''Monkey Beach' Winner: Director Loretta Sarah Todd, lead actress Grace Dove, and author Eden Robinson (L-R) behind the scenes. (VIFF Media)
THE 45th ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL® PREMIERES ONLINE SCREENINGS AND MORE, NOV. 6-14, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – The 45th annual American Indian Film Festival® continues the American Indian Film Institute’s tradition of premiering the best of movies, music videos and original entertainment by, for and about American Indian and First Nations people, Nov. 6-14, 2020. This year – with 102 films, 55 world premieres and nine days of virtual/online screenings – the American Indian Film Festival maintains its focus on cinematic content that informs, educates, uplifts and invokes the catalyst of cathartic cultural exchange.
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SAN FRANCISCO (November 9, 2020) – On Friday, November 6, celebrating its 45th edition with 102 films and 55 world premieres, the American Indian Film Festival (AIFF45) announced the 2020 winners online as part of its nine-day virtual presentation powered by Eventive. This year's competition included forty-two films in eleven categories from "Best Film" to "Best Animation," and winners were selected by a jury comprised of educators, filmmakers, and community members. The 45th American Indian Film Festival's virtual presentation allows American Indian / Alaska Native and First Nations filmmakers to connect with a broader audience runs November 6-14, 2020.
The American Indian Film Institute maintains its commitment to providing audiences with a genuine experience and understanding of the beautiful diversity within Indian Country as shared from an authentic place told by gifted filmmakers who tell it from their hearts -- from both sides of the lens.
Nominees for Best Film
MONKEY BEACH directed by Loretta Sarah Todd - WINNER!
PARALLEL MINDS directed by Benjamin Ross Hayden
RUTHLESS SOULS directed by Madison Thomas
Nominees for Best Director
Benjamin Ross Hayden for Parallel Minds
Loretta Sarah Todd for Monkey Beach - WINNER!
Madison Thomas for Ruthless Souls
Montana Cypress for The Transcenders
Nominees for Best Actress
Mary Galloway as “Jackie” in Ruthless Souls
Grace Dove as “Lisa” in Monkey Beach - WINNER!
Tommie-Amber Pirie as “Margo Elson” in Parallel Minds
Nominees for Best Actor
Adam Beach as “Uncle Mick” in Monkey Beach - WINNER!
Montana Cypress as “Butch” in The Transcenders
Nominees for Best Supporting Actress
Michelle Thrush as “Elise Perrot” in Parallel Minds
Sera-Lys McArthur as “Tabitha” in Monkey Beach
Tina Marie Lameman as “Mama OO” in Monkey Beach - WINNER!
Nominees for Best Supporting Actor
Nathaniel Arcand as “Albert” in Monkey Beach - WINNER!
Joseph Adams as “Harjo” in The Transcenders
Nominees for Best Documentary Feature
Native Wisdom - The Peoples of Eastern Oregon directed by Tim Keenan Burgess and Lawrence Johnson
Sisters Rising directed by Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck - WINNER!
The Mountain That Weeps directed by Bradley Munoa
Voices from the Barrens directed by Nancy Ghertner and Brian Francis
Nominees for Best Documentary Short
Along the Winisk River directed by Janna Kyllastinen
Cottagers & Indians directed by Drew Hayden Taylor
Crow Country: Our Right to Food Sovereignty directed by Tsanavi Spoonhunter - WINNER!
Future Ancestor directed by Josue Rivas
One Word Sawalmem directed by Natasha Deganello Giraudie and Michael “Pom” Preston
Pinguat directed by Joshua Albeza Branstetter
Sokinaa’ Passkaan Aassisstoi (Healing Bells) directed by Directed by Taylor Crowspreadshiswings
Nominees for Best Live Short
Blackwater directed by Boise Esquerra
Iniskim directed by Daniel Glick - WINNER!
Ka tatishtipatakanit (Ethereal) directed by Isabelle Kanape
Starlight directed by Cole Vandale
ʔiiḥtuup (Whale) directed by Tanner Zurkoski
Nominees for Best Animated Short
Hop Along Hang On directed by Cobra Collins
Rotinonhsion:ni Ironworkers directed by Carlee Kawinehta Loft and Allan Downey - WINNER!
Sister Wolves directed by Ben-Alex Dupris
Strength of Sash directed by Christian Ryan
Nominees for Best Music Video
Adult Children Part II featuring Lindy Vision directed by Rebeca Durán
Ego of a Nation featuring Janet Rogers directed by Wes Day - WINNER!
Holy Water featuring Wakeself directed by Noor-un-nisa Touchon
Modern Native featuring Andrea Grant directed by Andrea Grant
Pathways featuring Connor Chee directed by Michael Etcitty, Jr.
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