Alumni wrap up July with an impressive list of wins at the 2022 LEO Awards, including Best Dramatic Series for Family Law, produced by Erin Haskett, and Best Documentary Series for British Columbia: An Untold History, produced by Trish Dolman – to name a few! Plus, we’re dishing out on all the latest alumni updates, announcements, festival appearances and more. Read on to discover how CFC alum continue to make noise this summer and be sure to add our list of bingeworthy content to your watchlist.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
2022 Leo Awards
- Best Dramatic Series: Family Law: Erin Haskett, Producer
- Best Screenwriting Dramatic Series: Sonja Bennett – Family Law, “Mama Don’t Preach”
- Best Documentary Series: British Columbia: An Untold History – Trish Dolman, producer
- Best Direction Documentary Series: Kevin Eastwood – British Columbia: An Untold History, “Migration Resilience”
- Best Screenwriting Documentary Series: Kevin Eastwood – British Columbia: An Untold History, “Migration Resilience”
- Best Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series: Strays – Clara Altimas, producer
- Best Short Documentary: Fatima in Kabul – Brishkay Ahmed, producer (current Norman Jewison Film Program resident)
- Best Picture Editing Short Documentary: Fatima in Kabul – Brishkay Ahmed
See the full list of winners here.
Before I Change My Mind
FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS
Locarno Film Festival
August 3-13, 2022
Before I Change My Mind, produced by Alyson Richards will make its world premiere at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland this August. The film is set in 1987 follows a kid named Robin who forges a complicated bond with the school bully, making increasingly dangerous choices to fit in. At Sundance 2020, the script to Before I Change My Mind was named to The GLAAD List: a curated list of the ten most promising LGBTQ+ inclusive screenplays in Hollywood.
See the full list of films screening at Locarno Film Festival here.
FOR YOUR WATCHLIST
- The Lake: Justin returns from living abroad after a breakup with his long-term partner, in the hope of reconnecting with the biological daughter that he gave up for adoption in his teens. Produced by Julian Doucet, Andrew DeAngelis and Lisa Codrington, who is also a writer on the series. Stream now on Prime Video.
- The Hardy Boys Season 2 is available to stream on YTV/STACKTV (Canada) and Hulu (US). Heather Taylor was a story editor this season and co-wrote episodes 2 and 8.
- Revenge of the Black Best Friend is now streaming on CBC gem. The comedic series stars Izad Etemadi, Ashton James, Araya Mengesha and Cara Ricketts. Plus, two episodes are directed by Thyrone Tommy and written by Motion.
- Shorsey: CFC alum Mark Montefiore (New Metric Media) is an executive producer on the six-episode, half-hour hockey comedy series Shoresy which begins streaming Friday, May 13 on Crave.
FOR YOUR PLAYLIST
- Award-winning composer/artist Jonathan Kawchuk releases the third song Everywhen from his new album Everywhen. Listen here.
Devery Jacobs in Reservation Dogs
ALUMNI INDUSTRY NEWS & UPDATES
- Amazon’s Prime Video renews The Lake for season two. The Canadian original comedy is produced by Julian Doucet, Andrew DeAngelis and Lisa Codrington, who is also a writer on the series.
- Reservation Dogs Star Devery Jacobs Signs with CAA.
- The latest Canadians inducted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences includes alum Damon D’Oliveira and Christina Piovesan.
- Clement Virgo’s Brother to world premiere at TIFF.
- Lily Singh Strikes Blink49 Studios & Bell Media Pact; Tthe Project will be spearheaded by alum and executive producer Virginia Rankin.
- Shant Joshi’s Fae Pictures set to film Queen Tut, the queer immigration tale, directed by Egyptian-Canadian and fellow alum Reem Morsi. Additional alum involvement includes writers Kaveh Mihebbi and Abdul Malik (current resident) and producers Lindsay Blair Goeldner and Aeschylus Poulos.
- Warner Bros. Discovery Access names 2022 directors and writers participants. The inaugural cohort of the Warner Bros. Discovery Access x Canadian Academy Directors Program has been named alongside the sophomore class for the writers program. The 2022 programs began in June and will run into the fall, with participants of both programs to receive $60,000 each. Directors program participants include CFC alum Randall Okita, Cazhhmere, Reem Morsi and CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator participant Boris Rodriguez.
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