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

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● February 28, 2018 12:05

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 February 2018.


2018 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the twelve CFC alumni who are among the finalists for this year’s WGC Screenwriting Awards. Find out more HERE.

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Christina Jennings

2018 CFC Award for Creative Excellence

The CFC is pleased to present the fifth annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence to visionary producer and CFC alumna Christina Jennings, founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, in recognition of her innovative storytelling, critically and commercially accomplished body of work, and her creative and business contributions to the Canadian and international entertainment industries. Emmy® Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany and CFC founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison will present the award at a formal reception in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 2018. Read more HERE and learn more about Christina Jennings HERE.

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The Breadwinner

2018 Annie Awards

Hit alumni film The Breadwinner (co-written by alumni Anita Doron, produced by alumni Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen) was named Best Animated Feature – Independent at the 2018 Annie Awards on February 3, 2018. Click HERE for the full list of winners.

Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2018

The Breadwinner was also the recipient of this year’s Cinema for Peace Award for Justice. More info HERE.

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2018 Reel Canadian Film Festival Awards

Congratulations to alumni film ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, from writer/director Kyle Rideout and writer/producer Josh Epstein, which won the 2018 RCFF People’s Choice Award for Best Feature. More info HERE.


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The New Romantic

SXSW 2018

  • The New Romantic (from writer/director Carly Stone and writer/producer Kyle Mann), the latest feature developed through the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, will see its World Premiere at SXSW in the Narrative Feature Competition on March 11, 2018. Read more HERE and HERE.
  • Alumni projects We Forgot to Break Up (Chandler Levack, director), The Things You Think I’m Thinking (Sherren Lee, director) and Night Owl (Gillian Muller, director) are also screening at SXSW.


  • Look out for CFC Features' critically acclaimed comedy ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL at various film festivals this March. More info HERE.


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Don't Talk to Irene

  • Alumna Kathleen Hepburn’s award-winning debut feature Never Steady, Never Still (developed through the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program) opens in select theatres in Toronto and Vancouver on March 2. More info HERE.
  • Alumnus Pat Mills’ coming-of-age pic Don’t Talk to Irene,which was developed through the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, hits theatres and VOD in the U.S. on March 2. Learn more HERE.
  • Alumnus Graeme Manson (Orphan Black co-creator) is the new shownner for TNT’s Snowpiercer. More info  HERE.
  • Alumni of the 2016 Slaight Music Residency (Aimee Bessada, Chris Reineck, Neil Haverty, Rebecca Everett and Spencer Creaghan) wowed guests at the 2018 CFC Annual Gala & Auction on February 15 with their performance of a medley of hit songs featured in Norman Jewison’s beloved films, including “The Cincinnati Kid,” “Send Me No Flowers,” “Only You,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “Hurricane.” Read more HERE.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications