Alumni Roundup: February 2022

Posted: Feb 1, 2022

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CFC alumni show no signs of slowing down as they move forward into 2022 with new nominations, announcements, and updates. This month, alumni made headlines when The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) announced the three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award – all of which are CFC alumni films! Plus, CFC alum score four noms for this year’s ACTRA Toronto Awards. And, Jennifer Holness is all the buzz this Black History Month with the premiere of her feature documentary Subjects of Desire.

Read on for the latest alumni news and updates, and be sure to check out our watchlist below for binge-worthy content.


Sundance Film Festival

January 20-30, 2022

  • Framing Agnes, produced by Shant Joshi, wins the NEXT Audience Award and the NEXT Innovator Award at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Read more here.

ACTRA Awards

Sunday, March 6, 2022

ACTRA Toronto announced the nominees for the Outstanding Performance on-camera and voice awards, and we are so proud to share that four CFC alumni received nominations (see below!). The ACTRA Awards in Toronto will be broadcast on ACTRA Toronto’s YouTube channel on Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m. EST.

Outstanding Performance – Gender Non-Conforming or Female:

  • Getenesh Berhe as Abrihet in Cinema of Sleep (Inferno Pictures Inc.)

Outstanding Performance – Gender Non-Conforming or Male:

Outstanding Performance – Gender Non-Conforming or Female Voice

  • Kimberly-Sue Murray as Gamora in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal; Marvel Entertainment)

See the full list of nominees here.

Toronto Film Critics Awards

March 2022

The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) has announced the nominees for the Best Canadian Film Award. The honour, which will be handed out at the 25th TFCA Awards Gala in March, includes a $100,000 cash prize, with the runner-ups each receiving $5,000. Nominees include the following alumni feature films:

  • Beans: Directed by Tracey Deer, who co-wrote the screenplay with Meredith Vuchnich, produced by Anne-Marie Gélinas of EMA Films.
  • Night Raiders: Directed by Danis Goulet, edited by Jorge Weisz,and starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers.
  • Scarborough: Co-directed by Rich Williamson, with music by Rob Teehan.

Read more here.

CMPA Indiescreen Awards

February 11, 2022

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) unveiled the nominees for its 16th annual Indiescreen Awards, which celebrate excellence in Canadian independent feature film production, recognizing individuals with a demonstrated passion for producing, who have made significant contributions to the domestic industry. Nominees include CFC alumni Paul Barkin, Anand Ramayya and Alona Metzer. In addition, CFC/Netflix Marketplace Accelerator participant Martin Edralin is also nominated in this year’s CMPA Indiescreen Awards. The winners will be announced at a live virtual event on February 11, presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada, as part of the CMPA’s Prime Time 2022 conference.

Read more here.

Whistler Film Festival 2021 Awards

The Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature was awarded to alumni film Cinema of Sleep, from writer-director Jeffrey St. Jules, starring Actors Conservatory alumna Getenesh Berhe, edited by alum Dev Singh.

See the full list of winners here.

Ontario Arts Foundation Awards

January 17, 2022

Slaight Music alum and composer Suad Bushnaq is the recipient of this year’s $10,000 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. The award recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers. This award is in support of Suad’s composition SinBach, commissioned by the Mississauga-based Canadian Arabic Orchestra (CAO), which will perform and tour the work in 2022.

Read more here.

Framing Agnes


Berlinale Forum

February 20, 2022

  • Cette maison (This House), edited by Xi Feng

See the 2022 Forum Main Programme here.

Sundance Film Festival

January 20-30, 2022

  • Framing Agnes, produced by Shant Joshi

See the full schedule here.

Glasgow Film Festival

March 2-13, 2022

  • Ashgrove, directed and produced by CFC alum Jeremy LaLondewill have its World Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on March 3 and 4.

More festival info here.

Subjects of Desire


Celebrate Black Excellence, Black Voices and Black Stories this Black History Month and beyond with the following alumni series and films:

  • Subjects of Desire, directed and written by Jennifer Holness is available to stream as of February 1, 2022 on, YouTube, Roku, and Apple TV.
  • The highly anticipated new drama The Porter makes its world premiere on February 21 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC and features episodes directed by alum Charles Officer, with writing by alumnae Priscilla White and Marsha Greene.
  • BLK: An Origin Story, executed produced by alumni creative duo Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland, is a four-part limited documentary series that explores the fundamental history of Black Canadians, premieres February 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History.
  • Akilla’s Escape, from alumni Charles Officer (director), Wendy Motion Brathwaite (writer), starring Shomari Downer, is available to rent/buy on Cineplex, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and Amazon.
  • Coroner fan? Detective Malik Abed is played by CFC alumnus Andy McQueen. Catch new episodes Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBC.
  • Alum Jessica Meya is the story editor on new comedy series Children Ruin Everything, which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.
  • Fan-favourite comedy series Rutherford Falls features editing by alum Christine Armstrong. Stream now on Amazon Prime.
  • Catch up on seasons 1 and 2 of Power Book II: Ghost¸ starring alum Lovell Adams-Gray, on Prime Video and Hulu.
More for your watch-list:
  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, edited by CFC alum Dev Singh, is available to stream on Apple TV.
  • Reservation Dogs,starring Actors Conservatory alum Devery Jacobs, is available to stream on FX on Hulu.
  • Beans, from CFC alum Tracey Deer (director/co-writer) and Meredith Vuchnich (co-writer), is available to rent/buy on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and YouTube.
  • New episodes of Transplant Season 2, series created by CFC alumnus Joseph Kay, air Mondays at 10/8MT on CTV.
  • Catch new episodes of Pretty Hard Cases Season 2, series created by alums Tassie Cameron and Sherry White, on Wednesdays at 9/9:30NT on CBC.
  • Children Ruin Everything also features alumni involvement from executive producer Mark Montefiore, with episodes directed by Renuka Jeyapalan, andwriting by alum Andrew De Angelis. Watch Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and the CTV app.

Night Raiders



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