August was jam-packed with exciting CFC alumni news, including nominations for the 21st Annual DCG Awards for TV series, movies and miniseries, and the first-ever Canadian Screen Music Awards. As we head into September, CFC residents and alumni lead the Canadian slate at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, accounting for 24 of the 31 Canadian features screening at this year’s festival, including the world premiere of the highly anticipated adaption of Brother by CF alum and board member Clement Virgo.
Read on for the latest news and updates and be sure to get your tickets to see CFC alumni films at #TIFF22!
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Television Nominees for 21st Annual DGC Awards
Among the nominees for the 2022 DGC Awards for Television Series, Movies for Television and Mini-Series is an impressive list of alum talent. Winners in these categories will be announced at the West Coast DGC Awards in Vancouver on November 5, 2022.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
- Charles Officer – The Porter, Episode 101, Episode 1
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
- Cory Bowles – Pretty Hard Cases, Episode 205, Rubber Lining
- Melanie Orr – Run the Burbs, Episode 108, “Raccoon Fever”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Family Series
- Melanie Orr – The Hardy Boys, Episode 207, “The Doctor’s Orders”
Best Picture Editing – Dramatic Series
- Roslyn Kalloo – Vikings: Valhalla, Episode 105, “Miracle”
Best Picture Editing – Movies for Television and Mini-Series
- Maureen Grant – Stolen by Their Father
- Gloria Tong – Under the Holiday Spectacular
See the full list of nominees here.
2022 Alberta Film & Television (Rosie) Awards
The Alberta Media Production Industries Association has announced their finalists for the 48th Annual Alberta Film & Television (Rosie) Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta’s screen industries. The Rosie’s will be held in person this year on Saturday September 24, 2022. Check out CFC alumni who are up for awards:
Best Scripted Feature, Made-for-TV Movie, or Made-for-OTT or Specialty Cable Networks
- Before I Change My Mind: Alyson Richards (Producer)
Best Screenwriter (Scripted Over 30 minutes)
- Heartland “Bluebird” Rescued Horse Season 15: Mark Haroun (writer)
Best Animator/Motion Graphic Artist(s)
- Pastries: Carlo Ghioni (animator)
See the full list of finalists here.
Canadian Screen Music Awards
Nominees for the first-ever Canadian Screen Music Awards were announced, celebrating Canadian composers’ excellence in scoring original music for the screen. The awards will be presented on September 21, 2022 at the El Mocambo in Toronto. See below for a list of CFC alum who have been nominated.
Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature Film
- Deanna H. Choi – Last of the Right Whales
- Jonathan Kawchuk – Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography
- Todor Kobakov – A.rtificial I.mmortality
Best Original Main Title Theme Music (sponsored by Cinesamples)
- Lora Bidner – Ruby and the Well
Best Original Score for a Narrative Feature Film (Sponsored by Orchestral Tools)
- Spencer Creaghan – Motherly
Best Original Score for a Non-Fiction Series or Limited Series
- Todor Kobakov – The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith
Best Original Score for a Television Special
- Suad Bushnaq – The Nature of Things: Why We Dance
- Iva Delic, Todor Kobakov & Tika Simone – Faith Heist
- Antonio Naranjo – A Christmas Dance Reunion
See the full list of nominees here.
FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS
Toronto International Film Festival
CFC residents and alumni lead Canadian slate at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, accounting for 24 of the 31 Canadian features screening at this year’s film fest. Additionally, a number of CFC alumni have been selected to participate in the 2022 TIFF Talent Development programmes. See the full lineup of alumni talent making an appearance at #TIFF22 here.
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
I See You, directed by current film resident Amy Trefry, will premiere at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. I See You follows the journey of a small group of women and genderqueer artists through a facilitated five-day retreat as they use their art to explore and question their relationship with their bodies and their sexual health.
See the full list of films screening at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival here.
FOR YOUR WATCHLIST
- CTV original comedy Children Ruin Everything, from executive producer Mark Montefiore, returns for season 2 on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, beginning September 19.
- Hit media drama Transplant, created by Joseph Kay, is back for season 3, airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, beginning September 23.
- Learn to Swim, the debut feature by Thyrone Tommy is available on Netflix.
- Catch up on The Lake, featuring loads of alumni involvement as directors, writers, producers, editors and actors, on Amazon Prime
FOR YOUR PLAYLIST
- Award-winning composer/artist Jonathan Kawchuk releases the third song Everywhen from his new album Everywhen. Listen here.
- Scott Hardware releases his third album Ballad of a Tryhard. Available on iTunes and Spotify.
ALUMNI INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
- Array Releasing acquires Thyrone Tommy’s Learn to Swim
- Acclaimed Drama Transplant, created by Joseph Kay Returns for Season 3, Joining CTV Fall Schedule Beginning September 23.
- Visit Films has acquired world rights excluding Canada to the video store dramedy I Like Movies from alum Chandler Levack, which debuts as part of the Discovery program at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
- Season 2 of the CTV Original Comedy Children Ruin Everything from Executive Producer and alum Mark Montefiore Premieres Sept. 19.
- Read this Toronto Life profile on CFC alum Renuka Jayapalan
- TIFF announced 2022 Rising Stars, Filmmaker Lab, and other Talent Development programme participants.
- Alum selected for 2022 TIFF Filmmaker Lab: Zarrar Kahn, Araya Mengesha and D.W. Waterson
- Alum selected for 2022 TIFF Series Accelerator: Abdul Malik and Shant Joshi (Salt), as well as CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator participant Jess Landry
- Alum selected for 2022 TIFF Talent Accelerator: Alona Metzer and Teyama Alkamli
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