Alumni Roundup: January 2023

Posted: Feb 2, 2023

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Here’s the latest news and updates from CFC residents and alumni this January.


Critics’ Choice Awards 2023

  • Sarah Polley takes home the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Women Talking.
    See the full list of winners here. 


  • outACTRAto, the queer committee of ACTRA Toronto, announced Plant Daddy as the winner of the fourth Queer Your Stories Short Film Competition. Plant Daddy is a short film by Izad Etemadi, co-produced by and starring Katherine Fogler. Read more here.

45th Mill Valley Film Festival

  • Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls,fromBrendan Whelton (producer), Lauren Grant (executive producer), TiKA (original music) and Rick Bartram (editor), won the Audience Choice – Family Film award at the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival.

LA Femme Film Festival

95th Academy Awards
We are thrilled to see two nominations for CFC alum Sarah Polley and a nomination for Ina Fichman for this year’s Oscars.See below for details and be sure to tune in when the ceremony goes live on ABC.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay, Women Talking: Sarah Polley.
  • Best Picture, Women Talking: Sarah Polley.
  • Best Documentary Feature, Fire of Love: Ina Fichman

See the full list of Oscars 2023 nominations here.

54th NAACP Image Awards

  • The 54th NAACP Image Awards are set to honor outstanding representations and achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, music, and literature during the 2022 calendar year. The ceremony will air live on February 25, 2023, on BET.  
  • Alumni film Learn to Swim is nominated for Outstanding International Motion Picture. Learn to Swim features a ton of alumni involvement, including: Thyrone Tommy (director/writer), Marni Van Dyk (writer), Thomas Antony Olajide (actor), Alona Metzer (producer), Lindsay Blair Goeldner and Mark Andrew Sirju (associate producers), Matt Code (executive producer), Baun Mah and Shaun Rykiss (editors), and original songs by TiKA and Casey MQ. See the full list of nominations here.

SAG Awards 2023

Actors Conservatory alumna Michelle McLeod is among the ensemble cast of Women Talking nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. See the full list of nominees here.

TFCA Rogers Best Canadian Film Award

  • Clement Virgo’s Brother is among the three finalists for the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, alongside David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, and Riceboy Sleeps, directed by Anthony Shim. More info here.

2023 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards (VFCC)
The Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards returns this February 13 at the VIFF Centre for the 2023 VFCC Awards ceremony. See below for the list of alumni who have been nominated for this year’s awards.

  • Until Branches Bend: The film starring Grace Glowicki is nominated for six awards, including Best BC Film, Best BC Director, Best Female Actor for Grace Glowicki, Best Supporting Female Actor, and individual One to Watch nods for director Sophie Jarvis and alum Grace Glowicki.
  • Brother: Written, produced and directed by Clement Virgo, Brother is nominated in five categories, including Best Director and screenplay for Clement Virgo; Best Male Actor, Best Supporting Male Actor, and Best Supporting Female Actor.
  • I Like Movies: Directed by Chandler Levack and produced by Lindsay Blair Goeldner, I Like Movies scores four nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay for Chandler Levack, Best Male Actor, and Best Supporting Male Actor.
  • Women Talking: The Oscar nominated film lands two nominations, including Best Director for Sarah Polley and Best Supporting Female Actor. 

See the full list of nominations here.


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