Cinema Politica is technically non-competitive in that we are not a festival and we do not have juries judging the films we screen. However, each year we give out the Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award, based on audience voting results from a shortlist of the ten most screened films of the past year. We have also created the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance, given out depending on the accumulation of screening activity from one Canadian filmmaker who meets the criteria of the prize.
THE CINEMA POLITICA AUDIENCE AWARD:
The Audience Award will be awarded to the filmmaker whose film is chosen based on entries put forward by each local within the Canadian component of the Cinema Politica Network. Audiences will then be encouraged to vote on line, through the CP website. Nominations must have production dates no more than two years prior to the award year and must have been screened at least twice in the Cinema Politica Network.
CP Audience Choice Award 2011 Winner: Sweet Crude
CP Audience Choice Award 2010 Winner: Dreamland
CP Audience Choice Award 2009 Winner: American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
CP Audience Choice Award 2008 Winner: Roadsworth: Crossing the Line
THE ALANIS OBOMSAWIN AWARD FOR COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AND RESISTANCE:
This Cinema Politica award will be presented each September (beginning in 2010) to a Canadian (or individual whose permanent residence is inside the political boundaries of Canada) filmmaker who has shown a commitment to community and resistance in documentary filmmaking. The Alanis Obomsawin Award celebrates achievement and talent in bringing the stories of communities who are underrepresented in media, and who are engaged in struggles or acts of resistance in order to activate positive social change. Alanis Obomsawin is one of Canada's greatest documentary filmmakers and has made it her life's work to tell the stories of First Nations communities in Canada, while reaching a larger audience and encouraging understanding and solidarity with Canada's publics. In the spirit of Ms. Obomsawin and her work, this juried award will honour one Canadian filmmaker each year who has had their work exhibited at one or more of the Cinema Politica locals across Canada, and who has brought the stories of underrepresented communities to the screen with careful craft, creative talent, and an ongoing commitment to social justice and cultural citizenship. For more information on Ms. Obomsawin, visit the NFB's portrait page. Eligible films must have a production date no more than two years prior to the award year date and must have been screened at least twice in the Cinema Politica Network during the year of the award.