Award Winners Announced!

Award Winners Announced!

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Event: 2020 DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Dates: June 18-26, 2020  Venues: online! 
Admission: $6-10 sliding scale per individual virtual ticket; Festival Passes: $60. Tickets: Festival Box Office: [email protected] 
For information: 604.646.3200 Media contact: Marnie Wilson 604.836.2409 or [email protected]


DOXA Documentary Film Festival Announces Online Festival Award Winners 

Vancouver, BC / Thursday June 25, 2020 - As the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, wraps up its first-ever online edition, it is pleased to announce the winner of three competitions. 

Danski Tang’s Umbilical captured the DOXA Short Documentary Award. Jury members Jules Arita Koostachin, Tyler Hagan and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa described the film as “an absolutely necessary film, full of courage, formal experimentation and heart. The jury was struck by its evocative and visceral animation and visual elements, and the simple yet intimate and emotionally resonant story - a cruel and sad but potent account of abuse and survival.” An Honourable Mention goes to Huntsville Station directed by Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone: “An empathetic, simple yet profound observation at a bus station where recently released inmates gather in their first moments of freedom. It is a deep, heartbreaking, challenging film made with extreme care, respect and attention to detail. The film finds, in a corner of the US, a shared experience lived day in and day out across the country.”

The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary was given to Mira Burt-Wintonick's Wintopia, “for its poetic, deeply personal, self-reflexive approach to her exploration of the complexities of her relationship with her late father, his search for utopia, and his legacy as a documentary filmmaker." Jurors Ying Wang, Tony Westman and Nova Ami describe the film: "The answers to existential questions proposed by the film are revealed only by his daughter Mira’s courageous exploration of her father’s legacy as she confronts her own memories and relationship with her father and proves her own skills as storyteller and filmmaker."

Sung-A Yoon’s Overseas wins the DOXA Feature Documentary Award “for its cinematic accomplishment in revealing the widespread systemic exploitation of Filipina migrant workers through the voices of workers themselves.” Jurors Antoine Bourges, Shannon Walsh and Anne-Mary Mullen had this to say: “Alternating between role-play re-enactments and intimate everyday moments, Sung-A Yoon’s stunning film allows these women to tell their stories in the present tense, bringing us closer to their reality while allowing space for emotion and reflection. Through its artistry and tenderness, the film challenges our perceptions of Filipina domestic workers and shows how we as a society are complicit in their treatment. The jury was impressed by the film’s ability to bring emotional power and formal intelligence to the pressing issues faced by migrant domestic workers that have been ignored for far too long.”

All films in the 2020 DOXA Online Festival are available to stream until midnight on Friday June 26, 2020

Originally scheduled to take place May 7-17, DOXA Documentary Film Festival was one of many cultural events interrupted by COVID-19. DOXA Online runs June 18-26, 2020, offering an exceptional selection of films, filmmaker Q+A’s and live streaming events. Films will be available to stream for the duration of the above festival dates. Films are geo-blocked to British Columbia and virtual tickets will be limited. Select screenings will include pre-recorded filmmaker Q+As and extended discussions. Tickets are available online at For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society. DOXA is presented on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh territory.