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.
Best WEB SERIES
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 a male or female actor 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.
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.
Thank you last years
2018 SIFA JURY
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.
2017 SIFA JURY
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 m.pet 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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