Every year since 2011, the Joliette Institution for Women provides a jury of five inmates. The women screen eight films from the festival’s program and select one as the winner. The winning film is awarded a prize at the festival’s closing ceremony in November.
Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the jury was not able to give the award in 2020 and in 2021.
The Women Inmate Jury Award :
2019 - nîpawistamâsowin : nous nous lèverons by Tasha Hubbard
2018 - Point d'équilibre by Christine Chevarie-Lessard
2017 - Bagages by Paul Tom
2016 - Angry Inuk by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
2015 - Retour aux sources by Jean-Sébastien Francoeur and Andrew Marchand-Boddy
2014 - Examen d'État by Dieudo Hamadi
2013 - Expedition to the End of the World by Daniel Dencik
2012 - 5 Broken Cameras d’Emad Burnat by Guy Davidi
2011 - Bouton by Res Balzli
These activities are supported by the Quebec chapter of the Elizabeth Fry Society and Médiations culturelles MTL program, thanks to the 'Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal' between the Ville de Montréal and Quebec government.