Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa (pictured) and Kim Webby’s The Price of Peace, respectively, have picked up documentary awards at the BFI London Film Festival and the ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.
Sherpa took home the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the UK festival, which ran from October 7 to 18. The prize honors documentaries with “integrity, originality and social or cultural significance” and was presented to Peedom and co-producer John Smithson from Arrow Media in an awards ceremony on Saturday (October 17). The doc was also produced by Bridget Ikin of Felix Media.
The film focuses on Mount Everest’s Sherpa community following the deadly April 2014 avalanche that killed 16 of its members. This past August, Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks International (DNI) set their sights on the film for the brand’s next global documentary presentation.
Both Discovery and DNI will broadcast Sherpa in more than 200 countries and territories around the world in 2016.
Meanwhile, Webby’s The Price of Peace has taken the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at Toronto’s five-day ImagineNATIVE festival, which wrapped on Sunday (October 18).
The doc, produced by Christina Milligan, tracks Maori activist Tame Iti as he fights to clear his name following a police raid in his community. It was awarded a CAD$2,000 (US$1,540) cash prize.
Elsewhere, the festival’s Documentary Pitch Prize went to Tasha Beeds’ Shattering Silences: An Indigenous Woman’s Journey Out of Domestic Violence, while Bonnie Ammaq took home the Best Short Documentary award for Nowhere Land.
The ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is among the largest Indigenous film festivals in the world, and showcases works from Canada and abroad illustrating Native art and culture in contemporary media.