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 2022 - 2023: Indigenous - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
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Jamie-Lee Reardon
Foleyet, Canada

Jamie-Lee Reardon (Ojibwe/Irish) is a member of Flying Post First Nations in treaty 9. JL is the Institute Manager at imagineNATIVE, where she is committed to supporting the professional development of Indigenous Creatives. JL is a multi-disciplinary undisciplined artist and storyteller who creates from a place of love for community, culture, family, and self.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2022 - 2023: Indigenous - Round 1
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Jessica Rose Carrie Murwin
Montréal, Canada

Jess Murwin is a nonbinary Indigenous artist and curator of Mi’kmaq, Scottish, Welsh and Irish descent currently based in Montreal, Quebec They received formal artistic training from Notre Dame de la Tilloye (France) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Canada), as well as informal training on various sets, at artist centres and in workshops in Canada, Europe and India. Their work is largely community-based, combining futurism and social engagement through a variety of mediums.

As a programmer, they have worked for the Atlantic International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire à Montréal, among others. Their focus in presenting films and media artworks has always been to champion stories by female, 2SLGBTQ+, and Indigenous artists. They see this work as a critical way of reclaiming narrative spaces and as an important political and artistic act.

Their next project, Canoe Body, is in pre-production.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2022 - 2023: Indigenous - Round 1
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Jordan Molaro
Winnipeg, Canada

Jordan Molaro is the President of Nu Media Films and is a writer, editor, and director driven by an incredible passion for the art of filmmaking. Born and raised in the North End of Winnipeg Manitoba, Jordan was exposed at a very early age to filmmaking. At 13 he was cast for a lead role in the film “the Fragile”. The film captures the harms and effects of inhalants. As a recipient of a scholarship to the Manitoba Theatre of Young People, it sparked a keen interest within him to expand on creative writing.

This passion along with the Seven Sacred teachings kept him in check and in balance. It became quite apparent that Jordan’s life would be centered upon his passion for filmmaking. His works are often noted for their unique style, elegance, cultural significance, technique and the ability to relate his characters well with his audience.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2022 - 2023: Indigenous - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Digital Linear Series - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2019 - 2020: 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 2022 - 2023: Indigenous - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Early-Stage Development - Round 2
  • Fiscal 2021 - 2022: Indigenous - Round 1
  • Fiscal 2020 - 2021: Indigenous - Round 1