Hetherington

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film

DOXA and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is proud to present the EDA Award to recognize and honour excellent work by a woman film director. In addition to presenting year end awards during the annual movie awards season, AWFJ partners with select film festivals throughout the year to present EDA Awards for best female directed films in the documentary, narrative feature and short categories. EDA Awards presented at festivals are often a film’s first award, and boosts industry and public awareness of the winner, often leading to sales, other festival appearances and funding for the filmmaker’s future projects. EDA Awards are also presented in conjunction with special events, most notably with the Museum of Modern Art’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective of the POV Documentary Program on Public Television in the US. The EDA Awards were named in honour of Eda Reiss Merin, an actress, founder of AFTRA, member of AMPAS and the mother of AWFJ founder and president, Jennifer Merin.

AWFJ juries are drawn exclusively from AWFJ membership, a collective of leading professional film journalists based in the US, Canada, and the UK. To learn more about the EDA Awards and other AWFJ activities, visit