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

Films In Competition

DOXA Feature Documentary Award Jurors

Anne-Mary Mullen

Anne-Mary Mullen is the Senior Programmer & General Manager of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. She began her film festival career many years ago as a Box Office cashier at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Since then, she has worked at festivals all over North America including the San Francisco International Film Festival, Frameline, Tribeca, Sundance, and the Durango Festival of New Mexican Cinema. She grew up moving between Edmonton, Alberta and San Francisco, California. She holds a Master’s Degree in Literature from San Francisco State University and was one of the directors of the Robson Reading Series at UBC Robson Square. As a programmer for VLAFF, she specializes in Latin-Canadian cinema and has participated in festivals in Argentina, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain.

Shannon Walsh

Shannon Walsh has written and directed four award-winning feature documentaries, Illusions of Control (2019), Jeppe on a Friday (2013), À st-henri, le 26 août (2011), and H2Oil (2009), as well as numerous short films and VR works. Shannon's films have been broadcast and theatrically released internationally, played in over 70 film festivals globally, and screened in museum spaces, including the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. As a writer, she has published in a range of research areas, largely focused on South Africa, where she has often lived and worked. She has authored more than 35 journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited the book, The Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa (Wits University Press 2017). Shannon is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. Previously she spent three years as Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. She was a Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies from 2017-2018. Her upcoming film, The Gig is Up: A Very Human Tech Doc, will be released in late 2020. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow.

Antoine Bourges

Antoine Bourges is a Vancouver-based filmmaker originating from Paris, France. His shorts Woman Waiting (2010) and William in White Shirt (2015), along with his mid-length film East Hastings Pharmacy (2012), have screened in festivals across North America and Europe, including the Berlinale, Viennale and TIFF. His first feature film Fail to Appear (2017) premiered at VIFF and was released theatrically in Canada in 2018.

Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary

Films In Competition

Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary Jurors

Ying Wang

As a migrant navigating between multiple cultures, Ying Wang is fascinated by stories that reveal the geopolitical complexity of global migration. Following the 10-year journey of an elderly Chinese couple searching for the truth behind their son's death in Canada, her new documentary "The World is Bright" is a tender portrait of family, mental health and migration, and an indictment of state bureaucracy. Ying received the Sea to Sky Award at the 38th Vancouver International Film Festival in 2019 and Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in 2020. Her credits as a documentary filmmaker also include producing "Tricks on the Dead: The Story of Chinese Labour Corps in WWI,” a Canada-China-France co-production that won two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards and the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival Audience Must See Award.  

Tony Westman

Tony Westman has been in the motion picture industry for over forty years, starting his film career working for the National Film Board photographing and directing numerous documentaries. After several years teaching film at Simon Fraser University, Tony embarked on an independent career with his company Beluga Productions making educational and industrial films but soon found an extensive career working as a Director and Director of Photography for the Hollywood theatrical film and television industry. In recent years he obtained his Master Degree in Liberal studies from Simon Fraser University and has transitioned to teaching filmmaking at Emily Car University and currently on faculty at Capilano University in the Motion Picture Arts program.

Nova Ami

Nova Ami creates socially relevant, thought-provoking films that inspire, educate, and empower. Her most recent work was the award-winning Metamorphosis (co-directed with Velcrow Ripper), a theatrical feature documentary which explores the theme of change in this time of climate crisis, described as “breathtaking” by the Toronto Star.  Previous documentaries include Say I Do: Unveiling the Stories of Mail-Order Brides, and Secrets: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Sexuality which aired on CBC’s The Passionate Eye. She was host, director, and writer on The Leading Edge, a television series about innovation that aired on Knowledge, and was host and segment producer of GVTV, a series about urban issues in Vancouver. She has a master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School, NYC.

DOXA Short Documentary Award

Films In Competition

  • Clebs (Directed by Halima Ouardiri)
  • Huntsville Station (Directed by Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone)
  • Lichen (Directed by Lisa Jackson)
  • On Falling (Directed by Jospehine Anderson)
  • Redbird and other birds (Directed by Julieta Maria)
  • Speaking for the Dead (Directed by Peiman Zekavat)
  • The Reversal (Directed by Jennifer Boles)
  • Umbilical (Directed by Danski Tang)


DOXA Short Documentary Awards Jurors

Jules Arita Koostachin

Born in Moose Factory Ontario, Jules was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and also with her mother in Ottawa, a warrior of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo InNiNeWak. She currently resides in Vancouver where she is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, her research focus is Indigenous documentary. In 2017, she released her short documentary NiiSoTeWak and her second CBC short OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day was released in early 2019. In 2017, she released a short documentary Butterfly Monument about her relation, the late Shannen Koostachin with co-director/producer Rick Miller. In the fall of 2018, Jules latest narrative film OChiSkwaCho premiered at ImagineNative Film Festival. In 2018, her first book of poetry Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths was published with Kegedonce Press, and she was also a selected filmmaker for the TIFF Filmmakers Lab. She carries extensive knowledge working in Indigenous community in several different capacities and these community experiences continue to feed her advocacy and her arts practice. 

Tyler Hagan

Tyler Hagan is a Métis-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C. His producing credits include the feature debut from Kathleen Hepburn NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2017; Shirley Henderson, Theodore Pellerin), THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (2019) by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn; and the three short films: NO WORDS CAME DOWN (2011), JIMBO (2013) & NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2015). THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN premiered at the Berlinale 2019 and all his films have played at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by four selections by TIFF for Canada’sTop Ten. THE BODY REMEMBERS was picked up for distribution by Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY, who released the film on Netflix and in Theatres in the US. The film received the prestigious Toronto Film Critcs’ Association Best Canadian Film Award, as well as 3 Canadian Screen Awards and 3 Vancouver Film Critics’ Circle Awards. His directorial work has shown at Berlinale and includes work with the NFB, CBC, and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. He received his BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University.

Pablo Alvarez-Mesa

Pablo Alvarez-Mesa is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Montreal, Canada. His films all touch in one way or another issues of displacement, history and collective memory. Pablo is a Berlinale Talents and CFC alumni. 

Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming

Nigel Moore

DOXA is extremely proud to host the annual 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. Each year. the award is 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.

The Nigel Moore Award is postponed until DOXA's Rated Y for Youth program returns in 2021.