Akimbo is proud to support the following Awards and Scholarships.
The Let's Talk About Me for a Minute Award
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and University of Toronto Mississauga, Art and Art History Program, Oakville and Mississauga, Ontario
Each Fall since 2005, Akimbo has awarded the "Let's Talk About Me for a Minute" award to an outstanding student in the 4th-year Professional Practices class in the Art and Art History Program. The winner has received either free Akimbo services or a one-on-one tutorial in professional development from either Kim Fullerton or Bridget Indelicato.
The 2013 winner is Melina Sevilla Valenzuela. She receives a workshop in Social Media for Artists from Akimbo.
Melina Sevilla Valenzuela receiving the Akimbo Award from UTM Department of Visual Studies Chair Louis Kaplan
The Marian McMahon Award
The Images Festival, Toronto
Sponsored by Akimbo, The Marian McMahon Award is given each Spring to a woman filmmaker to honour strong work in autobiography, the complexity of "subject" and the spirit of Marian McMahon. The recipient is invited to attend the Independent Imaging filmmaking retreat, also known as the Film Farm, held each June in Mount Forest, Ontario facilitated by Philip Hoffman.
The 2012 award recipient is Sirah Foighel Brutmann for her film Printed Matter (co-authored with Eitan Efrat). The jury citation reads: This is a film that combines history and autobiography as they meet in a backstage record of a conflict between Israel as a nation and the struggle of the Palestinian people for nationhood. Layers of inevitable ambivalence towards these issues -- as well an ambivalence between daughter and mother, wife and husband -- inform our viewing, one after the other, the contact sheets of the late Andre Brutmann, photographer and father of the filmmaker. What we see in Printed Matter is the making of history through visuality. From an accidental or circumstantial beginning, the professionalization of the photographer goes hand in hand with the hardening of the political situation as expressed through the mother's account of her everyday war experiences. What the film leaves us with is a living question of who becomes the chronicler of history.
Sirah Foighel Brutmann will receive $600 toward tuition and expenses at the Independent Imaging filmmaking retreat.
Akimbo Director Kim Fullerton presenting the 2012 Marian McMahon Award in the artist's absence.
Film Farm facilities
Outdoor screening at the Film Farm