Alumni & Resident Roundup: Updates & Successes (January 2018)

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● January 29, 2018 10:30

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. Here’s the latest round of updates and success stories for CFC alumni and residents from January 2018.


An illustration of two young boys sitting on a wall.

'The Breadwinner'

2018 Oscar Nominations

We are thrilled that alumni film The Breadwinner (produced by alumni Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen) has been nominated for and an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Congratulations to Anthony and Andrew on this incredible achievement! The 90th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. See the full list of nominees HERE.

A woman holding a syringe.

'Mary Kills People'

2018 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations

We are pleased to share that 68 alumni received nominations for 2018 Canadian Screen Awards for their work on 53 different products or productions, many receiving multiple nominations. For the full list of alumni nominees, click HERE.

A young girl standing in front of a microphone in a recording suite.

'Unarmed Verses'

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award

Unarmed Verses, from CFC alumni writer/director Charles Officer and producer Lea Marin, was voted winner of TIFF’s 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award. More info HERE. Read our post about the Unarmed Verses panel from the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival Industry Day HERE.

Three young people make peace signs in a picture.


2018 Slamdance Awards

Alumna Yassmina Karajah’s short film Rupture received the Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Slamdance. Yassmina was also named the first recipient of The Russo Brothers Fellowship, a $25,000 prize that includes mentorship from Joe and Anthony Russo as well as development support from their studio. Congratulations, Yassmina! More info HERE.

Woman standing in a lake.

'Never Steady, Never Still'

2018 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards

Congratulations to alumna Kathleen Hepburn whose critically acclaimed debut feature Never Steady, Never Still was named Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Kathleen also took home the award for Best Canadian Director. More info HERE.

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Jennifer Podemski

16th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto

Alumna Jennifer Podemski will receive the Award of Excellence at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto on Saturday, February 24, 2018. More info HERE.

CFC alumnus Andrew Rosen with 'The Breadwinner' voice actors Saara Chaudry and Soma Chhaya at the TFCA Awards.

2017 Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) Awards

Alumni film The Breadwinner (co-written by CFC alumna Anita Doron and produced by alumni Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen) was presented with the award for Best Animated Feature at the Toronto Film Critics Association awards on January 9, 2018.

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Gharrett Patrick Paon

Nova Scotia Talent Trust Awards

Recent Cineplex Entertainment Film Program grad Gharrett Patrick Paon was selected as the recipient of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Emerging Artist of Excellence Award and the Shelagh MacKenzie Documentary Filmmaking Award. More info HERE.

2017 New York Television Festival & SeriesFest Awards

Congratulations to alumnus Kris Lefcoe, whose half-hour pilot “Giving Up,” which she wrote, directed, produced and edited has won several awards in recent months: two awards at the 2017 New York Television Festival, Overall Best of the Fest Award and Best Writing; and two awards at the SeriesFest 2017 Awards, Best Pilot in a Comedy and Best Director in a Comedy. More info HERE and HERE).


A mother and son face each other and dance at a home school prom.

'Adventures in Public School'

Look out for CFC Features' critically acclaimed comedy ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL at various film festivals this February, like the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), which runs from January 31 to February 10, 2018. More info, including screening times, HERE.

Alumni features Mary Goes Round (from director Molly McGlynn) and Meditation Park (from director Mina Shum) will also make their U.S. premieres at SBIFF. See the full lineup HERE.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications (Mat Leave)