Captive WINS 5 Awards at the 2021 Yorkton Film Festival including ‘Best of Festival’

Toronto, Canada — May 27, 2021 — North America’s longest running film festival, Yorkton Film Festival announced today that CAPTIVE,  Antica Productions’ 2021 TV documentary, is the winner of Best Documentary Social/Political award, Emerging Filmmaker award, Best Research award, Best Documentary in Mental Health category and the Best of Festival award. Widely considered as one of the most prestigious award for Canadian filmmakers, the Yorkton Film Festival is dedicated to the promotion of the best screen based media content, through their annual film festival and the Golden Sheaf Awards competition.

CAPTIVE is a powerful, personal journey of surviving the physical and psychological pain and trauma of captivity and the toll conflict takes on women and girls. Filmed over four years and several high-risk trips into north eastern Nigeria, writer and director Mellissa Fung meets several brave young women who have escaped imprisonment by Boko Haram and who are now trying to rebuild their lives. Through their struggles, Fung comes to terms with her own past, confronting the deep trauma she thought she had long buried. CAPTIVE premiered on TVO on February 16, 2021.

“I am so grateful to the Yorkton Film Festival for honouring CAPTIVE, and for recognizing the amazing team behind this film. This award belongs to them – and to Zara, Asma’u, and Gambo, whose strength and bravery in the face of unimaginable suffering, continue to inspire us all,” said writer and producer, Mellissa Fung.

CAPTIVE is available to watch here.


About Mellissa Fung

Mellissa Fung is a veteran journalist, best-selling author, filmmaker, and director. She has traveled the world producing original documentaries for Al-Jazeera International, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and other media outlets.  She covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC, leading to her best-selling first book, Under an Afghan Sky, which chronicles her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Kabul in 2008. Over the last several years, Fung has focused on human rights reporting, returning to Afghanistan several times to continue reporting on the challenges that continue to exist there, particularly for women and children. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Walrus, The Toronto Star, CNN, and PBS.


About Antica Productions

Antica Productions is a creative content company that specializes in film, TV and podcasts. One of North America’s largest independent podcast studios, its recent shows include Do You Know Mordechai? (NBC/UCP); The Lost Kids (NBC/UCP); The Revisionaries with Michele Romanow (Audible); Seven Truths with Tanya Talaga (Audible); and Hustled (Toronto Star). 2021 will see the launch of several new Antica co-productions, including the much anticipated Translators with the Black Eyed Peas.

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