Today is Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a time to reflect on the ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and Canada’s painful history with Indigenous communities. Today is also a day to remember and honour the children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities as we work towards reconciliation.

In order to recognize this day properly, we will not be posting any new content on our social media and digital channels. We encourage you to join us in using this day for meaningful reflection and learning to better understand the challenges faced by Indigenous people historically and today.

The Discovery Award is presented for the best micro-budget film of the year (production budget under $250k). In order to qualify, a film must have had a theatrical release and/or achieved acceptances at two (2) approved Canadian festivals within the calendar year.

Message from the Jury
As jury members, we were drawn into The Lockpicker as a fully realized, magnetic portrayal of a teenager searching for more than what he has. Showcasing a remarkable synchronicity between director and performer, the film viscerally captures the longing, boredom and apathy of adolescence. With detailed and sensitive observation and stunning cinematography, The Lockpicker is an intriguing, claustrophobic and beautiful film, and we look forward to following director Randall Okita’s career.