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:
Director and actor Shelley Thompson was awarded the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Female Role in the film, Splinters, at the Screen Nova Scotia 2019 Awards on May 3.
Our alumni have been active on and behind the small(er) screens, ranging from wrapping up to gearing up on these projects:
The Toronto Star profiled actor-writer-director Supinder Wraich and her new series, The 410, a new web drama series that also features director alumna Renuka Jeyapalan directing and Jade Hassouné acting; TV, Eh? also did a great interview with Wraich on the series here.
Fresh off her successes with her award-winning web series How to Buy a Baby being renewed for its second season, producer Lauren Corber and her production company, LoCo Motion Pictures, is the talent behind a pair of firsts: the company’s first kids property, Detention Adventure (subscription), and CBC’s first original kids scripted series to debut on Gem. While you’re watching, listen to the music alumni Antonio Naranjo and Erica Procunier contributed.
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.
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.
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.