Announcing the Linda Joy & Helen Hill Award Winners!


We were thrilled to present the 2023 Linda Joy & Helen Hill Awards at the NSCAD Art Bar on September 21, in partnership with the Atlantic International Film Festival, who presented their own awards to close out their 43rd annual fest. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

LINDA JOY AWARD
Rose Schoonhoven | Between the Tide

Synopsis: Be immersed into the intricate and captivating world of saltwater marshes, ecosystems that have long remained hidden in plain sight.

LINDA JOY POST AWARD
Scott Jones | Good Samaritan

Synopsis: When Beth’s Uber unexpectedly stops to pick up another passenger, she realizes she accidentally ordered a ride share. Seemingly harmless conversation between the two passengers quickly sours, transforming the confines of the car into a claustrophobic commute that pushes her to the brink.

HELEN HILL ANIMATION AWARD
Alison Dixon | Dreamland

Synopsis: It’s 1911 and Coney Island is at the height of popularity. Train, a young girl visiting Coney Island with her parents to soak in the sights and sounds of the peninsula, finds herself lost in a world of escapologists, acrobats, mermaids and ancient monsters. With the help of her newfound friends, she must make it out of Coney Island alive.

ABOUT THE LINDA JOY AWARDS
The Linda Joy Media Arts Society was founded in 1986 to commemorate the contributions and legacy of Nova Scotia filmmaker and former AFCOOP coordinator Linda Joy Busby, who died of breast cancer at the age of 34. The film Linda Joy, which was started by Linda Joy Busby to share her experience during a period of remission, was later completed by friend and fellow filmmaker Bill MacGillivray. Proceeds from the sale of this film went toward the foundation of the initial society.

Since 2018, AFCOOP has taken over the administration of the Linda Joy Awards, which consist of cash and in-kind services designed to help filmmakers in the Atlantic region produce a new piece of film or media art piece.

ABOUT THE HELEN HILL ANIMATION AWARD
Helen Hill was a gifted filmmaker and film educator who was active in many communities across the continent. Helen lived in Halifax from 1995 to 2001, and was an integral personality in the film, arts and civic outreach communities. In January of 2007 Helen Hill passed away in her home in New Orleans, the victim of a random act of violence.

The Helen Hill Award was created by the board of the Linda Joy Media Arts Society to celebrate this remarkable individual and to support artists working in animation.