May was a magical month for CFC alumni, who took home numerous awards, including 35 wins at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. Additionally, many alumni have been announced as nominees for various awards, and will be taking part in festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival, Breakthroughs Film Festival, BANFF World Media Festival, and more. See below for the latest scoop on alumni news and updates.
Filmmaker Lisa Jackson received the BMO-DOC Vanguard Award from the DOC Institute. The award honours a mid-career filmmaker nominated by their peers for advancing the documentary craft and elevating the next generation of filmmakers. Watch her powerful and heartfelt acceptance speech, where she also pays homage to the Indigenous film community, here.
DOXA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The DOXA Documentary Film Festival screened the documentary, Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathyby alum Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ The documentary introduces viewers to members of the Kainai First nations and walks them through the devastating opioid crisis faced by its people. The gripping film won Elle-Máijá Best Canadian Director and Best Feature Documentary at the DOXA Festival. Read more here.
DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
Slaight Music alum Virginia Kilbertus is nominated for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Daytime Program for Endlings on Hulu.
2021 GOLDEN SHEAF AWARD WINNERS
Kathleen Shannon Award: Kalinga (Care), from current The Norman Jewison Film resident Kent Donguines
Animation: 4 North A, co-directed by Jordan Canning
Documentary Science/Nature/Technology: Reef Rescue, directed by Su Rynard
Scripted: Promise Me, directed by Alison Duke
Director – Fiction: Promise Me, directed by Alison Duke
Three CFC alumni are among the five 2021 nominees for the bi-annual Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize awarded for best-unproduced long-form 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 live-streamed ceremony on YouTube on June 15.
LEO AWARDS NOMINEES
Several CFC alumni have been nominated for this year’s Leo Awards, celebrating excellence in British Columbia film and TV:
Monkey Beach, produced by Jason James is nominated for Best Motion Picture
Greg Ng is nominated for Best Picture Editing – Motion Picture for Sniper: Assassin’s End,
David Brisbin is nominated for Best Production Design Motion Picture for A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting
David Weaver is nominated for Best Direction Television Movie for Sleeping with Danger
Amy Belling is nominated for Best Cinematography Television Movie for Five Star Christmas
The Order, from creator Dennis Heaton is nominated for Best Dramatic Series
Warrior Nun, from executive producer Stephen Hegyes is nominated for Best Dramatic Series
Rachel Langer is nominated for Best Screenwriting Dramatic Series for Transplant, “Your Secrets Can Kill You”(season 1, episode 3)
The Magnitude of All Things, produced by Shirley Vercruysse is nominated for Best Feature-Length Documentary
Martha, produced by alum Shirley Vercruysse, is nominated for Best Short Documentary
On Falling, directed by Josephine Anderson is nominated for Best Short Documentary,
Josephine Anderson is nominated for Best Direction Short Documentary and Best Picture Editing Short Documentary for On Falling
Sonja Bennett is nominated for Best Screenwriting, Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for Letterkenny – Scorched Earth
Ann Marie Fleming is nominated for Best Direction Animation Program for Old Dog
Dorg Van Dango, produced by Kirsten Newlands, is nominated for Best Animation Series
Alumni project See For Me is set to make its world premiere as a part of the new Tribeca Online Premieres section. See For Me follows a blind former skier who faces three thieves while cat-sitting in a secluded mansion, and her only defence is an army veteran who helps defend her against the invaders through a phone app. CFC alumni involved in this feature include Randall Okita (director), Tommy Gushue (co-writer), Matt Code (producer), featuring actors Emily Piggford and Matthew Gouveia, with music by Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos.
BANFF World Media Festival JUNE 16 – JULY 16, 2021
The following CFC alumni have been named 2021 participants of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative:
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
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
FOR YOUR PLAYLIST
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
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