CFC alumni and residents are continually making waves in the Canadian and international screen-based entertainment industries – from awards to festivals, industry recognition, “it lists” and more. Here’s the latest round of updates and success stories for CFC residents and alumni from late summer through early autumn.
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) Awards
Multiple CFC alumni have been nominated for DGC Awards in both film and television categories. Read the full list of CFC alumni nominated, and stay tuned to see who wins on October 20.
The 2018 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Emerging Audio-Visual Composers
Two CFC Slaight Family Music Lab alumni were winners in this recent announcement: Spencer Creaghanwon first place for Best Original Score (The Ballad) and second place for Best Original Score-Non Fiction (Sonoris); and Lora Bidner won second place for Best Original Theme (Beauty within the Nothing).
The International Emmy Nominations from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
CBC Digital’s How to Buy a Baby was nominated for an International Emmy, in Best Short-form Series. The web series features the talents of multiple CFC alumni, including Slaight Family Music Lab alumna Aimee Bessada, and Cineplex Entertainment Film Program alumni Lauren Corber (also a CFC mentor), Matt Code, Molly McGlynn and Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux.
The Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film
The Sixth Annual Birks Diamond Tribute applauds the best female film talent in Canada on both sides of the camera. This year, CFC Tribeca All-Access alumna Stella Meghie was one of the honoured six women in the emerging talent category, which recognizes the Canadian filmmakers making a splash early in their careers – certainly true given Meghie’s recent festival hit, The Weekend, as well as her debut at the 2016 festival with Jean of the Joneses. Read more about Meghie and the Tribute, held on September 10, here.
The Hollywood Reporter’s “Rising Stars”
CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Emily Coutts and Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab alumna Sherren Lee made The Hollywood Reporter’s “Rising Stars” list this year; read more about both women here.
Playback’s 2018 5 to Watch
Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab resident Karen Chapman was named one of Playback’s 2018 5 to Watch. Read more about her work here. The award-winning documentary filmmaker had also been named to Telefilm’s revamped 2018 Talent to Watch program and is currently developing The Village Keeper, her first narrative project, which was nominated for the Talent to Watch program by Caribbeantales. Read the Playback profile of Chapman.
2018 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
At the recent Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which ran from September 6 to 16, CFC alumni and residents presented a bevy of projects and garnered two significant wins, both speaking to the value of our Cineplex Entertainment Film Program:
- First, 2018 Producers’ Lab resident Evren Boisjoli worked on the short film, Fauve, which won an honourable mention in the IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film “for its confident visual storytelling and moving performances from the child actors.” The film also won Best Overall Short at the Calgary International Film Festival.
- Second, this year’s Pitch This! winners were CFC Cineplex Entertainment Film Program alumni Gharrett Paon (Producers’ Lab) and Bretten Hannam (Writers’ Lab) for Wildwood. This two-spirit coming-of-age drama, initially developed in the Producers’ Lab, tells the story of a rebellious Mi’kmaw teenager who runs away from home to find his birth mother – and reclaim his heritage. Congrats to all of the finalists, and we’re proud that four of the six finalist teams were helmed by CFC alumni this year!