Fenulla Jiwani wins Cayle Chernin Award

Jiwani was one of four finalists in the 2014 edition of the competition. (Jiwani and Dwight McFee, president of The Cayle Chernin Memorial Fund, pictured)

Fenulla Jiwani has won the 2014 Cayle Chernin Award for her short film Nobody.

The award was presented to Jiwani on Thursday evening during a ceremony at the Carlton Cinemas in Toronto. The annual Cayle Chernin Award acknowledges the work of a woman who is emerging or transitioning to the field of media arts or threatre. The prize includes a $1,000 cash prize, with this year’s winner also receiving a $1,000 equipment grant from William F. White International.

Jiwani’s short Nobody tells the story of a North American Muslim woman named Mahina. While on the way to her engagement party, Mahina meets a homeless woman who changes her life.

Other finalists for this year’s award were Kimberly-Sue Murray for her web series Werewoman, Kristina Esposito for her short film Captive Love and Nicole St. Martin for her feature Monday Night Shakespeare.

Photo credit: Jillian Rees-Brown