Belcourt, Jackson’s Indictment wins at imagineNATIVE

The duo picked up the prize for best long-form doc, while Australian critical hit Sweet Country took home the best dramatic feature award at the 17th annual film fest.
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Shane Belcourt and Lisa Jackson’s Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier and Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country were two of the films awarded at the close of the 17th annual imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts festival Sunday.

Belcourt and Jackson’s film (pictured) took home the Alanis Obomsawin Award for best long-form documentary, along with a $2,000 cash prize. The film, which had its world premiere at the festival, will next air on CBC Docs on Oct. 29. It follows the story of Shelly Chartier, who made international headlines for a catfishing case involving an NBA star.

Meanwhile Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country (Australia) took home the best feature prize. The film, which follows an Aboriginal stockman accused of murder, also took home TIFF’s Platform Prize this year.

Other Canadian projects awarded include Carol Kunnuk and Zacharias Kunuk’s Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors, which won the Best Indigenous Language Work; Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs’s short RAE, which won the Ellen Monague Award for Best Youth Work; and Asia Youngman’s Lelum’, which won best documentary short.

Asinnajaq’s short doc Three Thousand won the Kent Monkman Award for best experimental work, while Darcy Waite and Madison Thomas won the web series live pitch competition, along with $30,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, for their series Spectrum. 

Lastly, Tasha Hubbard’s NFB-produced feature documentary won the Moon Jury special jury prize – one of two films selected for honourable mention by the imagineNATIVE juries. Dianna Fuemana’s Sunday Fun Day (New Zealand) took home the Sun Jury prize.