Alumni Spring into May with CSA Wins, LEO Noms and Tons of New Content for Audiences

Posted: Jun 1, 2020

Spring has certainly sprung for CFC alumni, who have been busy receiving nominations and awards, joining boards, taking on new roles, and of course – creating. See below for recent industry updates from our alumni, as well as a list of alumni films, TV series and music to watch and listen to in June.

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2020 Canadian Screen Awards

We’re proud to share that 19 CFC alumni won 2020 Canadian Screen Awards – a testament to the skill and talent of our alumni working across film, TV and digital in multiple genres. See the full list of alumni winners here.

LEO Awards

The following CFC alumni have been nominated for 2020 LEO Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the British Columbia film and TV industry:

  • Best Motion Picture
    • Ash Amber Ripley, producer
    • Come to DaddyDaniel Bekerman, producer
  • Best Television Movie
    • Indian Road TripAndrew Currie, producer
  • Best Production Design – Short Drama
    • Liz CairnsThe Seahorse Trainer
  • Best Screenwriting – Dramatic Series
    • Sarah Dodd Fortunate Son, “Ruby Tuesday”
  • Documentary Series
    • Greg NgPunk, “Episode One”
  • Best Short Drama
    • She Came in Through… – Sara Anne Mitchell, producer
  • Best Screenwriting – Short Drama
    • Sara Anne MitchellShe Came in Through…

Hot Docs 2020 Festival Awards

  • Stateless, produced by Jennifer Holness and Lea Marin; executive produced by Anita Lee and Sudz Sutherland; with music by Ben Fox, won the Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
  • The Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize was awarded to Ojiibikaan, which counts alumna Lauren Grant’s Clique Pictures among its producers

Cayle Chernin Awards

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  • Easy Land, the debut feature from Sanja Zivkovic (writer/director) is available digitally on Apple TV starting May 15; it features additional alumni in key creative roles: Julie Strifler (producer), Matt Code (executive producer), Chris Mutton (editor), with music by Casey MQ. Read the review in The Globe and Mail
  • The chilling new post-apocalyptic drama, Snowpiercer, from showrunner Graeme Manson, is available on Netflix; keep your eyes peeled throughout the season for CBC Actors Conservatory alumnus Matt Murray
  • Yung Chang’s documentary This is Not a Movie is now available to stream on the Documentary Online Cinema website
  • Castle in the Ground, produced by Luke Black and William Woods, associate produced by Jennifer Mesich, edited by Jorge Weisz, is now available on demand; read this review from The Globe and Mail
  • Canadian rom-com Red Rover, starring Cara Gee and Kristian Bruun and scored by current Slaight Music Resident Anthony Wallace, is available on digital and demand
  • Season 1 of Avocado Toast, story edited by Annie Briggs, with music by Neil Haverty and Chris Reineck, is available to stream on OUTtvGo
  • Ann Marie Fleming is among the filmmakers participating in Greetings from Isolation, a capsule collection of short Canadian isolation movies; watch them here
  • The psychological drama Eadweard, inspired by the photographer Eadweard Muybridge and co-written/directed by Kyle Rideout and co-written/produced by Josh Epstein, is now available to watch on CBC Gem
  • New episodes of The Bold Type, starring Actors Conservatory alumnus Dan Jeannotte, return on ABC Spark on Thursday, June 11 at 10 p.m. ET
  • Check out the new Netflix series #blackAF, which features editing by Editors’ Lab alumna Christine Armstrong
  • The series finale of the homegrown hit Cardinal aired on Monday, May 11. Several CFC alumni were involved in the series over the seasons. Catch up on episodes on CTV/
  • Giant Little Ones, written/directed by Keith Behrman, executive produced by Daniel Bekerman and co-produced by Lauren Grant is available to watch on Crave
  • The Weekend, written/directed by Stella Meghie, is now available to watch on Netflix Canada
  • Cursed Films, a five-part documentary series exploring the myths and legends behind Hollywood’s notoriously cursed horror-film productions, executive produced by Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith and Laura Perlmutter, is available to stream on Shudder
  • Darkside, a short film written/co-directed by and starring Erin Carter, produced by Carter and Brendan Brady, with music by Ben Fox and Michael Peter Olsen, is live on HighballTV
  • Netflix Original Series The Order, created by Dennis Heaton, with additional involvement from alumni Shelley Eriksen, Rachel Langer, Jason Filiatrault, and starring Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, returns on June 18

ICYMI – Catch up on these hit alumni films, now available on digital and demand:

  • Blood Quantum, from writer/director Jeff Barnaby, produced by John Christou, starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs
  • Tammy’s Always Dying, from director Amy Jo Johnson, producer Jessica Adams, writer Joanne Sarazen, editor Bryan Atkinson and composer Casey MQ
  • She Never Died, directed by Audrey Cummings
  • Canadian Strain, from writer/director Geordie Sabbagh
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, from alumnae co-writers and co-directors Kathleen Hepburn and ElleMáijá Tailfeathers and produced by Lori Lozinski – recent Canadian Screen Award winner for Original Screenplay and Achievement in Direction!
  • James vs His Future Self,co-written/directed by Jeremy LaLonde and produced by Jordan Walker


  • CFC is on Spotify! We’ve curated a selection of playlists featuring hit songs and scores from alumni of our Slaight Music Residency. Start listening here: Volume I, Volume 2, Epic Scores Volume 1
  • Slaight Music alumnus Armen Bazarian released a music video for his single “Sight Lines”
  • Reel Inspiration: The Podcast episode five features Vincenzo Natali, listen or watch
  • Adaline recently released a new album entitled Dear Illusion,



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