CELEBRATING OUR YOUTH - OUR FUTURE
The Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF) is a not for profit Indigenous-run independent film festival on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario featuring award winning filmmakers and indigenous leaders.
In 2023, Weengushk International Film Festival’s theme is youth. We celebrate storytelling about youth experiences, their journeys and remarkable accomplishments. This year's film festival theme and cultural event, is inspired by Founder and Artistic Dr. Shirley’s life's work, as it is dedicated to providing a safe space for youth to learn about their culture, land, language and to help youth find their voice and share their experience through storytelling.
"YOU CAN'T DREAM OF THE MOON, IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT YET"
- Presley Meawasige, Youth Participant, Weengushk Film Institute
BUILDERS & TRAILBLAZERS
Don't miss out on this special celebration of our award recipients!
This year, we are proud to honour the outstanding contributions of our award recipients at our annual awards gala. We will be celebrating their hard work and dedication to the festival with an evening of recognitions, awards, and performances. Join us as we recognize the incredible achievements of our award recipients, including:
- BEST FILM - BEST DIRECTOR - BEST DOCUMENTARY - BEST SHORT NARRATIVE - BEST ACTOR - BEST STUDENT FILM - BEST SCREENPLAY
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Barry & Laurie Green
JOSHUA YESNO TRIBUTE AWARD
YOUTH OF DISTINCTION AWARD
CULTURE ENRICHMENT AWARD
CLEARING THE PATH AWARD
BLAKE DEBASSIGE EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
The Award Statues
Carvings done by Russell Noganosh and Sherry Dunstan
WHAT TO EXPECT
Gary Farmer and The Troublemaker All Stars. Featuring Derek Miller