the eighth annual
Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards
Saturday, November 27th, 2021
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is proud to present the Eighth Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA). Three evenings of online screenings will celebrate and showcase the best of Saskatchewan independent film, and the winners will be announced live during the online SIFA awards ceremony on Saturday November 27th.
The SIFA will present awards in five categories: Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Technical Achievement, Best Performance, and a new category this year, Best Music Video. The Audience Choice Award winner will be selected by viewers who tune into the live online event on November 27th. Live transcription and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
The five nominees for Best Student Film will be screened via the SIFA website on Thursday November 25th, 7pm and be available for viewing until Friday November 26th, 6pm.
The five nominees for Best Music Video will be screened via the SIFA website on Friday November 26th, 7pm and be available for viewing until Saturday November 27th, 6pm.
The SIFA winners will be announced during the online event on November 27th, hosted by Regina theatre artist Kris Alvarez. Kris has the privilege of relationship-building through creation and performance with like-spirited humans at Curtain Razors Theatre, Fadadance, the Artesian Theatre, and the Heritage Community Association. She's looking forward to hosting her first SIFA.
This event is free and open to all. It will be livestreamed from www.sifa.ca.
“The storytelling abilities of Saskatchewan filmmakers will inspire audiences from the comfort of their own homes during our second online edition of the much anticipated SIFA event,” says Filmpool Executive Director Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot.
“The live nature of the awards show makes for a fun and entertaining experience, expertly broadcast by a team of in-house and online tech support.”
The SIFA nominations were announced on November 8th. The nominees were selected by a jury of filmmakers from across
Western Canada: Saskatoon Producer and Director Larry Bauman, the Executive Director of CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers in Victoria, BC David Geiss, and Edmonton-based National Film Board Producer Chehala Leonard.
What: 8th Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards
When: Saturday November 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The province of Saskatchewan has a rich history in the production of independent film and video production, and the SIFA is an important event to further demonstrate to not only the filmmaking community, but to the entire province of Saskatchewan, of our ‘home-grown’ artistic talents and story telling abilities.
Saskatchewan is a growing province - growing in population diversity and cultural opportunity. We have always had a unique sense of provincial pride and perspective of ourselves and of the world around us. It is important we take every possible advantage in promoting our own artistic and creative talents. By so doing, this will not only reinforce our own cultural identity - in all its diversity and vibrancy, but also, it will foster new and ongoing opportunities of creativity, growth and economic success.
The annual presentation of SIFA is intended to support these objectives. It will bring Saskatchewan’s artistic and business communities together in an attempt to build a new and exciting future in Saskatchewan. The Filmpool believes it is imperative that we celebrate and showcase our own filmmakers – in order to help create new ideas, new heroes and new opportunities.