Biidaaban: First Light
Director: Lisa Jackson
8 m, Animated Short, Canada
Nominated: Best Animation
The town square is flooded. Mature trees grow through cracks in the sidewalks and vines cover south-facing walls. The infrastructure has merged with local flora and people commute via canoe. In this radically different future, urban life is thriving.
Biidaaban: First Light is an astonishing 8-minute interactive virtual reality experience that illuminates how Indigenous perspectives can provide a framework for understanding our place in a reconciled version of Canada’s largest urban environment.
Director: Darrell Hillaire
14 m, Documentary Short
A story of the interweaving lifeways of Sockeye Salmon Coast Salish Peoples.
Stories Are in Our Bones
Director: Janine Windolph
11 m, Documentary Short, Canada
In this layered short film, filmmaker Janine Windolph takes her young sons fishing with their kokum (grandmother), a residential school survivor who retains a deep knowledge and memory of the land. The act of reconnecting with their homeland is a cultural and familial healing journey for the boys, who are growing up in the city. It’s also a powerful form of resistance for the women.
Director: Zack Cunningham
19 m, Documentary Short, USA
“Climate Conversations” is a series of short videos featuring California tribal members discussing their perspectives of and experiences with a changing climate, and how it is affecting their livelihoods and culture.