FAVA Fest 2022

Celebrating independent filmmakers

Screenings – May 24th-28th / Awards – November 24th


FAVA was excited to present FAVA FEST 2022!

Our annual event is a celebration of members and some of the amazing work they’ve produced over the last 24 months.

With something for everyone including documentaries, narratives, music videos, animation and more, FAVA FEST 2022 brought the unique visions, perspectives and stories from FAVA members together under one festival May 24th – 28th, 2022. The awards were presented at the Film & Screen Media Year-End Event, November 24th! 

About The Festival

FAVA FEST showcases our member’s works and put on a big party to celebrate outstanding achievements in film, video and media art in our community. Learn more about the festival here.

Event Schedule


Here is what you can expect for this years event, screening May 24th – 28th:

NIGHTLY CINEMA SCREENINGS @ 7 PM (Tuesday – Saturday) 

Week-long screenings in the Orange Hub Theatre of some fantastic independent film and media art made by FAVA filmmakers.

ARTIST TALKBACK – Friday, May 27, 2022 

Following the program on Friday, there was a filmmaker’s talkback session with Hands That Bind writer/director Kyle Armstrong, moderated by none other than the amazing Christian Zyp host of Moving Radio on CJSR FM.

BBQ & Mixer @ 5:30 PM Saturday, May 28th

On the final day of screenings, members enjoyed some FREE food and tour The Orange Hub with fellow filmmakers and FAVA Staff!


FAVA and the ESIO hosted the year-end celebration on Thursday, November 24th. There, in addition to a variety of showcases, we presented this year’s FAVA FEST Award Winners and Production Grant Recipients. More info about this event can be found here: EVENTBRITE

Screening Schedule


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Tuesday, May 24th

Wednesday, May 25th

Thursday, May 26th

Friday, May 27th

Saturday, May 28th



Thank you to all who submitted to FAVA FEST 2022! Here is our list of award winners:

Production Grants for New Work:

  • Lisa Trofimova Video Award | The Brink | Sylvia Douglas
    • The Lisa Trofimova award supports the creation of a non-documentary video-based project. Prizes: $1000 Cash + $1500 FAVA production credit.
  • Joe Vizsmeg Documentary Award | Headspace: Artists on Mental Health | Alexis Marie Chute
    • The Joe Viszmeg award supports the creation of a documentary film or video project. Prizes: $1000 Cash + $1500 FAVA production credit.
  • Alex Thomas-Haug Emerging Artist Award | My Life FACTS | Janelle Nicol
    • The Alex Thomas Haug Award supports the creation of a new work by an emerging filmmaker. An emerging artist is one who has less than three years of practice, has completed basic training, has completed at least one independent film or video artwork. Prizes: $500 Cash + $500 FAVA production credit.

Excellence Awards for Finished Work:

  • Outstanding Short Form Narrative | The Final Exam | Beth Wishart MacKenzie & Tobias Nicholas
  • Outstanding Long Form Narrative | Hands That Bind | Kyle Armstrong
  • Outstanding Short Form Documentary | Blind Ambition: The Wop May Story | Frederick Kroetsch & Tom Robinson
  • Outstanding Long Form Documentary | Wochiigii Io: End of the Peace | Heather Hatch
  • Outstanding Music Video | “Years Ago” by Kaeley Jade | Justin Kueber
  • Outstanding Inter-Art Performance or Installation | Promised Land | Les Sereda & Joanna Manchur, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
  • Outstanding Experimental | Çås¢a∂ing €®r0r Win∂0ws | eryn tempest
  • Outstanding Animation | Tango Through Life | Zsofia Opra-Szabo

Craft Awards 

  • Screenwriting Award | Hands That Bind | Kyle Armstrong
  • Production Design Award | Promised Land | Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Darka Tarnawsky
  • Cinematography Award | Hands That Bind | Mike McLaughlin
  • Performance Award | PLACE/Is a City Written on this Body? | Rosanna Terracciano
  • Sound Design Award | Blind Ambition: The Wop May Story | Johnny Blerot
  • Derek “Buzz” Sharplin Award for Outstanding Editing | Wochiigii Io: End of the Peace | Brenda Terning

Event Partners


FAVA FEST 2022 is made possible with the generous support of the following organizations.

Please note that while we accept work created over the past 24 months, only work that has never been submitted to FAVA FEST before can be submitted. This includes work that was submitted but not accepted.