2020 AWARD WINNERS

Best Canadian Feature Film Winner

The Magnitude of All Things

Jennifer Abbott

 

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Best Canadian Short Film Winner

Caribou in the Archive

Jennifer Dysart

 

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Best International Feature Winner

The Red Line – Resistance in Hambach Forest

Karin de Miguel Wessendorf (Germany)

 

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Best International Short Winner

This Land

Chelsea Jolly, Whit Hassett (USA)

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Mark Haslam Award Winner

Makongo

Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino (Central African Republic)

 

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2020 JURIES

Best Canadian Feature Jury 

Brett Story

Filmmaker, 2019 Winner

Brett Story is a filmmaker and writer based in Toronto. Her films have screened internationally at festivals such as CPH-DOX, the Viennale, SXSW, True/False, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Her 2016 feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival and was a nominee for Best Feature Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards. Brett is the author of the book, Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America, and co-editor of the book, Digital Life in the Global City. Read more

Elwood Jimmy

Programmer

Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, facilitator, cultural manager, and gardener. He is originally from Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north. For over 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations locally and abroad. With Vanessa Andreotti and Sharon Stein, he is the co-author of Towards Braiding, a book that gestures towards centring the planet within the building of wiser relationships and futures between Indigenous and settler communities.

Selin Murat

Programmer

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of North America’s leading documentary film festivals. Each year, the RIDM presents more than 100 Canadian and international documentaries. Its industry event, Forum RIDM, is Quebec’s only documentary forum. Selin is the Forum RIDM’s director of programming and programs films for the festival.

Best International Feature Film Jury

Alex Glustrom

Filmmaker, 2019 Winner

Alexander has directed, shot, produced, and edited a wide variety of film projects ranging from commercial, music, and art videos that have reached hundreds of thousands online, to documentaries that have been featured in film festivals internationally. His feature documentary “Mossville” has won more than fifteen awards at festivals around the world. It is currently broadcasting nationally on PBS, streaming on Amazon Prime and is scheduled to be shown to the United Nations in Geneva in October of 2020. Read more

 

Aisha Jamal

Programmer, Hot Docs

Aisha Jamal is a filmmaker, programmer and college professor. She is Canadian film programmer at Hot Docs Documentary Festival and previously worked for TIFF and Syria Film Festival Toronto, amongst others. Her feature documentary “A Kandahar Away” is now screening on CBC Gem and she is currently working on a documentary web series on emerging alternative death industries entitled “How We Die.” Her previous short films have played at venues and festivals worldwide. Aisha teaches film theory and criticism at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

Marc Glassman

Editor, POV Magazine

Marc Glassman is the editor of the Canadian documentary magazine POV and film critic for Classical 96.3 FM. For six years, he was the senior programmer for the Planet in Focus festival. Marc is one of the founders of the Images Festival and was the first international programmer for Hot Docs. He is an adjunct professor at Ryerson University and the artistic director of Pages UnBound, which produces literary events. 

Elise Labbé

Head of Festivals, NFB

Elise Labbé has been working for numerous years in different positions at the National Film Board of Canada, national public producer of award winning and creative works in Canada. Head of festivals and audience development since 2011, she has contributed over the years to launching hundreds of documentary and animated films. She has received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for outstanding achievement in public service. Read more

Best Canadian Short Film Jury

Caroline Underwood

Producer, CBC Nature of Things

Caroline Underwood is an Executive Producer and Wildlife and Science Documentary Consultant. Until 2015 she was Senior Producer and the Commissioning Editor for CBC’s The Nature of Things. Recent series include The Wild Canadian Year, Equus: The Story of the Horse,  Wild Canada and The Great Human Odyssey. She has been involved with Planet in Focus for more than 17 years. Read more

Anastasia Laukkanen

Director, ECOCUP Film Festival

Anastasia Laukkanen is a founder and a program director of the International ECOCUP Green Documentary Film Festival that has been taking place in cities of Russia and CIS countries since 2010. She lives between Moscow and Istanbul where she is a part of a team of the International Sustainable Living Film Festival. Anastasia has a background in journalism and has a Master of Science in Sustainability (Sweden).

Jason Anderson

Programmer, TIFF

Jason Anderson is a film programmer, journalist and lecturer based in Toronto. He is the lead programmer for the Short Cuts program at the Toronto International Film Festival and the director of programming for Aspen Shortsfest and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. A former critic and columnist for Eye Weekly and The Grid in Toronto, he regularly writes about film and music for publications as Uncut Mag, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope and Movie Entertainment.

Greg Klymkiw

Executive Director, The Winnipeg Film Group

Greg Klymkiw is a producer, screenwriter, teacher and journalist who is currently the Executive Director of The Winnipeg Film Group and previously served as the Producer-in-Residence and Senior Creative Consultant at The Canadian Film Centre. 

Best International Short Film Jury

Guillerme Gehr

Filmmaker, Winner 2019

Guilherme was born in Santa Catarina State, South of Brazil, where he got a bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Video at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, having done a lot of work on painting and drawing and, mainly, Set Design and Art Direction. Being a designer by passion, at the end of the course he turned his attention to animation.

Eleonora Isunza

Director, Cinema Planeta

Eleonora Isunza de Pech started to work from 1988 at the Radio and Television Institute of Morelos as a writer, producer and presenter. In 2009, she co-founded Cinema Planeta, the International Festival of Environmental Films of Mexico which she has co-directed ever since. From 2011 to 2013, she hosted a film program on the news channel TVC Ambientales. She is founder and board member of the Green Film Network as well as the Culture Seminar of Mexico, Chapter Cuernavaca, and the Mexican Film Festivals Network. Read more

Marni Goldman

Producer

Marni Goldman has extensive experience as a producer, writer and director on large studio shoots and in field productions. She has honed her skills working on a wide range of award winning factual, documentary & entertainment programming, including stints at the NFB, Chum Television, and the CBC Documentary Unit. She is also a Ryerson RTA School of Media Instructor. She is also a dedicated supporter of the arts and has served on many juries including The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, CLIX Photography Competition, the Banff Rockie Awards and the Canadian Screen Awards. Read more

Cynthia Amsden

Film Publicist

With 200+ film/television credits to her name, Amsden has handled TV, features, shorts, and documentaries as unit/launch publicist and as a festival publicist at Cannes, TIFF, Sundance & Fantasia. Amsden was the publicist for Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian and Trickster at TIFF 20; Sarah Polley’s double Oscar-nominee Away From Her, Take This Waltz & Stories We Tell; and for Blue Ice Pictures: The Book of Negroes, Cairo Time, Lucky, Inescapable, October GaleMadiba; Read more

Mark Haslam Award Jury

Julian Carrington

Planet in Focus Programmer

Julian Carrington is a freelance writer and film programmer based in Toronto. He has contributed to publications including The Globe & Mail, Indiewire, and Cinema Scope, and, in 2014, served as a programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015, he became manger of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge initiative, supporting filmmakers in developing distribution and audience engagement strategies. Julian joined Planet in Focus as the festival’s associate programmer in 2016.

Lesley Johnson

Planet in Focus Programmer

Lesley Johnson is a director, producer and programmer, based in Toronto and Yellowknife. She studied Film Production in York University’s MFA program, and holds degrees in wildlife and environmental sciences. Before becoming a filmmaker, she worked in community-based research in the Northwest Territories, and on studies chasing after the likes of terns and wolverines. She is the former director and programmer of the Yellowknife International Film Festival, and of a Cinema Politica chapter.