FilmNorth is proud to announce the inaugural presentation of two awards of achievement that recognize excellence in independent filmmaking. The first is the FilmNorth Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement, innovation, and artistry. The second is the Gordon Parks Trailblazer Award, presented by FilmNorth and SoulTouch Productions to a film artist whose career choices show a vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

John Carroll Lynch is the 2017 FilmNorth Award recipient.

Craig Laurence Rice is the 2017 Gordon Parks Trailblazer Award recipient.