Canadian Film and Television Producers announce Indie Award Winners

From a media release:

Away from Her, Saving Luna, Designer Guys, Durham County, and others pick up top awards

Canada’s Oscar darling is also an “Indie” darling. Away from Her picked up an Indie Award for Best Feature Film at the first annual Indie Awards from the Canadian Film and Television Producers, Association.

The first annual celebration of Canadian independent producers in film, television, and new media recognized outstanding Canadian producer achievement in ten categories of the film, television and new media industry.

In a special ceremony in Ottawa in front of more than 600 industry
leaders and guests, the following winners were announced:

  • Best Children’s and Youth Programme or Series, Generation XXL, by 2151 Film & Television
  • Best Comedy Programme or Series, Moose TV, Rezolution Pictures
  • Best Convergent New Media,, by Smiley Guy Studios
  • Best Documentary Programme or Series, Saving Luna, by Mountainside Films Ltd.
  • Best Feature Film, Away From Her, Pulling Focus Pictures/Foundry Film
  • Best Lifestyle or Reality Programme or Series, Designer Guys, WestWind Pictures Ltd.
  • Best Mini-Series, October 1970, Barna-Alper Productions Inc.
  • Best Prime Time Drama Series, Durham County, Back Alley Film Productions Ltd.
  • Best TV Movie, In God’s Country, Shaftesbury Films Inc.
  • Jury’s Choice Award, Radiant City, Burns Film Ltd.

“The CFTPA is immensely proud to announce the winners of the first annual Indie Awards for Canadian independent producers in film, television and new media”, said Guy Mayson, President of the CFTPA. “Canadian producers have long made their marks by creating dynamic, entertaining, award-winning film, television and digital content that is being watched by millions of viewers at home in Canada and around the globe, and we were pleased to create these awards to celebrate that excellence”.

The 2008 CFTPA Indie Award winners were selected by a national jury of industry professionals and are specifically intended to celebrate independent producers of high-quality programming. An independent producer is considered to be the person(s) who created and/or developed the project being submitted for consideration; structured its financing; worked hand in hand with its writers and story editors; hired and managed the creative talent and crews to help turn the story into the program; oversaw the post production process; controlled the exploitation of the rights; delivered the finished product; and, oversaw the publicity and marketing efforts for the program domestically and internationally.


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