Local Spotlight Awards

Belleville Downtown DocFest Local Filmmaker Awards Program

The 2021 10th Annual film festival featured six films created by local filmmakers with the goal of turning the camera lens on all that our area has to offer.

The Quinte region is home to some amazing talent and DocFest is incredibly proud to be able to give these artists the platform they need and deserve to have their work seen.

DocFest compensates local filmmakers in accordance with the Independent Media Arts Alliance fee schedule.

The DocFest Award winners for Best Local Feature Documentary and Best Short Documentary are presented below. Thanks to the Quinte Film Alternative for their sponsorship of the 2021 Best Local Film Awards.

Special thanks to Peter Paylor, local artist and designer of the 2021 winner’s trophy.

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Best Local Documentary Award Winner

Brittany Ollerenshaw
Harvesting Dreams


Best Local Documentary Award Winners

Shelby Lisk
Manasie Akpaliapik: An Inuit Carver Story

Tess Girard
A Place To Call Home


Best Local Documentary Award Winners

Yoshi Aoki
As Long As They’ll Listen

Sean Scally
Playing With Fire


Best Local Feature Documentary Award Winner

Tess Girard
As The Crow Flies

Best Local Short Documentary Winners

Angela Bell and Aaron Bell Downforce, Street Luger


1st Prize

Sean Scally
Heritage Cramahe Moment: Charles Smith Rutherford VC

2nd Prize

Adam Gray
Ty Conn: My Brother the Outlaw

3rd Prize

Doug Knutson
Hollywood of the North


1st Prize

Loyalist Foursquared

2nd Prize

Ben Quaiff
Move for Inclusion

3rd Prize

James A. Smith and Laura J.Forth
Lest We Forget


1st Prize

Lenny Epstein
Til the Cows Come Home

2nd Prize

Aaron Bell
Crawford: Family of Champions

3rd Prize

Joel George


1st Prize

Adam Gray and Andrew Gray
Fly Colt Fly