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Canadore Student Film Accepted into New Zealand Indigenous Film Festival

Mar 11, 2019 | Canadore College

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Canadore College digital cinematography student, Morningstar Derosier, will be attending Māoriland in New Zealand later this week.

Derosier’s film project, A World of Our Own was accepted into the largest Indigenous film festival in the southern hemisphere, which is rooted in Indigenous cinema, storytelling, traditions and inclusion. Her production has been entered into the ‘Kauae Raro’ category, which translates into ‘terrestrial knowledge.’

Derosier is from Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake First Nation), was awarded The Ellen Monaque Award for Best Youth Work at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival for A World of Our Own in November 2018.

Also screening is the made-in-northern Ontario feature film, Angelique’s Isle, produced by Canadore College digital cinematography professor, Dave Clement. This multi-million dollar production is about a young couple stranded for the winter of 1845 on a remote island on Lake Superior. Co-directed by Thunder Bay’s Michelle Derosier and Montreal’s Marie-Hélène Cousineau, the film has already won ‘best film’ and two best actor awards in San Francisco at the American Indian Film Festival.

The Māoriland film festival program runs from March 20-24 in Ōtaki, Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 75 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and provides success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 15 international countries. The College and its students add nearly $244 million to Nipissing Parry Sound Service Area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 45,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors and generous donors for the balance.

For more information, please contact:  Jessica Charette at 705.475.2538 or; Carrie Richmond at 705.474.7600, ext. 5216 or


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