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2021 SIFA Nominees

CELEBRATING THE BEST OF SASKATCHEWAN INDEPENDENT FILM 8th Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards | Nominee Announcement

Monday November 8th, 2021, 1:00pm


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:

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


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