Today’s the day! If you’re interested in cellphilming and/or participatory methodologies, you won’t want to miss this! (Plus, be sure to hang back after the workshop – we’ll be screening this year’s winners!)


You’re invited!

The 7th International Cellphilm Festival will take place on Tuesday, January 21, 2020!

As part of this year’s festival, we are delighted to welcome Joshua Schwab-Cartas, who will lead a cellphilm workshop. Plus, be sure to stick around after the workshop – We’ll be announcing and screening this year’s winning cellphilms!


Deadline Extended!

Many thanks to everyone who has participated in this year’s festival! We are SO EXCITED about this year’s submissions that we’d like you to keep them coming. Keep showing us how you and your community are “Picturing Change”, and we’ll keep accepting your films until Monday, November 25, 2019. As always, please submit a brief write-up along with your film.

Happy cellphilming!

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Congratulations to this year’s winners!

1st Prize – Community Gardening for Social Ills (Montreal, Canada)

Produced Sven 7ven Creese, Mitchell McLarnon, and Lyne Dwyer


2nd Prize (tie) – Juala, Nairobi, Kenya

Produced by Ephantus Kariuki, William Kamau ‘Shikokoto’, Rosemary Nyambura Mwangi, Joab Mutisya, and Kelvin Irungu


2nd Prize (tie) – Indigenous Young Women’s Utopia, Saskatoon, Canada

Produced by the Treaty 6 Girls and their mentors Jennifer Altenberg, Sarah Flicker, Katie MacEntee and Kari Wuttunee


Honourable Mention – Isolated Network, Kamloops, Canada

Produced by Bobbie Vojtko, Hallan Mtatiro, Ben Laidlaw, and Liz Sax

Meet this year’s panelists!

Catherine Potvin is a professor in biology at McGill University who has been working since 1993 with Panama’s Indigenous groups including the Emberá, on cultural and environmental protection. Chair holder of the UNESCO/McGill Chair for Dialogues on Sustainability, and Trottier Professor in Sustainability and Science Outreach, and Miroslaw Romanowski Medal laureate (2012) from the Royal Society of Canada she is the co-founder of the  Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Bayano in Panama that provides context for youth filmmaking training activities.

Ariella Orbach is a community development consultant who works with Indigenous communities in Canada and in Latin America to design, manage and facilitate projects that build capacity, engage youth, develop sustainable local economies and uncover innovative paths to community well-being. She has been collaborating closely with Mapuche communities in the Ayja Rewe Budi traditional territory (Wajmapu/Chile) since 2011.

Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier has been concocting documentaries since the turn of the millennium. She has co-founded the production company Les glaneuses, through which she co-creates films anchored in the territory. These films raise questions of identity, highlight intercultural encounters, philosophies of life (or death) and, like a silent mantra, they listen to details. As a filmmaker-mentor, she has accompanied the creation of more than forty short films in an indigenous context. In light of this background, Iphigénie conceives documentary filmmaking as a political and poetic process, as a flagship tool, and as a tool for bridge building.

Thora Herrmann is Professor at the Université de Montréal, with expertise in action research-creation projects in polar regions on place-based Indigenous knowledge and identity using visual art-based methodologies, such as filmmaking and photovoice, and also interactive mapping. She works in First Nation, Inuit, Mapuche and Sámi contexts. She is co-editor (with Th. Martin) of the book “Indigenous Peoples Governance of Land and Protected Territories in the Arctic” (Springer, 2016), and co-editor (with S. Gergaud) of the forthcoming book “Indigenous Cinemas: representations in movement”(L’Harmattan).