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RNIFF 28th Laurels

And the Nominees Are:

Best Picture

  • Bones of Crows
  • Four Souls of Coyote
  • Café Daughter
  • The Unknown Country
  • Gift Of Fear

Achievement in Directing

  • Marie Clements for Bones of Crows
  • Áron Gauder for Four Souls of Coyote
  • Shelley Niro for Café Daughter
  • Morrisa Maltz for The Unknown Country
  • Katy Dore, Jack Kohler for Gift Of Fear

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Grace Dove for Bones of Crows
  • Carla-Rae for Bones of Crows
  • Gail Maurice for Bones of Crows
  • Violah Beauvais for Café Daughter
  • Lily Gladstone for The Unknown Country
  • Laura Vallejo for Gift Of Fear
  • Isa Antonetti for Gift Of Fear

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Leading Role

  • Phillip Forest Lewitski for Bones of Crows
  • Glen Gould for Bones of Crows
  • Lorne Cardinal for Four Souls of Coyote
  • Richard Ray Whitman for The Unknown Country
  • Justin Johnson Cortez for Gift Of Fear

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role

  • Michelle Thrush for Bones of Crows
  • Summer Testawich for Bones of Crows
  • Alyssa Wapanatahk for Bones of Crows
  • Star Slade for Café Daughter
  • Sera-Lys McArthur for Café Daughter

Best Original Screenplay

  • Marie Clements for Bones Of Crows
  • Áron Gauder, Géza Bereményi for Four Souls of Coyote
  • Shelley Niro, Kenneth T. Williams for Café Daughter
  • Lily Gladstone, Morrisa Maltz, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Vanara Taing for The Unknown Country
  • Carly Kohler, Jack Kohler for Gift Of Fear

Best Documentary Feature

  • Common Ground
  • Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun
  • Navajo Nation USA
  • Custodians – A Story of Ancient Echoes
  • The Nature of Healing
  • Guadalupe
  • True Story
  • A Boy Called Piano

Best Doc Short

  • NATIVE HOPE CHAMPIONS: Riding for the Missing
  • Keepers of the Land
  • Mauri Tu Mauri Ora
  • Pe ataju jumali / Hot Air
  • Where Do I Belong
  • Many Moons
  • I am Kānaka
  • Malignasquelluki (To Live in Harmony)
  • A Reflection of Life: Voices of Our Youth
  • pî-kiwîk
  • Abaznoda (basket)
  • Handgames in the Delta
  • Wounded Knee Survivors Run
  • Lily Gladstone: Far Out There

Best Live Action

  • Borders
  • Hatarimuy (Rise Up)
  • Ohskennón:ten Owí:ra (Little Deer)
  • Musk.
  • The Handsome Man
  • THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT ETHEL: Patron Saint of the Santee, Bloody Fourth, and Gitmo Bay
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Urpi: Her Last Wish

Best Animated Short

  • Nya’waap Illyuw Uuchyuwp — Our Way of Knowing
  • Heart Like a Pow Wow
  • Tiny
  • There are Hierarchies of Grief
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