June Heats Up With New Alumni Projects & Ventures

Posted: Jun 30, 2021

Alumni continue to shine with a long list of new projects and announcements this June. This month, we saw CFC creators take home awards, premiere films at festivals, and launch exciting new ventures. Plus, we have a collection of films and TV series to add to your watchlist this summer. Read on for the latest updates on CFC alumni.

I Am Syd Stone



  • Alum Pauline Decroix wins for Best Editing in a Short Film for You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow
  • Shaun Rykiss wins Best Editing in Web Series / Digital Content for I Am Syd Stone, Ep. 101 Pilot

See the full list of winners here



June 10 – 13

  • Liminal: Ali Mashayekhi (producer) Dan Abramovici (producer, writer, and director) Mike Reisaccher (editor)

See the full list and schedule details here.

Akilla’s Escape


  • Catch alum Gia Sandhu as Ms. Perumal in the new Disney+ series The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Akilla’s Escape directed by alum Charles Officer and written by Motion is now available in selected theatres and VOD/Digital. Additionally, you can catch the flick on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Disney Pixar’s Luca, featuring alum Giacomo Gianniotti, is now available to stream on Disney Plus
  • Querencia The Web Series by CFC Film resident Mary Galloway is now available to stream on APTN lumi
  • One Night in Miami, the feature directorial debut from Regina King that stars Actors Conservatory alumnus Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, is available to watch on Prime Video
  • Beans, from Tracey Beans (director/co-writer), MeredithvVuchnich (co-writer) and Anne-Marie Gélinas (producer) and supported by CFC Features, hits theatres across Quebec on July 2
  • 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; Ian Steaman and Murry Peeters are writers on the series


  • Heather Taylor’s podcastANOMALY was an official selection of the 2021 Tribeca Film Fest, the first major festival to feature podcasts in its programming. Listen here
  • “Anywere but Here” by TiKA; find it on Spotify, YouTube, and Deezer
  • 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 on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube

Murdoch Mysteries


  • Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy is the June cover star of The Zoe Report. The actress opens up about her career, mental health, and more.
  • Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE) appoint alum Xi Feng as Interim Events & Education Chair of CCE.
  • The CMPA is a steadfast partner and supporter of the CFC. Learn more about the CMPA and their support of The Norman Jewison Film Program in this month’s supporter spotlight.
  • Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell to star in ‘Code 8’ Sequel, written by CFC alum Sherren Lee and Jesse LaVercombe.
  • FX Announces American Horror Story, Impeachment, Reservation Dogs premiere dates; these series feature alum Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs.
  • Telefilm Canada supports the creation of 22 English-and-French-language feature-length documentaries. Red Stars, directed by Yung Chang and Wilfred Buck, directed and written by Lisa Jackson are among those selected.
  • Actor and alum Gia Sandhu stars as Ms. Perumal in the series The Mysterious Benedict Society. Read this interview with Gia where she chats about stronger roles for Indian actors, the timing of the series and why everyone should work with children.
  • The National Film Board of Canada greenlights 12 documentaries and interactive projects for production, including feature-length film Baby Boy Cousins by director and alum Adrian Willis, as well as the short film A Motorcycle Saved My Life, by director and alum Lori Lozinski.
  • Cameras roll on season two of Pretty Hard Cases. The series, co-created by alumni Tassie Cameron and Sherry White has invited director and alum John Fawcett to join.
  • Michelle Good’s novel Five Little Indians, about the enduring ordeal faced by five survivors of Canada’s deadly residential schools system, is being adapted into a limited series by director David Cronenberg and producer Martin Katz, with alum Shannon Masters, linked as writer and showrunner
  • Award-winning filmmaker and CFC alum Tracey Deer discusses Beans, inspired by her own coming-of-age during the Oka Crisis in Quebec during the summer of 1990, on The Agenda with Steve Paikin
  • The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) greenlights 12 doc and interactive projects for production including alumni features Baby Boy Cousins, directed by Adrian Willis, and A Motorcycle Saved My Life by director Lori Lozinski
  • Christina Piovesan is set to produce Brandon Cronenberg’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Infinity Pool, starring Alexander Skarsgård
  • Alum Danis Goulet to helm new Netflix thriller feature Ivy; the Toronto-shot project is produced by alum Daniel Bekerman
  • CBC set its fall schedule, which includes the following original series featuring CFC alumni involvement:
  • Son of a Critch, produced by Andrew Barnsley
  • The Portershowrunner/executive producer Marsha Green and director/executive producer Charles Officer
  • Returning series with alum involvement include: Murdoch Mysteries, Diggstown, Coroner, Pretty Hard Cases, Detention Adventure, The Great Canadian Baking Showand Topline from alum Romeo Candido


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