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

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.