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

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● March 28, 2018 10:00

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 March 2018.


A man and woman walking away from a church arm in arm.


2018 Canadian Screen Awards

CFC alumni took home 18 awards at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. Click HERE for the full list.

A boy holding a glass of milk.


2018 SXSW Film Festival Awards

The New Romantic (from writer/director Carly Stone and writer/producer Kyle Mann), the latest feature developed through the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, received Special Jury Recognition for First Feature in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW. Additionally, CFC alumnus Max Walker’s short Milk was the Jury Award Winner in the Midnight Shorts section as part of the SXSW Short Film Jury Awards. More info HERE.

A woman stands at a podium and is handed an award from two people on either side of her.

Christina Jennings is presented with the CFC Award for Creative Excellence from CFC Founder Norman Jewison

2018 CFC Award for Creative Excellence

Visionary producer and CFC alumna Christina Jennings, founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, was presented with the fifth annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence at a reception in Los Angeles on March 21. Read more HERE.

A portrait of a man who has burn marks on his face.

'The Things You Think I'm Thinking'

2018 Canadian Film Fest Awards

Congratulations to our alumni who took home awards from this year’s Canada Film Fest: Renuka Jeyapalan and Jordan Canning won the DGC Ontario Best Director Award (with their fellow co-director Kris Booth) for their work on Ordinary Days; Sherren Lee scored the Special Jury Prize for her short The Things You Think I’m Thinking; and Honor Thy Mother, written by Kathleen Hepburn, story by Charlie Hidalgo, was the Grand Prize Winner for the Harold Greenberg Screenplay Contest, winning $10,000 in development funding. Click HERE for the full list of winners.

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Michelle McLeod (actor) and Pat Mills (director) of 'Don't Talk to Irene' with Jessica Allen, Correspondent for 'The Social'

2018 Kingston Canadian Film Festival Awards

Alumnus Pat Mills’ comedy feature Don’t Talk to Irene, which was developed through the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, continues to be well-received by audiences and critics alike – it recently took home the People’s Choice Award from the 2018 Kingston Canadian Film Festival, and the 2017 Comedy Vanguard Feature award from the Austin Film Festival! Read more HERE.

2018 Omaha Film Festival Awards

Congratulations to CFC Features and alumni film ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, from writer/director Kyle Rideout and writer/producer Josh Epstein, which won another audience choice award – this time the Audience Choice Feature Film award from the Omaha Film Festival! More info HERE.

2018 Festival du Film Canadien de Dieppe Awards

Two alumni films took home awards at the 2018 Festival du Film Canadien de Dieppe: Don’t Talk to Irene (from director Pat Mills) scored big with the Prix du Zonta Club and the top prize of Galet d’Or, and Indian Horse (produced by alumnae Paula Devonshire and Trish Dolman) also won two awards, Prix du Jury Jeunes and Prix du public. Learn more HERE.

2018 Prism Prize

The Prism Prize, celebrating the top Canadian music videos of the year, released its top-10 nominees list, which includes Pup’s video for “Old Wounds,” directed by CFC alumnus Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux. Find out more HERE.


Two individuals embracing while sitting on a concrete block.

'Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity'

The 2018 Hot Docs Festival

  • The 25th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, running April 26 to May 6, 2018 in Toronto, will honour Canadian filmmaker and CFC alumnus John Walker with this year’s Focus On retrospective and will feature Walker’s following films: A Drummer’s Dream (2010), The Fairy Faith (2000), Men of the Deeps (2003), Passage (2008), and Strand: Under the Dark Cloth (1989).
  • CFC alumni Charles Officer and Yung Chang will be involved in this year’s Big Steps program, a partnership between Hot Docs Samsung Canada to commission six short films in celebration of the festival’s 25th anniversary.
  • Some additional alumni works will also be featured at this year’s festival in the Canadian Spectrum program: 1999 from alumna Samara Grace Chadwick and United We Fan from alumnus Michael Sparaga.
  • Additionally, two CFC Media Lab VR productions will see their premieres at this year’s Hot Docs Festival in the DocX program, “an interdisciplinary section of the Festival celebrating documentary work that lives outside of the traditional format”: Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity, produced by CFC Media Lab, an interactive mixed-media documentary that explores how transgender men are challenging gender norms and redefining the traditional notions of masculinity; and Small Wonders: The VR Experience, CFC Media Lab’s groundbreaking virtual reality collaboration with Seneca’s School of Creative Arts and Animation and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) that takes users on a transcendent experience as they don a VR headset and explore a 3D rendering of a miniature boxwood carving from the AGO’s collection.

    Click HERE for the full festival lineup.

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

  • Two alumni films will be screening in the Midnight section at Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 18 to 29: 7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh, directed by alumnus Vivieno Caldinelli, and The Dark, produced by alumni Laura Permutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith. See the full lineup HERE.


A woman inside a pod of a ferris wheel.

'Mary Goes Round'

  • Netflix has renewed sci-fi drama Travelers, which was originally developed at the CFC in the 2014/15 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program story room, for Season 3. More info HERE.
  • Canada’s beloved period drama Murdoch Mysteries, from producer and CFC alumna Christina Jennings, has been renewed for Season 12. Read more HERE.
  • Hit CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek, which stars CFC alumna Annie Murphy, has been renewed for Season 5, and alumna Jordan Canning will be directing six episodes of the upcoming season! The Season 4 finale airs Tuesday, April 10 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC. More info HERE.
  • Alumna Reem Morsi has been selected as one of five winners of the 4th season of WIFT Vancouver’s From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest. See more HERE.
  • Alumna Molly McGlynn’s Mary Goes Round, developed through the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, will be released theatrically in Toronto on March 30. Click HERE for more info.
  • Alumni short film ROPEd, from alumni Jordana Aarons (producer) and Sebastián Barriuso (co-producer) and edited by Jorge Weisz, will air nationally across Canada on CBC’s “Canadian Reflections” series on April 5, 2018 at 11:30 p.m. local time and is also set to air in Toronto on April 17, 2018 as part of the WIFT-T Showcase. More information HERE and HERE.
  • Alumni film Love Jacked, directed and produced by alumnus Alfons Adetuyi, written and executive produced by fellow alumnus and brother Robert Adetuyi, and edited and executive produced by alumna Lisa di Michele, has been making its rounds on the festival circuit. Stay tuned for more details on this “runaway romantic comedy,” and in the meantime, check out the trailer HERE.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications