April Showers Alumni with Awards, Festival Screenings and #CanFilmDay Celebrations

Posted: Apr 1, 2022


This past month, the alumni film Beans, by Tracey Deer (writer-director), Meredith Vuchnich (writer) and Anne-Marie Gélinas (producer) was announced as the winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2021 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. Moreover, we were thrilled to learn that thirteen CFC alumni are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) Screenwriting Awards. In April, we’re looking forward to celebrating National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) with loads of alumni content included in this year’s “Celebrating Indigenous Voices” programme.

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


Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
March 8, 2022

Beans the 25th feature to be developed and financed for production with the support of CFC Features, was named this year’s recipient of the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. . Alumni involvement on the film includes Tracey Deer (writer-director), Meredith Vuchnich (writer), and Anne-Marie Gélinas (producer).

Read more here.

2022 WGC Screenwriting Awards Nominees
April 25, 2022

Thirteen alum have been nominated for this year’s WGC Screenwriting Awards, which will recognize and honour Canadian screenwriters and their scripts at a virtual ceremony on April 25, 2022. See the full list of alumni nominees here.

2022 TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award

Congratulations to alum Boris Rodriguez, who won the 2022 TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award. As part of the Award, he will receive a $15,000 grant, along with support from a script consultant and complimentary access to the 2022 TIFF & TIFF Industry Conference.

Read more here.

Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards
March 9, 2022

All My Puny Sorrows, produced by Tyler Levine, was named Best Picture in the Canadian Film Category by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Read more here.



National Canadian Film Day
April 20, 2022

National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) takes place coast-to-coast-to-coast on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. This year’s programming Spotlight, “Celebrating Indigenous Voices,” focuses on Indigenous-made cinema, including a number of films by CFC alumni:

  • Blood Quantum: Jeff Barnaby (writer/director), Devery Jacobs (actor) and John Christou (producer)
  • Empire of Dirt: Peter Stebbings (director), Shannon Masters (writer), Jean Yoon (cast), Jennifer Podemski (producer/cast), Heather K Dahlstrom (co-producer), Kate Corbett (cast) and Jorge Weisz (editor); supported through CFC’s Tribeca All Access Program
  • Beans: Tracey Deer (director/co-writer), Meredith Vuchnich (co-writer) and Anne-Marie Gélinas (producer)
  • The Body remembers When the World Broke Open: Kathleen HepburnandElle-Máijá Tailfeathers (co-writers/co-directors) and Lori Lozinski (producer)
  • The Grizzlies: Miranda de Pencier (director/producer), Damon D’Oliveira (producer), Katie Bird Nolan (associate producer and Fifth Wave participant).
  • Night Raiders: Danis Goulet(director), Jorge Weisz (editor) and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (actor)
  • Rhymes for Young Ghouls: Jeff Barnaby (writer/director), Devery Jacobs (actor), Aisling-Chin-Yee and John Christou (producers); supported through CFC Features
  • Run Woman Run: Zoe Hopkins (writer/editor/executive producer, and CFC/Netflix Calling Card Accelerator participant), Paula Devonshire (co-producer), Orlee Buium (editor) and Anthony Wallace (music by); supported through the CFC/Netflix Calling Card Accelerator
  • Wildhood: Bretten Hannam (writer/director), Gharret Poan (producer), Shaun Rykiss (editor), Damon D’Oliveira (executive producer), Neil Haverty (composer) and Joel Thomas Hynes (actor).

Learn more about the 2022 Spotlight Films here.

Hot Docs
April 28 – May 8, 2022

The 2022 Hot Docs Festival announced its full lineup which includes an assortment of alumni films. The festival will take place in-person in Toronto and stream online to audiences across Canada on Hot Docs at Home from April 28 to May 8. See alumni screenings below:

Opening Night Film
  • Into the Weeds: Nicholas de Pencier (producer, executive producer, cinematography)

Canadian Spectrum Shorts: Artistic Journeys

  • Bill Reid Remembers: John Christou (producer)
  • Dad Can Dance: Casey MQ (music by)
  • Calling the Shots (1988): Holly Dale (co-director, co-writer, co-producer, co-editor)
  • Hookers on Davie (1984): Holly Dale (co-director, co-writer, co-producer, co-editor)
  • P4W: Prison for Women (1981): Holly Dale (co-director, co-writer, co-producer, co-editor)
  • Category: Woman: Tiffany Beaudin (editor)
Special Presentations
  • Framing Agnes: Chase Joynt (CFC/Netflix Marketplace Accelerator participant) and Shant Joshi (producer)
  • The Talented Mr. Rosenberg: Tiffany Beaudin (editor)
Hidden Stories
  • Handle with Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux (co-director, editor)
  • Unloved: Huronia’s Forgotten Children: Peter Raymont (executive producer), Michelle Osis (composer)
  • This House: Xi Feng (editor)
Deep Dive
  • The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith: Todor Kobakov (composer)

See the full list of films screening at Hot Docs here.

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The Porter


  • Stream new episodes of The Porter Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC gem. The Black-led series features involved by alumni Charles Officer (director), Marsha Greene (writer/showrunner), Priscilla White (writer, consulting producer), Sabryn Rock (cast), Jennifer Kawaja (executive producer), Dev Singh (editor) and original music by Slaight Music resident Kaia Kater. Stream it now on CBC gem.
  • BLK: An Origin Story: The four-part doc series exploring the Untold Stories of Black Canadians from the 1600s to the present is created by Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland (Hungry Eyes Media Inc.). Available to stream on Global TV App and STACK TV.
  • Revenge Of The Black Best Friend starring Motion Live is now available to stream on CBC gem.
  • Catch new episodes of Pretty Hard Cases Season 2, a series created by alums Tassie Cameron and Sherry White, on Wednesdays at 9/9:30NT on CBC.


  • Scott Hardware releases his third album Ballad of a Tryhard. Available on iTunes and Spotify.
  • Stream Kaia Kater’s new single Parallels here.
  • Ava Kay’s latest single Go is available to stream on iTunes and Spotify. The Slaight Music alum released the official music video for Go, which was directed and written by Reem Morsi. Watch it here.
  • Listen to TiKA’s debut album Anywhere But Here on Spotify.

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