Leo Awards announced

From a media release:

All nominees for the 10th Anniversary Leo Awards were announced today. In addition to the earlier announcement of select program categories included in the Leo Awards Film Festival, the list of nominees for the Leo Awards 2008 is now complete and can be viewed online at http://leoawards.com/nominees_2008.html.

“BC’s film and television industry continues to inspire excellence and innovation,” says Leo Awards president Walter Daroshin. “And in this our tenth year, we salute the 2008 nominees and all the past nominees and winners that altogether have contributed to the legacy of the Leo Awards.”

To determine the final nominations, Lui Petrollini, partner at Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants LLP, tabulated the ballots of 47 jurors who adjudicated 750 eligible entries comprised of 131 program and 619 craft entries.

The Leo Awards honour programs in 9 categories including Feature Length Drama; Dramatic Series; Short Drama; Documentary Program or Series; Information or Lifestyle Series; Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series; Animation Program or Series; Student Production; and Music Video.

Sixty-three Craft awards will also be presented in the categories of Direction, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Picture Editing, Overall Sound, Sound Editing, Musical Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-Up, Visual Effects, and Performance or Host(s).

Winners in 76 categories will be announced at two separate ceremonies where Program and Craft awards will be presented, including one Outstanding Achievement Award.

“We look forward to welcoming the entire community to the 10th edition of the Leo Awards,” comments Bernie Melanson, Chair, Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of BC. “This year’s program will offer a number of features that we’re sure will delight our audience.”

The Leo Awards 2008 are sponsored by Northwest Imaging & FX, the Union of British Columbia Performers, ACFC West, The BMW Store, IATSE 891, and Kodak Motion Picture Film.

Established in 1998, the Leo Awards celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and television. The 10th Anniversary Leo Awards Celebration and Gala Awards Ceremonies take place May 23 and 24 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver.

The Leo Awards are a project of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, and produced by Troika Productions Inc. and Events One.


3 thoughts on “Leo Awards announced”

  1. What do you think of the CBC not even reporting that jPod has received 15 Nominations? I may be mistaken, but I didn’t find anything on the CBC’s website.

    Could it be because they do not want to bring any more attention to the fact that they cancelled one of the best shows to come out if Canada in a very long time?

  2. Almost no one reported on the Leo nominations. Again, they do not have the cachet you seem to think they do. Keep in mind that jPod is battling Whistler, Reaper and Smallville for best program – whatever those shows’ merits, they’re hardly critically acclaimed ratings successes.

  3. Flash Gordon received 7 nominations … it too was canceled, but I suspect there aren’t that many fans trying to save it …

    The Guard got 4 nominations and Blood Ties a single one.

    It looks like the jury is industry professionals – it’s not mentioned on the leo site, but I’ve googled some of the names.

    I wonder how they picked who to nominate? Or perhaps the productions submitted their favorite tv episodes?

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