Evaluation Juries

A jury of experts evaluates all projects that apply for production support through our Experimental Stream and Aboriginal Program, using a criteria-based evaluation process. Projects are selected for support based on the results of this process, and available funding.

The jury provides an external perspective on innovation, and assesses the experience of the production and creative teams on their capacity to deliver the projects submitted for funding.

Evaluation Process

Successful applications are determined using a selective process in reference to an evaluation grid. The four basic assessment criteria and their respective weightings for funding are:

  • Experience and past achievements of the production/development team
  • Innovation and advancement of the project
  • The business plan, including the viability of the project and the financial stability of the applicant
  • The distribution strategy

The jury does not evaluate applications for development and marketing support.

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Danielle Rochette
Montréal, Canada

For 15 years, Danielle Rochette worked as a journalist and correspondent in Quebec for APTN National News, the Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network, the first national Aboriginal network in the world.

She has traveled throughout Quebec to meet the people of 11 different nations who are too often forgotten and invisible to the general public.

Thanks to her numerous stories, she has been able to make known not only the many issues facing Aboriginal communities, but also their creative potential in music, visual arts and filmmaking.

In 2018, Danielle also hosted APTN Perspectives, a program dedicated to documentary filmmakers.

A graduate of Concordia University, Danielle was born in Quebec City to a Huron-Wendat mother and a Quebecois father. Curious about her origins, she has been involved in numerous Aboriginal organizations such as Quebec Native Women and Terres en Vues, a society for the dissemination of Aboriginal culture who was the driving force being the International Festival Présence Autochtone.

Retired since 2019, Danielle has not ceased to be curious and passionate about native peoples and their many expressions of artistic and creative vitality.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
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Doreen Manuel
Vancouver, Canada

Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa), MFA, is the sixth child of Grand Chief George Manuel and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel. She a residential school survivor, mother of three children and is an award-winning filmmaker. Doreen is the Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, and she serves on the Board of Directors for Knowledge Network, Women in Film & Television, Vancouver International Film Festival and Moving Images Distribution. She also serves on the Motion Picture Production Association of BC Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is an advisor to the Telefilm Indigenous Working Group, TELUS Storyhive - Indigenous envelope, and Matriarch advisor to IM4 virtual and augmented reality training program. Doreen is a founder and instructor for the Tricksters and Writers feature film screenwriting program and a founder of the Indigenous Digital Accelerator and the Filmmakers in Indigenous Leadership and Management Business Affairs program.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
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Jordan Molaro
Winnipeg, Canada

Jordan Molaro is a proud Anishnaabe writer, editor, and director driven by a passion for the art of filmmaking. Born and raised in the north end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jordan was introduced to filmmaking at the age of thirteen when he was casted for a lead acting role in the film, “the Fragile”. After receiving a scholarship to the, Manitoba Theatre of Young People, Jordan, was inspired to continue pursuing creative writing. The Seven Sacred teachings, combined with a profound filmmaking passion instilled in Jordan a strong work ethic and a clear vision for his future. Upon graduation of Sisler High School, Jordan enrolled in the Film Studies program at the University of Manitoba. His work has been praised for its distinct style, cultural significance, and ability to resonate his characters with audiences. After the success of Jordan’s award winning short film “The Sacred Seven”, which screened at numerous film festivals around the world, Jordan’s career embarked on a more philanthropic route as he was hired as the national audio & video editor for the, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in 2012, around the same time Jordan began the process of co-founding and launching the Nu Media Education program which immersed 8 indigenous students residing on reserve into the world of film. In 2014, Jordan renewed the, Nu Media Program, for its second year, which had tripled in capacity to twenty-four on-reserve students to partake in the program based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the end of the same year Jordan launched, Nu Media on Tour, a weeklong training program that travelled to ten First Nation communities across Canada. In 2015, Jordan continued to produce numerous independent, corporate, commercial, and educational films throughout the year whilst producing an Indigenous We Day entitled, “Ignite Your Spirit”, which took place at the, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, in the fall of 2015. In the same year, Nu Media Inc became a sponsor of the 2015 Manito Ahbee Festival and Jordan directed his first four national commercials that aired on CTV, APTN, and the GAME SHOW NETWORK. Currently, Jordan is in development for, The Sacred Seven, a New Media dramatic series based on his award winning short film of the same title. With over 100 films completed since 2010 across different platforms, broadcasters, genres, and storytelling methods, Jordan and his Nu-Media family have the experience to deliver.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2019 - 2020: Indigenous - Round 1
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Philippe Sioui Durand
Québec, Canada

Philippe is a member of the Huron-Wendat First Nation and Yändata’s founder and producer. He has a bachelor’s degree, Baccalauréat ès sciences, from Université de Montréal bringing together disciplines like Innovation management (HEC Montréal), digital music and First Nations Studies program. He is following a new professional development Certificate in Executive Production in Creative and Entertainment industries at McGill University. Mr. Sioui Durand graduated from Art et technologies des médias program in 2005. Before he founded Yändata’, he had a professional experience of more than ten years in audio post-production field. From radio, advertising, French dubbing, documentary and feature film, he collaborated with several recording studios and corporate clients.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
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Rachel Alouki Labbe
Montréal, Canada

From a very young age, I wandered around with a photographic or Super8 film camera and told stories with my images. I quickly became aware that Quebec’s First Nations were little known to non- Aboriginals.The idea of raising awareness about my world in a positive way came to me quite naturally from that time. It became more emphatic with the conflict at Oka-Kanesatake where I was raised, although my mother is Waban-Aki. My fondest dream is to discover and have others discover the world I come from, image by image. My favourite activities are to inspire a passion for creating films all across the province and speak with sensitivity about the Aboriginal communities I know, in particular about the situation of women and children. With my films, I set out to quell prejudice and especially to celebrate the power of the First Peoples and make it better known. To me, rapprochement is achieved through knowing each other. We have to take the time to get to know others – their culture and realities. Understanding leads to acceptance of our differences and similarities.

I have directed numerous documentaries in Aboriginal communities that were broadcast on APTN, TV5’s Canal Vie,Canal and CBC/SRC, CBC north (Mamuuitaau). I have directed three films on the status of women and children in other countries, on the theme of being born, living, surviving and dying in places that are hostile to life. This is how I came to be in a refugee camp, making the film Les enfants de la nuit [Children of the night], which was shown at festivals and broadcast by TV5 and TV5 Monde, as well as in Europe. I made a second film on this subject on the Mexican border in Ciudad Juarez, the city of the dead, a town without pity for women. It focused on Native women from the South, who were subjected to the worst atrocities imaginable in that city... The film is titled Désert de croix [Desert of crosses]. For over six years, I produced the television program Quand passe la cigogne [When the stork flies by] on the Canal Vie network. I also took part in the Wapikoni Mobile circuits for the NFB and acted as an instructor for the program La course de la Grande Tortue [The Great Turtle race] shown on APTN and Canal D. I am currently the director of a series of podcast documentaries presented at CKVL in addition to doing one report per week for the news."

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2020 - 2021: Indigenous - Round 1
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Ryan Cooper
Peguis, Canada

Ryan Cooper is an Ojibwe, two spirited, LGBTQ+ Producer from Treaty One Territory Peguis First Nation, Ryan is a graduate of the National Screen Institute's CBC New Indigenous Voices program, The NSI Indigidocs program where he had the opportunity to producer an award-winning short documentary that went on to be programmed in festivals all around the globe.

Ryan is the creator of two web series, one titled Daybreak People that has aired on Bell MTS Fibe TV1 in 2019 and the ImagineNative/APTN pitch winning series iNdigiThreads. Ryan is producing two TELEFILM TALENT TO WATCH one of which is INdigiThreads and Alter Boys. Alter Boys is also a part of the CFC Netflix series accelerator program. Ryan was also named as one of Playback’s Ten to Watch for 2021.

Ryan has four projects in development which he acquired funding from CMF, Manitoba Film And Music, The Bell Fund and Canadian broadcasters and streamers. Ryan is also a part of this year's Banff World Media Festival & IPF producer Bursary with his project My Sassy Sasquatch.

Ryan is focused on producing and writing contemporary, cultural & modern stories in an authentic way through scripted and factual storytelling.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1