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Here’s the winner of this Vale-sponsored Cinema Indigenized Outstanding Talent Award

October 13, 2021

As two-spirit Mi’kmaw teenager Link (on right) journeys to find his mother with teen drifter Pasmay, left, he finds community, identity and love on the ancestral land where he belongs. Photo: Wildhood/ Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival’s Cinema Indigenized Outstanding Talent Award, which fosters and celebrates the outstanding talents in the Indigenous film community, was proudly presented by our company to the winning director and film crew of Wildhood, a coming-of-age story that features a two-spirit protagonist. 

“Vale is honoured to be part of the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival and be a sponsor of the Cinema Indigenized Outstanding Talent Award,” said Danica Pagnutti, specialist corporate and indigenous affairs. “Through these films, we have an opportunity to learn, gain insights and appreciate the Indigenous culture, traditions and history.” 

In the film, we meet Link, a two-spirit Mi’kmaw teenager (played by Phillip Lewitski), and his younger brother Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony), who are on a journey to find their supposedly deceased mother when they meet up with Pasmay (Joshua Odjick), an Indigenous teen drifter who offers to help.

Wildhood was directed by Nova Scotia-based Bretten Hannam, a two-spirit L’nu filmmaker, who examines themes of community, culture and language with a focus on two-spirit and LGBTQ+ identity. You can read more about Bretten and their films here.

Vale is a longstanding supporter of the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, one of Canada’s premiere film events, which this year ran from September 18 to 26. 

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