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2024 Trudy Stewart Prize

Applications & nominations for the 2024 Trudy Stewart Prize are now open 💗

In honour of the late Trudy Stewart, this annual prize allocates funds for Indigenous filmmakers, moving image artists, moving image curators, moving image art critics, and/or screenplay writers within Saskatchewan. More information and application found at the link below. Apply or nominate by June 14th, 2024 🌸🌸🌸

The Trudy Stewart Prize is comprised of five awards for Indigenous filmmakers, moving image curators, moving image art critics and screenplay writers. Applicants and nominees can be non-members of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative as well as members. They can be at any stage of their practice (emerging, established, etc).

This award was first developed in 2020 by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative to honour Trudy Stewart’s legacy with community and family consultation. In 2022, the prize was relaunched to include a larger pool of funds, a self-determined mentorship component, equipment allocations, and memberships.


'Originally from Flying Dust First Nation, Trudy was born in North Battleford and spent most of her childhood in a rural community in southwest Saskatchewan before moving to Regina. A ‘60s scoop survivor, Stewart was adopted at a time when child welfare authorities took, or “scooped,” Indigenous children from their families and placed them in foster homes to be adopted out. Stewart was just beginning to understand her identity as a ‘60s scoop survivor – a theme she explored in her short documentary, From Up North – when she unexpectedly passed away in 2019 at the age of 46.

An award-winning filmmaker, community-builder, mentor, and activist, Stewart made significant contributions to both Indigenous cinema and processes of reconciliation. Through her films, she inspired greater understanding and awareness about the legacy of colonization, and honoured the victims and survivors of residential schools.'

- Evie Ruddy (Splice Magazine)

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