April Showers CFC Alumni with Awards, Festival Premieres + New Deals

Posted: Apr 30, 2021

This month, four CFC alumni walked away with WGC Screenwriting Awards, and nine alumni project were nominated for 2021 Rockie Awards in the International Program Competition, while CFC alumni films continue to screen at Hot Docs. What’s more – there are new shows and films featuring alumni talent to devour – like Nobody, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Parker Andersons and more. Read the latest alumni updates and successes below.



WGC Screenwriting Awards

Four CFC alumni took home prizes at this year’s WGC Screenwriting Awards:

  • Trickster, “Episode 105” I Story by Tony Elliott
  • Beans I Story by Tracey Deer, Screenplay by Tracey Deer and Meredith Vuchnich
  • Kate Hewlett

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Find the full list here.

Canadian Film Fest Awards

WGC Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize

Three CFC alumni are among the five 2021 nominees for the bi-annual Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize awarded for best unproduced longform script:

  • Magnificent, written by Travis McDonald
  • Sluggy and Bogie, written by Tommy Gushue
  • Struck, written by Lynne Kamm

Rockie Awards International Program Competition Nominees

The following alumni content has been nominated for the 2021 Rockie Awards International Program Competition:

  • Transplant, created by alum Joseph Kay, was nominated in the Drama Series: English Language category
  • Detention Adventure, produced by Lauren Corber’s LoCo Motion Pictures, was nominated in the Live Action: Youth category
  • I Was Lorena Bobbitt, directed by Danishka Esterhazy, was nominated in the TV Movie category
  • Odd Squad Mobile Unit, which sees Warren P. Sonoda as a director, was nominated in the Live Action: Children category
  • Hey Lady!, with episodes directed by alumnae Sarah Polley and Adriana Maggs, was nominated in the Short Fiction Program category
  • Baroness von Sketch Show, which saw lots of alumni involved as directors (Jordan Canning, Jeremy LaLonde, Vivieno Caldinelli) and editors (Jeremy LaLonde, Michael Pierro, Aren Hansen) over its five-season run, was nominated in the Comedy & Variety category
  • The Book of Distance, from creator Randall Okita, was nominated in the Interactive: Youth category
  • Toxic Beauty, produced by Peter Raymont’s White Pine Pictures, was nominated in the Science & Technology category
  • Highway to Heaven, produced by Shirley Vercruysse, was nominated in the Short Non-Fiction Program category

See the full list of nominations here. The winners will be announced in a livestreamed ceremony on YouTube on June 15.

Utah Film Festival Awards

  • The Norman Jewison Film Program resident Kent Donguines short Watershed home the award for Best Narrative Short at this year’s Utah Film Festival

Canadian Screen Award Nominations

SAG Awards

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Images from Subjects of Desire


Hot Docs

April 29 – May 9, 2021

  • Subjects of Desire (Special Presentations): directed/written/produced by Jennifer Holness, produced by Sudz Sutherland
  • Wuhan Wuhan (Special Presentations): directed by Yung Chang
  • A.rtificial I.mmortality (Opening Night film): music by Todor Kobakov
  • Until Further Notice (Canadian Spectrum Shorts: Bodies Release): edited by Xi Feng
  • The Hairdresser(Canadian Spectrum Shorts: Stories of Growth and Learning): edited by Pauline Decroix
  • The Gig Is Up (Canadian Spectrum): produced by Ina Fichman
  • Hell or Clean Water (Canadian Spectrum): edited by Justin Simms
  • Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy (Canadian Spectrum): written/directed/produced by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, produced by Lori Lozinski, edited by Hans Olson
  • My Tree (Canadian Spectrum): produced by Aeschylus Poulos, edited by Ben Lawrence
  • One of Ours (Canadian Spectrum): produced by Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, executive produced by Jennifer Kawaja
  • Someone Like Me (Canadian Spectrum): produced/executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse
  • International Dawn Chorus Day (Markers Shorts Program): written/directed/produced by John Greyson, produced by Shant Joshi
  • FANNY: The Right to Rock (Persister): executive produced by Ina Fichman
  • Body Politics (Special Events – Citizen Minutes): edited by Pauline Decroix
  • Blue Box (World Showcase): produced by Ina Fichman

Hot Docs Forum

Two alumni projects are among the 20 projects selected for this year’s Hot Docs Forum:

  • Swan Song, from producer Nicholas de Pencier
  • Wilfred Buck, from director/producer Lisa Jackson

Hot Docs Deal Maker

Four alumni projects are among the 36 participating in this year’s Hot Docs Deal Maker pitch program:

  • Bam Bam: The Story of Sister NancyProduction Company: Oya Media Group Inc. (Canada)
    Director: Alison Duke
    Producers: Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George
  • A Short History of Decay
    Producer: Aeschylus Poulos
  • Stolen TimeProducer: Ina Fichman
  • Theft of FireProducer: Ina Fichman

See the full list of projects here.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival
May 6-16, 2021

Three people standing outside in front of balloons

Rutherford Falls; credit: Colleen Hayes/Peacock


  • Check out Rutherford Falls, a new comedy about two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads – quite literally – when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call, edited by Christine Armstrong; watch on Showcase and STACKTV
  • Watch action thriller Nobody, featuring Actors Conservatory alumni Araya Mengesha and Humberly González, on demand now
  • You can also catch Humberly in Jupiter’s Legacy, which drops on Netflix on May 7
  • CFC short film Lola’s Wake, from writer/director Tricia Hagoriles, producer Erin Byrnes, edited by Rick Bartram, with music by Kat Burns, is one of eight projects participating in the 12th annual WIFT Toronto Showcase, which will take place virtually on May 4, 2021
  • Catch up on new episodes of related sitcoms The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker, which follow the lives of a blended interracial family, on Mondays on Super Channel’s Heart & Home channel (at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET, respectively); Ian Steaman and Murry Peeters are writers on the series
  • Read: An article from NOW Magazine about the series and creatives behind it: How an all-BIPOC Canadian team made a TV show for a Mormon network in the U.S. from NOW Magazine
  • No Ordinary Man, from co-director/writer Aisling Chin-Yee, is available in Canada on all VOD and digital platforms
  • Sugar Daddy, produced by alumnae Lauren Grant and Lori Lozinski, and edited by Christine Armstrong, is now available on VOD
  • Watch The Communist’s Daughter, a web series set in 1989 about the daughter of two happily married Communists who struggles between fitting in at high school and upholding her family’s idealistic beliefs, on CBC Gem – lots of CFC alumni are involved: Clara Altimas, Kaveh Mohebbi and Waneta Storms as writers; Lauren Corber as executive producer; and Chris Mutton as editor


Listen to the following songs from alum of the Slaight Family Music Lab:
  • Onyx, a new album from FJØRA (current Slaight Family Music Lab resident Alexandra Petkovski) is out now
  • Soft, a new album from Kat Burns, is out now
  • “Wild Again” by Ava;find it onSpotify, Apple Music and YouTube
  • “Don’t Be Afraid” by TiKA; the theme Song for 21 Black Futures on CBC/CBC Gem, on Spotify
  • “Human Heart” by TiKA on bandcamp
  • “Chasing the Fall (Acoustic)” by The Darcys on Spotify

Two women, with dirt on their hands and faces, holding axes

Actors Conservatory alumna Sarah Allen (left) stars in upcoming horror film ‘The Retreat’


Alumni! Do you have news to share? Want to update your alumni profile? Get in touch anytime at alumni@cfccreates.com

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