Evaluation Juries

The CMF routinely employs external experts to aid in decision-making for selective programs through an evaluation-based jury process. To provide an external perspective on the application materials submitted, the juries are comprised of working industry professionals who are experts in their field or genre. You can use the filters below to review who has served as a jury member in the past, and on which juries.

Evaluation Process

Following an initial review for eligibility conducted by internal staff, jury members are tasked with scoring each project against a set evaluation criteria. Each program has its own evaluation grid, specific to the needs and objectives of that program, but generally they include:

  • experience of the production or creative teams and their capacity to deliver;
  • an assessment of the creative content and/or innovation in the space;
  • narrative positioning statement;
  • business materials, including viability of the project and financial stability; and
  • a distribution and/or marketing strategy.

The highest scoring projects are compared against the available funding allocation for the program to determine the recipients for that round of funding.

If you wish to be considered to serve on a jury, please contact [email protected]. Prospective jurors are strongly encouraged to create a PERSONA-ID profile. The CMF uses self-identification information from PERSONA-ID to help select a diverse group that is reflective of the community served by the program. By providing your self-identification information to the CMF, you are deemed to consent to its use for such purposes, subject to the terms of the CMF’s Privacy Policy.

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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 2023 - 2024: Indigenous
  • 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 2023 - 2024: Indigenous
  • Fiscal 2022 - 2023: Indigenous - Round 1
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Jerry Wolf
Woodstock, Canada

Jerry Wolf is a filmmaker of both Waywayseecapp First Nation and Vietnamese heritage. His stories strive for the strange and fantastical with imagery both dreamlike and nightmarish. His stories are about survival and the victims who refuse to accept the role as inevitable.

He formed CINETHETICA as a boutique production company, where he’s written and directed 20+ short films, webisodes, and music videos, often featuring a culturally diverse cast of young actors.

In 2022, he was a speaker at the Indigenous Screen Summit. With the support of the Indigenous Screen Office, he’s currently writing a feature film which he plans to direct. His films have screened at the Skoden, Asinabka, Caribbean Tales, and Reelworld Film Festival.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2023 - 2024: Indigenous
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Jessica Murwin
Montréal, Canada

Jess Murwin is a nonbinary Indigenous (Mi'kmaq, Scottish and Welsh) filmmaker, curator and educator 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 and Europe. Their work is largely community-based and draws on genre and storytelling traditions to imagine social change.

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 2SLGBTQ+, and Indigenous artists. They see this work as a critical way of reclaiming narrative spaces.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2023 - 2024: Early-Stage Development (English)
  • Fiscal 2023 - 2024: Indigenous
  • Fiscal 2022 - 2023: Indigenous - Round 1
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Oswald Michelin
Montréal, Canada

Oswald Michelin is a Labrador Inuk journalist and filmmaker from the community of North West River. Coming from a large family of storytellers, Ossie has always been drawn to the way stories bring us together and make the word feel a little more connected. Throughout his career Ossie has worked at a number of media organizations from APTN National News, to Canadian Art Magazine, to National Geographic, to the CBC and many more. His work focuses on sharing stories from the Indigenous world and the North with a capital N. Currently Ossie divides his time between Montreal and his home in Labrador.

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Juries
  • Fiscal 2023 - 2024: Indigenous