Awards

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 industry professionals to the Award Juries this year. Jury members meet during the course of the festival to choose the winning films, as well as award honourable mentions to selected films. See doxafestival.ca for more information on this year’s juries.

Feature Documentary Award

Films In Competition

Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Director

$5000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)

Films In Competition

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Director's Guild of Canada

 

 

DOXA Short Documentary Award

Films In Competition

Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming

DOXA is extremely proud to announce the eighth 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. On May 25, 2021, Nigel would have been 25 years old. We are very pleased to continue celebrating youth programming in his honour, during our 20th anniversary festival. 

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.

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Nigel Moore

Films in Competition

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.

2021 Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming Jury

Jacob Saltzberg

Jacob Saltzberg

Jacob Saltzberg has been a juror for DOXA for the past six years. He is a musician from Vancouver who has been involved with the Vancouver music scene for the past five years. He graduated from UBC Arts in 2019, specializing in Urban Studies. He recently taught English abroad in southern Israel, having moved back to Vancouver in July.

Teagan Dobson

Teagan Dobson

Teagan Dobson is the owner of The Pending Approval, a branding and design company located in Vancouver, focusing on creating brands that look as beautiful as they make you feel. When not working on art, Teagan spends most of her time writing, reading and watching documentary films. 

 

Maya Biderman

Maya Biderman

Maya Biderman is a first year medical student at the University of Toronto. She is an advocate for social justice with a strong focus on Indigenous wellness. She is also an arts enthusiast, having worked in musical theatre and entertainment, and has a love for documentary film. She is an avid traveller and an enthusiastic amateur rock climber.

Anna Hetherington

Anna Hetherington

Anna Hetherington is a business professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration focusing in Accounting. She has been a juror for the Nigel Moore Award since its inception and grew up with Nigel from the time they were born. Anna is an avid traveller and has volunteered and studied all over the world. She enjoys spending time on the ocean, reading memoirs and documentary films. 

 

Steven Hawkins

Steven Hawkins

Steven Hawkins has a passion for sustainable business, environmental policy and music. Holding a Bachelor of Commerce from UVic, Steven has been involved in a range of sustainable business endeavours and has worked in environmental conservation as a business planner. He is an avid surfer, sailor, skier and sport enthusiast. Further, Steven is a seasoned musician who has written, recorded and performed with a number of bands, and has composed for film and theatre.

Feature Documentary Award Jurors

Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Jorge Ignacio Castillo is a bilingual journalist with over twenty years of experience across print and visual media; film critic for the Canadian magazines Darpan (Vancouver), Prairie Dog (Regina) and Planet S (Saskatoon), the British publication Starburst, and the Chilean newspaper La Segunda. He's also the chair of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Jorge loves movies that push boundaries and long walks on the beach.

Brit Bachmann

Brit Bachmann

Brit Bachmann is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded lands belonging to the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She is the Executive Director of UNIT/PITT Society for Art & Critical Awareness, and co-founder of ReIssue.pub, an art writing partnership between UNIT/PITT and VIVO Media Arts Centre. Brit has previously worked in administration and outreach at VIVO, The Cinematheque, Capture Photography Festival; and notably, as Editor-In-Chief of Discorder Magazine (2015-18). In addition to cultural labour, Brit maintains a visual, sculptural and sound art practice working predominantly with clay and radio. 

David Geary photo by Tae Hoon Kim

David Geary

David Geary (Taranaki Māori) is a screenwriter, playwright, film and documentary maker. He teaches in the IDF Indigenous Digital Filmmaking and Documentary programs at Capilano University, and playwriting at PTC Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver. David’s recent theatre work includes short plays for Climate Change Theatre Action. His fiction work can be found in the Penguin Random House collection Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers and Bawaajigan: Stories of Power from Exile. He writes haiku on Twitter @gearsgeary. [Photo credit: Tae Hoon Kim]

Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Director Jurors

Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob joined the National Film Board’s BC & Yukon Studio in 1997 and went on to produce over 50 NFB films. His many credits include Crazywater, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive app Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. Jacob’s most recent feature documentary credits include Mina Shum’s Ninth Floor, about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969 that was selected to TIFF’s 2015 annual top ten list of best Canadian films, and Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a conservative Indo-Canadian family living in small-town British Columbia. Selwyn retired from the NFB in June, 2019, and his last production was Now Is The Time, directed by Haida filmmaker, Christopher Auchter. Selwyn has since returned to the private sector as an independent Producer/Director.

Kim Hsu Guise

Kim Hsu Guise

Kim Hsu Guise is an independent consultant currently working with Telefilm Canada on a national research project on training initiatives for underrepresented creatives in the audio-visual industries. Kim has 20 years of experience in the film and television industry as a lawyer, business affairs advisor and production executive. Kim was the Director of Local Content at TELUS and the Executive in Charge of Production for TELUS Original Programming and STORYHIVE, overseeing a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and cultural organizations. Kim is passionate about enabling people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to tell stories that are meaningful to them and their communities. Kim has deep experience designing programs and strategies to empower underrepresented creators and set them up for success. She is always a key maker - never a gatekeeper.

Julia Aoki

Julia Aoki

Julia Aoki is an administrator, writer, researcher, and advocate. Currently the Executive Director of Megaphone, she has served as General Manager and Programming Director of the Powell Street Festival, the General Manager of VIVO Media Arts Centre, and volunteered with advocacy organizations, such as the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres and DTES SRO Collaborative. Her writing on cultural expressions and community formations that are overlooked and underserved by commercial and political mechanisms and practices can be found in TOPIA, Space and Culture and a collection by Lexington Books.

DOXA Short Documentary Awards Jurors

Priyanka Desai

Priyanka Desai

Priyanka Desai is a content producer with over 12 years of experience in documentaries films, series and reality TV shows. Starting as a Journalist in India, she took on senior leadership positions as a News/Features Producer, Field Director/Producer, Production Manager and Executive Producer for unscripted Television. Her shows won several awards and stirred important conversations about youth issues and gender disparity. In 2019 she was selected for the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) BC Production Mentorship Program. In Canada, her recent work includes, award winning docu-series Red Chef Revival (Storyhive), pan-Canada Tourism video (ITAC), Short Documentary on Wheelchair Boxers (AMI), 2020 Fulmer Awardees Profile Videos (BC Achievement Foundation) and Moosemeat & Marmalade TV Series (APTN). Having worked on productions across two continents, she has developed a meticulous understanding of diverse audiences. Through her projects in media and community work, Priyanka is an assertive proponent on equal opportunity and gender sensitivity. She is serving as a Board Member of the Documentary Organisation of Canada’s BC/YUKON/NWT Chapter. She is also the newly appointed President of a non-profit organisation, Community Tree, that works for newcomers in Canada. Currently, Priyanka is part of the 21 selected producers' cohort for National Screen Institute's Business for Producers Program 2020-21. 

Teresa Alfeld

Teresa Alfeld

Teresa Alfeld is an award-winning documentary and dramatic writer / director from Vancouver and the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Credits include the feature documentary THE RANKIN FILE: LEGACY OF A RADICAL (produced by Opus 59 Films, opening night film at DOXA 2018/broadcast premiere on Knowledge Network 2019), the short documentary JEAN SWANSON: WE NEED A NEW MAP (premiering 2021, produced by Hot Docs Citizen Minutes) and short dramatic films BOSSBABE (premiering 2021), ROADKILL (2013), CHARLIE GAUVIN (2012), and BUNKY THE VAMPIRE KILLER (2010). Teresa begins production on her second feature documentary DOUG AND THE SLUGS AND ME for CBC Documentary Channel in 2021. She is currently developing a number of projects including a comedy television series (based on her short film CHARLIE GAUVIN), a short documentary about a cult Toronto band, and a POV feature documentary about life with Type 1 Diabetes. 

Alejandro Yoshizawa

Alejandro Yoshizawa

Alejandro Yoshizawa is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley. Specializing in documentaries, community stories, oral history, and digital media, his films include the award winning All Our Father's Relations (2016). Since 2014, he has also taught courses in Film Production and Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies at the University of British Columbia.