CFC Alumni & Resident Roundup: Updates & Successes (December 2017)

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● December 11, 2017 13:20

CFC alumni are continually making waves in the Canadian and international screen-based entertainment industries – from awards to festivals, industry recognition, “it lists” and more. Grab your favourite snack and beverage and settle in to catch up on the latest CFC alumni updates and success stories from November and December 2017 below – our alumni are up to lots of great things!


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'Window Horses' / 'The Breadwinner'

2018 Oscars: Best Animated Feature Contenders

  • We are proud to share that two alumni films have qualified for consideration in this year’s Oscar race for Best Animated Feature: alumna Ann Marie Fleming’s CFC-supported indie feature Window Horses, as well as hand-drawn animated feature The Breadwinner, co-written by CFC collaborator Anita Doron and produced by alumni Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen. See the full list of animated features Oscar contenders HERE.

An animated image of a young girl and a woman amongst flowers.

'Window Horses'

2017 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

  • More good news for Window Horses! It was also named Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards on November 23, 2017. Read more HERE.

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'The Breadwinner'

2018 Golden Globe Awards, Critics' Choice Awards & Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society (LAOFCS) Awards Nominations

  • The Breadwinner has been nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, a Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Animated Feature and a LAOFCS Award for Best Animated Film. The winners will be announced on January 7, January 11, 2018 and January 3, 2018, respectively. More info HERE, HERE and HERE.

2017 Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) Awards

  • The Breadwinner was named Best Animated Feature of 2017 by TFCA members. The awards will be presented at the 21st TFCA awards gala on January 9, 2018 in Toronto. See the full list of award winners HERE.

2018 Annie Awards Nominations

  • The Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus Jeff Morrow has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production for his work on Olaf's Frozen Adventure, alongside Christophe Beck (who Jeff was introduced to during his residency at the CFC!).
  • The Breadwinner received an incredible eight Annie Awards nominations, including Best Animated Feature-Independent, Writing in an Animated Feature Production, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production and Music in an Animated Feature Production, for music composed by former Composer Chair of The Slaight Family Music Lab, Mychael Danna.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, February 3, 2018. More info HERE.

2018 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

  • We are pleased to share that alumna Stella Meghie is nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture for her feature Everything, Everything (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures). In addition, Greenleaf (OWN), directed by alumnus Clement Virgo, was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. The winners will be announced Monday, January 15, 2018. See the full list of nominees HERE.

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Alumnae Karen Walton and Tassie Cameron at the 2017 WIFT-T Crystal Awards

2017 WIFT-T Crystal Awards

  • On December 5, alumna and former Executive Producer in Residence of the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program Karen Walton was presented with the Mentorship Award at the 2017 WIFT-T Crystal Awards in Toronto.

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The Things You Think I'm Thinking

2017 Whistler Film Festival Awards

Two alumnae took home awards at this year’s Whistler Film Festival:

  • Sherren Lee won the Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Short Film for The Things You Think I’m Thinking (a number of additional CFC alumni were involved behind and in front of the camera: written by and starring Jesse LaVercombe, produced by Kat Hidalgo, edited by Simone Smith, with music by Casey Manierka-Quaile)
  • Chandler Levack took home the Canadian ShortWork Award for We Forgot to Break Up (with additional alumni involvement from: produced by Nicole Hilliard-Forde (producer), Kat Hidalgo (line producer), Bryan Atkinson (editor) and starring Grace Glowicki)

Read the full list of award winners HERE.

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D.W. Waterson at the 2017 Notable Awards

2017 Notable Awards

  • Congratulations go out to current Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab resident D.W. Waterson, who won Director of the Year at the Notable Awards on November 22, 2017. More info on the Notable Awards HERE.

Emily Piggford

2017 Dublin Web Festival Awards

  • We also extend our congratulations to CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Emily Piggford, who won the award for Best Actress in a Drama at the Dublin Web Festival for her role as Meagan in Season 2 of That’s My DJ (a webseries created and directed by resident D.W. Waterson). More info on Dublin WebFest HERE.

2017 B3 Biennial of the Moving Image Awards

  • Great news for alumni film Suck It Up (directed by Jordan Canning, starring Grace Glowicki and Erin Carter, produced by Canning, Glowicki, Carter and fellow alumnus Marc Tetreault, with music by Ben Fox and film editing by Simone Smith), which won the award for Best Feature Film at the B3 Biennale on December 3, 2017.

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Jonathan Gagne, Co-Founder, MasterpieceVR accepts an award at the Best Ottawa Business Awards

The Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs)


A mom and son dance face-to-face at a home school prom.

'Adventures in Public School'

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

Five alumni films will be celebrated as the best in Canadian cinema at the 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, running from January 12 to 21, 2018 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto:

  • ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (formerly Public Schooled): CFC Features’ award-winning comedy, written by alumni Kyle Rideout (director) and Josh Epstein (producer) and produced through CFC Features and Rideout and Epstein’s production company Motion 58, has been selected to kick off the 2017 Festival as the opening night film. (More info HERE)
  • Never Steady, Never Still: The heartbreaking first feature from writer/director Kathleen Hepburn (developed at the CFC through the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Writers’ Lab), associate-produced by Evan Crowe, executive-produced by Lori Lozinski, edited by Simone Smith, with music by Ben Fox and production design by Liz Cairns.
  • Unarmed Verses: The lyrical documentary from writer/director Charles Officer and producer Lea Marin.
  • Rupture (short): Written, directed, executive-produced and co-edited by alumna Yassmina Karajah, with assistant art direction by Liz Cairns.
  • The Drop In (short): edited by alumna Christine Armstrong.

More info on the alumni films in Canada’s Top Ten HERE.

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'Un Traductor'

2018 Sundance Film Festival

  • We are thrilled for our alumni Sebastián Barriuso and Lindsay Gossling, whose feature Un Traductor was selected to screen as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition lineup at next year’s Sundance Film Festival. See the full feature lineup HERE.

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2018 Slamdance Film Festival

  • Two alumni shorts are headed for Slamdance, which runs from January 19 to 25 in Park City, Utah: The Things You Think I’m Thinking (from director Sherren Lee) and Rupture (from Yassmina Karajah). See the full lineup HERE.


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Mark Ratzlaff on the set of 'Sesame Street'

  • Alumnus Mark Ratzlaff directed multiple segments for Sesame Street this year and the first one, H is for Holiday, premiered on Wednesday, November 22 on PBS in their holiday special Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications