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Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie | credit: Stephen Paniccia and Blair Johannes

Academy Award®–winning Buffy Sainte-Marie will receive the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media presented by Participant Media at the TIFF Tribute Awards during the 47th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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. Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On 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 honorees, including Hildur Guðnadóttir, who will receive the Variety Artisan Award; Sally El Hosaini, who will receive the TIFF Emerging Talent Award; Michelle Yeoh, who will receive the TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award; Brendan Fraser, who will receive the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance; 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.

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