CELEBRATING THE BEST OF SASKATCHEWAN INDEPENDENT FILM 8th Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards | Nominee Announcement
Monday November 8th, 2021, 1:00pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REGINA, SK., — The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is proud to announce the nominees for the 8th Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA), which will take place online on Saturday, November 27th.
This year’s SIFA has nominees in five categories: Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Technical Achievement, Best Performance, and a new category this year: Best Music Video. The winner of the popular Audience Choice Award will be determined by viewers who tune in during the live SIFA event on November 27th.
The SIFA, presented by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, celebrates the best in Saskatchewan filmmaking. “The tenacity and spirit of independent filmmaking in our province, even during the trying times of the pandemic, is shown by the record number of submissions received this year, which included dramatic, documentary, and experimental films,” says Filmpool Executive Director Hagere Selam Zegeye-Gebrehiwot.
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. The jurors were very impressed by the quality and range of the submissions, and found it very challenging to narrow their choices to five nominees per category.
SIFA and The Saskatchewan Filmpool cooperative Cooperative would like to thank our Award Naming Sponsors:
Best Short - SMPIA
Best Student - Department of Film ,University of Regina
Best Technical Achievement - Java Post Productions
Best Performance - Iron Door Productions
Best Music Video - Creative Saskatchewan
Audience Choice - Sask Interactive.
The winners will be announced during the online event on November 27th, hosted by Regina theatre artist Kris Alvarez.
What: 8th Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards
When: Saturday November 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Nominee list: www.sifa.ca/nominees
The 8th Annual SIFA Nominees (listed in alphabetical order)
Best Short Film nominees: Sponsored by SMPIA
By Faith, Denis, Directed by Jeremy Ratzlaff
Far From Me, Directed by Levi Mierau
Hard Reset…, Directed by Scott Daniel Johnson
Torch Narrows, Directed by Simon Garez
Via Karelia, Directed by Elian Mikkola
Best Student Film nominees: Sponsored by Department of Film - University of Regina
Dirty Laundry, Directed by Florence Hwang
Look For Me, Directed by Adrienne Kaye
Needle-Working, Directed by Jillian Bader
Night Terrors, Directed by Bella Rosa Zubot Petrovitch
The Little House, Directed by Hayden Schutz
Best Music Video nominees: Sponsored by Creative Saskatchewan
Chew Quietly/Clean Slate - Megan Nash, Directed by Amy Mantyka
Constance - Spiritbox, Directed by Dylan Hryciuk
Crack in the Mirror - Flash Back, Directed by Wyatt Heiberg
Ready To Be Brave - Jeffrey Straker, Directed by Dylan Hryciuk
She’s like the Swallow - Dara Schindelka, Directed by Colin Hubick
Best Performance nominees: Sponsored by Iron Door Productions
Bernadette Mullen - Far From Me
Georgina Lightning - Ghosts of Yesterday
Kody Farrow - Ready to Be Brave
Madeline Setzer - Ghosts of Yesterday
Sierra Haynes - By Faith, Denis
Best Technical Achievement nominees: Sponsored by Java Post Productions
Hard Reset - Editing
Lift, Spur - Cinematography
Ready To Be Brave - Production Design
Sled Week - Cinematography
Torch Narrows - Cinematography
Media Contact: Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot
Filmpool Executive Director: Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot
Phone: 306-757-8818 (office)
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative was established in 1977, and assists
the production and exhibition of Saskatchewan independent films. Every year
our members create independent films through our production