An annual prize fund that allocates up to $2000

in funding for Indigenous creators within Saskatchewan.

In honour of the late Trudy Stewart. 💗

The Trudy Stewart Prize comprises 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, we are relaunching the prize to include a larger pool of funds, a self-determined mentorship component, equipment allocations, and memberships.

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ABOUT TRUDY STEWART

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)

APPLICATION BASED AWARD

The award that will be given based on an application will be for $1,000 CAD. It can be for production or post-production costs for a project, curation, research, or moving image art criticism. If a self-determined mentorship is of interest, we can help facilitate this in their respective field. Mentors will receive CARFAC rates for one consultation directly from the Filmpool.

NOMINATION BASED AWARD

There will be 4 awards given to nominated individuals in the amount of $250 CAD. All award recipients in this category will be nominated. Nominators must demonstrate the consent of nominees. Those who are nominated can be at any stage of their filmmaking, curatorial, moving image or arts criticism practice.  If a self-determined mentorship is of interest, we can help facilitate this in their respective field. Mentors will receive CARFAC rates for one consultation directly from the Filmpool.

TIMELINE

  • Applications open: Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

  • Application deadline: Monday, March 14th, 2022

  • Applicants notified by: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

  • Prize winners announced to the public: Friday, March 25th, 2022

APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS

  • Eligible applicants are to be Indigenous; Treaty/Non-Treaty First Nation, Metis, Inuit. 

  • Prize winners will be selected through a juried process.

  • To apply or nominate, please submit a single .pdf document consisting of the following:

    • A one page description of your intentions and experience

    • You’re also welcome to name someone you’d like to pursue a self-determined mentorship with but this part is optional

    • short bio

    • CV

  • Video or audio submissions in lieu of written submissions are also accepted.

  • If application assistance is needed, an email can be sent to Louise BigEagle at programs@filmpool.ca in advance of the deadline for help.

  • Submissions can be sent to Ron Jacobs at production@filmpool.ca by or before Monday, March 14th, 2022.