​CFC Alumni Earn 84 Canadian Screen Award Nominations

Posted: Feb 16, 2022

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The nominations for the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards are out and we are so proud to see so many CFC alumni among the nominees.

This year, CFC alumni received 84 nominations across the film, TV and digital media categories. Select highlights include 11 nominations each – including Best Motion Picture – for alumni films Night Raiders, the dystopian thriller from director Danis Goulet (Open Immersion participant), and Toronto suburb story Scarborough, co-directed by alumnus Rich Williamson, as well as 6 nominations for two-spirit odyssey Wildhood, from director and alumnus Bretten Hannam, including achievement in directing. Alumni film All My Puny Sorrows, from producer Tyler Levine, also received an incredible 8 nominations, including achievement in editing for Orlee Buium.

Among the TV nominations, the debut season of CBC comedy Sort Of picked up 13 nominations, including three for CFC alumni, and female buddy cop series Pretty Hard Cases, created by alumnae Tassie Cameron and Sherry White, earned 11 nominations. Alumni of our Slaight Family Music Lab also scored multiple nominations across the music categories, including three nominations for original score and one for original song, as well as nods for original music, both fiction and non-fiction, in the television craft categories.

Congratulations to all our alumni and all of the Canadian creators who received nominations for this year’s CSAs. We look forward to celebrating you all during Canadian Screen Week, beginning April 4.

Here’s the full list of this year’s CSA nominations for CFC alumni:


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(L-R): Scarborough, Wildhood, Night Raiders

Best Motion Picture

  • Night Raiders – Paul Barkin, Danis Goulet
  • Wildhood – Gharrett Paon, Bretten Hannam

Achievement in Casting

  • Rich Williamson – Scarborough

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Rich Williamson – Scarborough

Achievement in Direction

  • Danis Goulet – Night Raiders (Open Immersion Participant)
  • Rich Williamson – Scarborough
  • Bretten Hannam – Wildhood

Achievement in Editing

  • Orlee Buium – All My Puny Sorrows
  • Dev Singh – Cinema of Sleep

Achievement in Music – Original Score

  • Stephen Krecklo – Between Waves
  • Suad Bushnaq – Jasmine Road
  • Spencer Creaghan – Motherly

Achievement in Music – Original Song

  • Tika Simone, Casey Manierka-Quaile – Learn to Swim, “And Then We Don’t”

Original Screenplay

  • Danis Goulet – Night Raiders
  • Bretten Hannam – Wildhood

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Thomas Antony Olajide – Learn to Swim

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers – Night Raiders (Open Immersion Participant)

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kate Corbett – The Righteous

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary

  • Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy – Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Lori Lozinski
  • My Tree – Aeschylus Poulos, Matt Code
  • One of Ours – Laura Perlmutter, Jennifer Kawaja, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith

Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary

  • Hans Olson – Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
  • Ben Lawrence – My Tree

Best Short Documentary

  • Nalujuk Night – Kat Baulu

John Dunning Best First Feature Film Award


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Best Drama Series

  • Transplant – Joseph Kay, Virginia Rankin, Adam Barken

Best Comedy Series

  • Jann – Andrew Barnsley, Mike McPhaden
  • Letterkenny – Mark Montefiore
  • Sort Of – Jennifer Kawaja

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series

  • Canada’s Drag Race – Betty Orr, Michael Kot

Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series

  • Humour Resources – Adam Brodie, Dave Derewlany

Best History Documentary Program or Series

  • British Columbia: An Untold History – Trish Dolman
  • Searching for Secrets – Michael Kot

Best Pre-School Program or Series

  • Pikwik Pack – Kirsten Newlands

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series

  • Lockdown – Lisa Codrington

Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series

  • Gabby’s Farm – Marlo Miazga

Best Variety or Entertainment Special

  • Indspire Awards 2021 – Jennifer Podemski


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Best Web Program or Series, Fiction

  • The Communist’s Daughter – Lauren Corber
  • Querencia – Mary Galloway

Best Direction, Web Program or Series

  • 21 Black Futures,“The Death News” – Charles Officer
  • For the Record,“Climax” – Sudz Sutherland

Best Lead Performance, Web Program or Series

  • 21 Black Futures – Lovell Adams-Gray

Best Immersive Experience – Fiction

  • Blasters of the Universe: Infinity Forever – Secret Location (alumni company)
  • Paranormal Pest Patrol – Secret Location, alumni company
  • The Passengers – Ziad Touma


Sort Of

Best Direction, TV Movie

  • Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos – Gail Harvey
  • I Was Lorena Bobbitt – Danishka Esterhazy
  • Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story – Gloria Ui Young Kim

Best Direction, Drama Series

  • Coroner, “Eyes Up” – Charles Officer
  • Hudson & Rex, “Blood on the Tracks”Tracey Deer
  • Murdoch Mysteries, “Murdoch Escape Room” – Warren Sonoda

Best Direction, Comedy

  • Sort Of, “Sort of A Party” – Renuka Jeyapalan

Best Direction, Documentary Series

  • British Columbia: An Untold History,“Migration + Resilience” – Kevin Eastwood

Best Writing, Drama Series

  • Coroner, “Eyes Up”Motion
  • Transplant, “Free For What”Joseph Kay

Best Writing, Comedy

  • Sort Of, “Sort of Back”Jenn Engels

Best Writing, Children’s or Youth

  • Lockdown, “The Confession” – Lisa Codrington

Best Writing, Animation

  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, “I am Temple Grandin” – Charles Johnston

Best Picture Editing, Drama

  • Murdoch Mysteries, “Murdoch Escape Room”Kathy Weinkauf
  • SurrealEstate,“For Sale by Owner” – Simone Smith

Best Picture Editing, Reality/Competition

  • Canada’s Drag Race, “The Snatch Game” – Baun Mah

Best Picture Editing, Comedy

  • Kim’s Convenience, “Appa & Linus”Aren Hansen

Best Original Music, Fiction

  • Faith Heist – Todor Kobakov, Iva Delic, Tika Simone

Best Original Music, Non-Fiction

  • The Covid Cruise – Erica Procunier
  • Inside the Great Vaccine Race – Michelle Osis


Kim’s Convenience

Best Lead Actor, TV Movie

  • Death She Wrote – Emmanuel Kabongo

Best Lead Actress, Comedy

  • Kim’s Convenience – Jean Yoon

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy

  • Letterkenny – Lisa Codrington

See the full list of nominees here.

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