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

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● July 30, 2018 10:10

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 residents and alumni from July 2018.


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NSI Online Short Film Festival Awards

Three CFC alumni picked up prizes in the latest round of awards in the NSI Online Short Film Festival:

  • She Came Knocking (pictured) directed by John Ainslie, and PYOTR495 directed by Blake Mawson, tied for the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film
  • Kimberly-Sue Murray won the Brian Linehan Actors Award for her work in She Came Knocking

Read more HERE.


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Alumni film 'Giant Little Ones' will have its World Premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

2018 Toronto International Film Festival

On July 24, TIFF announced the first wave of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentation programmes of the 43rd festival, which runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. We are pleased to share a number of films with CFC alumni involvement will be participating, including:

  • The Weekend, directed by Stella Meghie (Special Presentations, World Premiere)
  • Through Black Spruce, directed by Don McKellar (Special Presentations; World Premiere)
  • Giant Little Ones, directed by Keith Behrman, with Daniel Bekerman as executive producer, Lauren Grant as co-producer and Brendan Brady as line producer (Special Presentations; World Premiere)
  • Mouthpiece, produced by Jennifer Shin and line produced by Brendan Brady (Special Presentations Opening Film; World Premiere)
  • The Hummingbird Project, starring Anna Maguire (Special Presentations Opening Film; World Premiere)

See the full lineup HERE.

NFMLA Monthly Film Festival – July 28, 2018

On July 28, 2018, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) celebrated their Monthly Film Festival, with a special focus on emerging Canadian Cinema, co-hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and Telefilm Canada. The following alumni works participated:

  • Bickford Park, directed by Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart
  • Night Owl (Episodes 1 + 2), directed by Gillian Muller
  • A Birthday Story, directed by Alyson Richards
  • The Things You Think I'm Thinking, directed by Sherren Lee

See the full lineup HERE.

Venice International Film Festival

CFC Media Lab production Made this Way: Redefining Masculinity will participate in the Venice Virtual Reality Competition at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival, which runs from August 29 to September 8, 2018 in Venice, Italy. Read more HERE.


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CFC alumnae Molly McGlynn and Jennifer Podemski announced as new Ambassadors for TIFF's Share Her Journey movement.

  • 22 CHASER, the high-octane drama and 22nd feature film developed and financed for production by CFC Features, directed by alumnus Rafal Sokolowski, written by alumnus Jeremy Boxen and produced by alumni Aeschylus Poulos and Daniel Bekerman alongside CFC board member Don Carmody is now available on VOD. Watch the film HERE.
  • TIFF announced alumnae Molly McGlynn and Jennifer Podemski as new Ambassadors for its Share Her Journey movement, and alumna Nikki Saltz as the inaugural Micki Moore Resident for her feature comedy screenplay, Work It. Learn more HERE.
  • Alumni film Mary Goes Round, from writer/director Molly McGlynn (produced by Matt Code, executive-produced by Aeschylus Poulos, edited by Christine Armstrong and Bryan Atkinson, featuring music by Dillon Baldassero and Casey Manierka-Quaile, as well as two original songs by Lisa Conway, and an appearance by Bruce Novakowski), is now available on VOD. Watch it HERE.
  • Never Saw it Coming, from CFC alumna and director Gail Harvey, will begin its theatrical run in Toronto on Friday, August 17, 2018. More info HERE.
  • CBC Arts's film show The Filmmakers is back for Season 2 and will celebrate eight female directors throughout the season, including alumnae Mina Shum (Saturday, July 28 episode), Ann Marie Fleming (Saturday, August 11 episode) and Stella Meghie (Saturday, September 15 episode). Click HERE for more information and the full Season 2 schedule.
  • Alumnus Brad Peyton is set to helm and produce the upcoming adaptation of graphic novel Skyward. Read more HERE.
  • Alumna Jackie Olive, from CFC Media Lab’s 2016 Open Immersion: A Virtual Reality Creative Doc Lab, was selected as one of the directors for the Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab, which ran from July 10 to 23 as a joint initiative of the Institute's Film Music Program, Feature Film Program and Documentary Film Program. More info HERE.
  • Juggernaut, produced by CFC Features alumnus Matthew Cervi, edited by Rob Grant and featuring music by Michelle Osis, is now available is now available via Amazon Prime in the US and Canada. Find it HERE.
  • Syfy in the U.K. has acquired season four of sci-fi drama Killjoys, created by alumna Michelle Lovretta. Learn more HERE.
  • Cameras started rolling on July 9 on Season 2 of CBC’s original drama series Burden of Truth. Alumnus Grant Harvey will return to direct on Season 2, and alumni Shannon Masters, Hayden Simpson and Eric Putzer will return to the writers’ room. Read more HERE.
  • Alumna Haya Waseem has joined the production company Variable as a director. More info HERE.
  • Global renewed suspense drama Ransom, executive produced by alumna Jennifer Kawaja for Season 3. Learn more HERE.
  • Alumnus Anthony Del Col’s digital comic Luke Cage is one of the new titles joining Marvel Digital Originals (MDOs), and will be released digitally worldwide on August 15, 2018. Find out more HERE.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications