Best Short Film

Naming Sponsor: Lampblack Studios

To qualify for this category, films must not exceed 15 minutes. The winner of this award will receive a $250 cash prize, along with their name on the Best Short Film SIFA trophy, and their own individual-sized trophy.


Best Student Film

Naming Sponsor: University of Regina – Department of Film

To qualify for this category, films must be over 50 minutes. The winner of this award will receive a $250 cash prize, and their own individual-sized trophy.


Best Feature Film 

Naming Sponsor: SMPIA

To qualify for this category, the filmmaker must be enrolled in secondary or post-secondary schooling, or have created their film within the last two years while being enrolled in secondary or post-secondary schooling. The winner of this award will receive a $100 cash price, and their own individual-sized trophy.


Naming Sponsor: Creative Saskatchewan

To qualify for this category, 3 episodes of a longer series must be submitted. Please see Rules & Terms below for submission details. The winner of this award will receive a $250 cash prize, and their own individual-sized trophy.


Naming Sponsor: B.E.ZEE Productions

This award will be given to an outstanding performance by on-screen talent in a submitted film. The winner of this award will receive a $100 cash prize, and their own individual-sized trophy.

Best Technical Achievement

Naming Sponsor: Java Post

This award will recognize achievement in the technical aspects of a nominated film, including cinematography, sound design, and post-production. The winner of this award will receive a $100 cash prize, and their own individual-sized trophy.

audience choice

Naming Sponsor: Flo Print

Text in your vote! Each film will be assigned a text code, and during a specific voting period, audience members will be asked to vote for their favourite nominated film. The winner of this award will receive a $100 cash prize, and their own individual-sized trophy.


SIFA is adjudicated by a jury panel of three professional independent Saskatchewan filmmakers

• This is a competitive process juried by a panel of three professional independent filmmakers

• Films selected for the SIFA Screening will be assessed under the context of the Filmpool’s mandate.

• The Filmpool retains the right to deem certain content inappropriate for a general audience.

• The final decision regarding interpretation of the eligibility of any production for consideration for the SIFAs will be the responsibility of the Filmpool and the 2019 SIFA Committee.

The 2019 jury considers a diverse selection of drama, comedy, experimental, animation, and documentary according to four criteria: technical, creative, vision, and merit.

Technical merit consists of a film's technical quality of image and sound, such as focus, exposure, camera control, and  sound clarity and mix.

Creative merit pertains to how a film makes creative use of film language, including camera movement and angles, editing, frame composition, lighting and sound.

Filmmaker vision consists of how effectively and uniquely a film's theme, message and/or point of view is communicated  through a film.

Overall Merit considers the overall effectiveness of a film, how well the film accomplishes what it attempts to do.


Leah Taylor is the curator for the Kenderdine Art Gallery / College Art Galleries at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She earned an MA in History in Art from the University of Victoria  in 2011and a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. In 2018, Taylor did a six-month Curatorial Residency with the Banff Centre for the Arts, International Curatorial Institute. Taylor’s curatorial research interests focus on politically and socially engaged contemporary art. She currently sits on the Board and Editorial Committee for BlackFlash Magazine. She has also served on the Artist Selection Committee for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon since 2015. 


Layton Burton has been a cinematographer and director of photography for over 35 years.  His work experience includes commercials, documentaries, television series and feature films.  As a passionate Saskatchewan filmmaker, Layton has devoted much of his time and experience to young independent filmmakers in the province and he’s been a tireless advocate for the future of film as an industry in Saskatchewan.  Currently Layton is an instructor at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism where he teaches broadcast news and feature documentary production. He is also working on his master’s degree in film and gender studies. Film is good business.  


Mike Rollo’s work explores alternative approaches to documentary cinema — methods
which thematise vanishing communication cultures, industrial developments, and
transitional spaces through references to memory, history, religion, and autobiography. A
founding member of Montreal’s experimental film collective Double Negative, Mike has
curated the work of prominent international and Canadian experimental filmmakers.
Currently, he is a founding member of Independent Visions a curatorial incubator devoted
to making independent and experimental media accessible to a diverse audience in
Regina and board member for WNDX: Festival of Moving Image in Winnipeg. Mike’s films
have screened at prestigious festivals and galleries such as the Atlanta Film Festival (USA),
Edinburgh Film Festival, FID Marseille, Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Germany), Hot
Springs Documentary Film Festival (USA), Rencontres internationales du documentaire de
Montreal, International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Los Angeles
Film Forum, Museum of Modern Art (Brazil) and Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Rollo’s film Ghosts and Gravel Roads (2008) was honoured as one of Canada’s Top Ten
Shorts in 2008 by the Toronto International Film Group. His latest film Farewell
Transmission (2017) won Best Short Film at the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards in


Bernadette Mullen is a film and stage actor, has a BFA from the university of  Regina and a graduate of Globe Theatre Conservatory program. Some of Bernadette's work includes Gillian in Brian Stockton's, Sabbatical and Ms. Dash in Lucas Frison's, Talent,  as well as roles in numerous short films. Bernadette received a Best Actor nomination at the 2015 SIFA awards for her role as Dr. Bennett in Elise Beaudry-Fernand's R.C.I.  In addition, Bernadette coaches and directs youth in acting and writing for the stage. 


Trudy Stewart is a storyteller based in Regina, Saskatchewan and proud member of the Flying Dust First Nation. She is a Writer, Director and Producer, as well as a Programmer for the imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival in Toronto, ON. Trudy is currently writing her first feature film.


Jason Rister is a Regina based director, cinematographer and colourist, and an active member of Saskatchewan's independent filmmaking community.  As a colourist Jason recent work includes the documentary 'Unbroken' on Olympian Mark McMorris, as well as the Saskatchewan TV series ‘Nordic Lodge’. Over the past five years, Jason has supported and worked on numerous Saskatchewan independent film projects.


Marcel Petit (Saskatoon)

Saskatchewan born Cree Metis artist, Marcel Petit is an independent producer, filmmaker, actor, photographer and playwright from Saskatoon, SK where he runs his independent production company productions.
Marcel has several film/video works to his name including short dramatic pieces to several short videos to feature documentaries.

Christine Ramsay (Regina)

Dr. Christine Ramsay is Professor in the Department of Film at the University of Regina. Her research and teaching are in the areas of Canadian and Saskatchewan cinemas, masculinities in contemporary cinemas, curatorial studies in expanded cinema, the culture of small cities, and philosophies of identity. She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies programs in the Faculty of MAP at the University of Regina, and as President of the Board of the Art Gallery of Regina, and has served as past President of the Regina Arts Commission and the Film Studies Association of Canada, and as Host of Prairie Night at the Movies for the Saskatchewan Communications Network.

Hugh Patterson (Regina)

Hugh is a Regina based film producer with Echolands Creative Group. His numerous producing credits include WolfCop (2014), Chelsea (2014), Another WolfCop (2017) and soon to be released SUPERGRID (2018).

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