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TIFF: Musician Buffy Sainte-Marie will Receive the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media

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As the Toronto International Film Festival gears up this week, with our own Joey Magidson bound for Canada this afternoon, another Tribute Award has been announced. Oscar winner Buffy Sainte-Marie will be receiving the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media. Read on for more about the latest TIFF prize being handed out.

Here is the TIFF press release:

Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, is delighted to announce that Academy Award®–winning Buffy Sainte-Marie will receive the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media presented by Participant Media. The TIFF Tribute Awards presented by BVLGARI will return to an in-person gala fundraiser during the 47th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 11 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

In addition, the Awards night will feature a musical performance from songwriter, poet, filmmaker, and artist Mustafa; presenters confirmed to honour TIFF Tribute Award recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Olivia Colman, Sam Hunter, Sarah Polley, and Jason Reitman, with more names to be announced in the coming days, alongside TIFF Rising Stars Natalia Aranguren, Gabriel LaBelle, Isaiah Lehtinen, Carmen Madonia, Thuso Mbedu, Joshua Odjick, Aaron Pierre, Choi Seung-yoon and Ty Simpkins.

Sainte-Marie, an Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist, will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival with Madison Thomas’ Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On. The documentary is as captivating and vital as its legendary subject, still the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar (in 1983 for Best Original Song “Up Where We Belong,” which she co-wrote and was featured in An Officer and a Gentleman). Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On is produced by Eagle Vision, White Pine Pictures, and Paquin Entertainment and will have its World Premiere on September 8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“Buffy Sainte-Marie has been challenging and changing the world for 60 years,” said Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF. “Her groundbreaking music, her lifelong activism on behalf of Indigenous people, and her passion for teaching have transformed countless hearts and minds. She is a singular icon and we are thrilled to be honouring her with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media.”

The Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media recognizes leadership in creating a union between social impact and cinema. Past recipients honoured in the prestigious category include Alanis Obomsawin in 2021 and Mira Nair in 2020.

Sainte-Marie joins the recently-announced list of 2022 TIFF Tribute Award honourees, including Hildur Guðnadóttir, who will receive the Variety Artisan Award; Sally El Hosaini, who will receive the TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by MGM; Michelle Yeoh, who will receive the TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award presented by BVLGARI; Brendan Fraser, who will receive the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance presented by IMDbPro; Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Sam Mendes, who will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award; and the ensemble of My Policeman, who will receive the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance presented by Polestar.

The TIFF Tribute Awards have served as an awards-season bellwether, with past honourees such as Jessica Chastain, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, Roger Deakins, Taika Waititi, and Chloé Zhao going on to win awards on the international stage. Once again, the TIFF Tribute Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator. The Awards gala event also serves as TIFF’s largest annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s Every Story fund, which promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in film and TIFF’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film.

The TIFF Rising Stars programme provides actors on the verge of making big waves on the international stage with an exclusive opportunity to experience and engage with the Festival. They will have access to professional development sessions, industry events, red carpets, mentorship, and valuable networking opportunities. All Rising Stars are featured in films in TIFF 2022 Official Selection. IMDbPro is proud to be the Media Partner for TIFF Rising Stars.

Source: Press Release

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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.
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