17th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Awards Jury

Volunteer members of the Sun Jury and the Moon Jury each adjudicate a selection of this year’s prizes. A listing of the prizes and the films in competition are available on our website. The Juries’ choices will be announced at the Awards Gala on Saturday, October 22. 

Sun Jury

Howard Adler

Howard Adler is the co-director and programmer for Asinabka, an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in Ottawa. He is also the workshop coordinator at SAW Video Media Art Centre and works as a freelance videographer and video editor. Howard’s film and video work has been exhibited in galleries and film festivals in Canada and internationally. He is Jewish and Ojibwa and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation.  

Monique Mojica

Actor/playwright Monique Mojica (Guna and Rappahannock nations) is passionately dedicated to a theatrical practice as an act of healing, reclaiming historical/cultural memory and resistance. Monique’s first play, Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots, was produced in 1990, and she was a co-founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble. Known on screen for her role in the landmark film Smoke Signals, Monique has taught in universities across North America and remains active in her theatrical practice.  

Stine Wangler

Stine Wangler has been working at the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg doing world sales and acquisitions since 2012. She wrote her final thesis about short film on the Internet and since graduating Stine has concentrated on the sales possibilities for short films online. She is part of the programming team for the National Competition of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, one of Europe’s most significant festivals for shorts.

Moon Jury

Jaene F. Castrillon

Jaene F. Castrillon is a film based interdisciplinary (literary, media, visual, performance) artist that explores her relationship to the world through various spiritual teachings and the wisdom of the land.  As a first generation Canadian settler who is mixed race (Indigenous Colombian/Hong Kong Chinese) queer woman of colour living with disabilities (psychiatric/physical/cognitive), her arts practice combines, art, activism and spirituality to open a dialogue on ideas of wellness and illness. Jaene believes in sharing the brilliance and the heart-break of living a life less ordinary

Rob Lackie

Rob Lackie is Inuk and has experience on several boards and committees, such as the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, the Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual Arts, the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario and Na-Me-Res. Rob was the 2011 Recipient of the Aboriginal Affairs Award, recognized for his dedication and the work that he has done in the City of Toronto.

Rebekka Tabodondung

Rebeka Tabodondung is a documentary filmmaker, poet and Indigenous knowledge and oral history researcher. Rebeka is the editor-in-chief of MUSKRAT Magazine, an online literary arts and culture publication that profiles Indigenous writers and offers critical discourse engaging contentious issues in art, culture and politics from an Indigenous Canadian perspective.