SGaawaay K‘uuna Edge of the Knife enjoyed additional success this October as a delegation of Haida travelled to Tkoronto Toronto for ImagineNative. ImagineNative is the world’s largest indigenous film and media arts festival. The filmmakers attended panels, mixers, meet-and-greets, and presentations throughout the week. As the week closed SGaawaay K‘uuna featured as the festival’s final film.
Haida filmmakers attended the Director’s Guild of Canada’s (DGC) annual gala 20 October. There DGC nominated Hluugitgaa Gwaii Edenshaw and Jaada Yahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown for the Discovery award. DGC presents this award to the year’s new directors.
The following day ImagineNative’s Sun Jury presented SGaawaay K‘uuna with an award. Sun Jury is composed of indigenous film makers from across Turtle Island. ImagineNative featured SGaawaay K‘uuna on its final day, drawing a crowd of enthusiastic cinema fans that packed a Lightbox theatre downtown.
The award and nomination come after enormous success at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). VIFF awarded the film with Best BC Film and Best Canadian Film 6 October. The awards came after a week of sold-out shows from Vancouver’s movie-fans.