Last year, Eke Me-Xi students created digital shorts with film mentors from Our World.
Our World has been visiting remote First Nations communities in BC and the Yukon; the multi-talented mentors conduct filmmaking workshops that bring youth and elders together.
A strong and supportive relationship with the Gwa’sala-’Nakwax’da’xw Nations has enabled Eke Me-Xi students to participate in film workshops in 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, Mariah Walkus and Ricky Johnny won awards at the Cowichan Film Festival. As a result of last year’s film project, a DVD titled Yuman’s T’sakalamuxw (These are Our Stories) was created; sales of the DVD support annual student travel and attendance at the Cowichan Film Festival.
At the Cowichan Film Festival held April 24, 2015 Eke Me-Xi students won numerous awards.
Best Scripting – Michael Regnier.
Best Documentary – Kelly Anderson. Kelly received a full scholarship to any Gulf Islands Film and Television (GIFTS) one-week course.
Culture & Heritage Language – Mariah Walkus.
Best Animation – Alex Heuman.
Research – Roberta Williams.
Culture & Heritage ‘How We See – Stephen George.
Animation – Ricky Johnny.
Nelson Film Festival April 17, 2015
Winner (13-16 years) – Alex Heuman. Alex received full tuition to any 2015 Spring or Summer one week course at the Gulf Island Film and Television (GIFTS).
Reel 2 Real’s 7th Annual Youth Filmmakers Showcase – Vancouver April 16, 2015
Editing Award – Kelly Anderson. Kelly received one year free access to Doc BC Professional Development Workshops.
Jury Recognition Award – Roberta Williams. Roberta received a one-month membership to Digital Tutors
Jury Special Mention – Alex Heuman. Alex received a one-month membership to Digital Tutors.