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.


DOXA Feature Documentary Award Jurors

Tom Charity

Tom Charity is the programmer at VIFF's year-round Vancity Theatre and a freelance film critic and writer. Tom was film editor at Time Out London magazine prior to moving to Vancouver in 2004. He is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and Cinema Scope magazines.

Steffanie Ling

Steffanie Ling is a writer, film and art critic and a curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Her art and film writing has appeared in Canadian Art, Hong Kong Review of Books, San Francisco Art Quarterly, Flash Art, and Brooklyn Rail, among others. She is currently an editor of The Mainlander, and Charcuterie, a journal of experimental art writing and polemics.

Anoushka Ratnarajah

Anoushka Ratnarajah is a queer, mixed race femme, and an interdisciplinary and transnational artist and arts organizer. Among many projects, Anoushka is the co-Artistic Director at Out On Screen, which produces the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, celebrating its 30th year this August 9-19th.

DOXA Short Documentary Awards Jurors

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason is an award-winning filmmaker and instructor at the Capilano University Documentary Program. She is currently at work on the feature documentary A Song For Carlos, about her grandfather’s experiences as a propaganda poster painter in the Spanish Civil War.

Tony Massil

Tony is a documentary filmmaker and editor whose work has screened at festivals such as TIFF, SXSW, True/False, VIFF and Hot Docs. A graduate of the SFU Film Program, he was also a participant in Talent Labs at TIFF and RIDM. He is currently in post-production on a new documentary set in the towns of Stewart, BC and Hyder, Alaska.

Sonia Medel

Sonia has been a part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival’s coordinating and programming teams. She is also an Instructor in Langara College’s Interdisciplinary Studies department where she develops curriculum on the (de)colonial power of the arts and policy for social transformation; and is completing her PhD in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia as a Public Scholar.

Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary Jurors

Ana Carrizales

Ana Carrizales is a performer, writer, producer and media creator. Ana has written, produced and directed several short films and documentaries, and is currently directing and producing a new feature documentary set in the Amazonian jungle. She sits on the boards of DOC BC and the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

Kelly Maxwell

Kelly Maxwell co-founded Line 21 Media Services in 1994, and has co-owned and co-operated it ever since, providing captioning, subtitling, transcription and as-produced script services to Vancouver and beyond. Kelly is a proud member of Women in Film and Television BC, the Vancouver Post Alliance, the MPPIA, and Field & Post.

Susi Porter-Bopp

Susi is a filmmaker based in Vancouver. Her 2015 documentary We Call Them Intruders: Canadian Mining in Africa (co-directed with Tamara Herman) won the Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming at DOXA.

Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming

DOXA is extremely proud to announce the sixth 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: Maya BidermanTeagan DobsonSteven HawkinsAnna HetheringtonJacob Saltzberg