Sonia is a bilingual Mohawk filmmaker and graduate from Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Over the last decade Sonia has developed and produced television projects in English and French ranging from children’s programming to socially driven documentaries. Sonia won the PRIX DE LA DIVERSITÉ at the 2011 Gala des Prix Gémeaux for her documentary Last Call Indian. In 2014, Sonia’s first feature film, Le Dep, premiered at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Since then it has won awards and made the official selection of several festivals around the world. She also made a feature documentary about the impacts of the 1990 Oka Crisis called The Oka Legacy, which earned her a Golden Sheaf award at the 2016 Yorkton Film Festival. Sonia is the 2016 recipient of the APTN Award of Distinction given during the Montreal’s First Peoples Festival and the the 2017 WIDC Feature Film Award for her sophomore feature film, Rustic Oracle which she developed in part through WIDC Story & Leadership. Rustic Oracle has gone on to earn multiple awards and nominations including for Best Direction, Best Film, Best Performance, Best Supporting Performance.
She is currently prepping for her upcoming limited series, Pour toi Flora which will radio-Canada’s first ever fully Indigenous-led series.
Awards & Nominations
Rustic Oracle (feature film)
2020 Best Motion Picture, Leo Award
2020 Nomination, Best Direction, Directors Guild of Canada Awards
Le Dep (feature film)
2015 Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Emerging Talent, ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival
Last Call Indien (documentary)
2011 Multi-cultural Award, Gémeaux Awards
WIDC Award Winner
“I’m extremely honoured. To me this is much more than an award to help me make my film, it’s an opportunity to be a part of the WIDC family; a community of women filmmakers and mentors I know I will be able to count on, and companies I want to work with as my career moves along. I look forward to giving back the same kind of mentorship and support to others in the future.”