Awards Presentation

Oct 21
Sun 4:15PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1

Join Co-Hosts Andre Morriseau (Ojibway) of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and Melanie Nepinak Hadley (Ojibway) of the CBC, as we announce the Juries’ picks for this year’s prizes!

Our 19th Annual Awards Presentation is an afternoon to celebrate and recognize Indigenous achievement in film and media arts.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!


Andre Morriseau (Ojibway, Fort William First Nation) is an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador for Aboriginal arts, culture and public affairs. For five exciting years Andre worked as the Secretariat for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) now Indspire and three years as the Communications Officer for the Chiefs of Ontario (COO). He served 3 consecutive 3-year terms on the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards Jury, is a former board member for the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival as well as the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and currently is on the board of directors for DAREarts and the Anishnaabe Health Foundation. His present position is as the Director of Awards and Stakeholder Relations for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).


Melanie Nepinak Hadley is Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Drama where she oversees Heartland, Pure, The Secret Path and When Calls the Heart. Prior to her role at CBC, she was the Manager of Programming for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). She has over 15 years of experience working in independent production and for national broadcasters.

Award Winners Screening

Sunday 9:00pm | Oct 21
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3

imagineNATIVE showcases a selection of shorts recognized with Awards during Sunday afternoon’s Awards Presentation. This Screening is FREE and the selected works being shown will be announced Sunday immediately following the Awards Presentation through imagineNATIVE’s website and social media.