Spring 2019 Alumni Successes

Posted: Jun 6, 2019

Not only are plenty of green things growing and apple blossoms blooming at the Canadian Film Centre – our alumni have also been busy across Canada winning awards, developing projects and sharing insights coast to coast and internationally, as this hit parade reveals.


Congratulations to our alumni who won awards this spring, including:

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Festival Watch

Television & Web Series

Our alumni have been active on and behind the small(er) screens, ranging from wrapping up to gearing up on these projects:

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Several alumni-produced and directed favourites on the fall 2018 film festival circuit – The Grizzlies (which was also CFC’s National Canadian Film Day screening), Giant Little Ones, and more recently, Sorry for Your Loss – have been enjoying runs of engagement on Canadian screens this spring, and below are a mix of new or upcoming alumni-produced films that have come out or soon will.

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  • Mouthpiece (left), by producer alumni Brendan Brady and Jennifer Shin, opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox cinemas in Toronto on June 7 (image courtesy of TIFF).
  • TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten hit Firecrackers, which Simone Smith edited, and Matt Code and Paul Barkin executive produced, will be in theatres and on demand as of July 12. And its composer, Casey MQ, also scored a rave review in Now Magazine after his live show in Toronto during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
  • Production has wrapped on director Robert Cuffley’s new horror film, Bright Hill Road.
  • Producer William Woods launched a $2.5M fund for mid-budget films (subscription).
Writer-director Jeffrey St. Jules’ new thriller, Cinema of Sleep, started production and includes actor Getenesh Berhe in its cast.
  • Director Rob Grant and Producer Michael Peterson’s horror film about teens on a boat, Harpoon, was picked up by Epic Pictures at the Cannes Film Festival and profiled by Nerdist.
  • Two of our producer alumni, Scythia Films’ Daniel Bekerman and Clique Pictures’ Lauren Grant, have teamed up with Santa Carla Films and distributor LevelFILM to produce the upcoming thriller, Coming Soon, as Playback (subscription) reports.

Talks, Profiles, Workshops

  • Is all this good news making you want to get cracking on new projects? If so, then sign up for Jeremy LaLonde’s two-day film intensive on July 20 and 21 in Toronto, Kickstart Your Project and Your Career.
  • The WGC is hosting a talk with Mary Kills People showrunners Marsha Greene and Tassie Cameron on June 26 in Toronto; the event is free but requires advance registration.
  • Heading to Banff World Media Festival in June? Don’t miss the Showrunner Super Panel on June 11, featuring a plethora of fantastic talent that includes Shernold Edwards, Sheri Elwood, Marsha Greene and Tassie Cameron.
  • Check out this winsome profile of writer Julia Rowland in The Toronto Guardian.
  • Brenda Terning shared insights on editing The Nature of Things series with the CCE Editors podcast.
  • Charles Officer discussed his new documentary feature, Invisible Essence: The Little Prince in this podcast on Rabble.
  • Congrats to Reza Dahya, who hosted a public table read of his new feature film, Boxcutter, on May 14 in Toronto – and with a cast entirely composed of CBC Actors Conservatory alumni!

Alumni – do you have good news to share? Send it to us at alumni@cfccreates.com!

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