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The 18th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto Nominees

From a media release:

ACTRA Toronto is proud to announce the nominees for the 18th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. The ACTRA Awards in Toronto will take place at The Carlu on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:
Jessica Greco as Jessica the A.D. in Tokens, “Whitewashing” (Tokens on Call Productions)
Krista Morin as Judith in Spooning (Human Cutlery Films)
Anastasia Phillips as Catherine MacDonald in Tammy’s Always Dying (JA Productions)
Cara Ricketts as Mary Handford-Lacroix in Anne with an E, “What Can Stop the Determined Heart” (Northwood Entertainment)
Karen Robinson as Gladdy in Forgive Me, “Worthy of All Love” (Emotion Pictures)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male:
Aaron Abrams as Daniel in Nose to Tail (Motion Offense Productions)
Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian ‘Bash’ Lacroix in Anne with an E, “What Can Stop the Determined Heart” (Northwood Entertainment)
Salvatore Antonio as Steven” in Nose to Tail (Motion Offense Productions)
Daniel Fathers as Perry Bulmer in Project Ithaca (Wild Media Entertainment)
Araya Mengesha as Elijah Handford in Anne with an E, “There Is Something at Work in My Soul Which I Do Not Understand” (Northwood Entertainment)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female Voice:
Tajja Isen as Juniper in Norman Picklestripes, “The Forest Next Door” (Universal Kids)
Julie Lemieux as Margo Monkey in Top Wing, “Big Banana Break-In” (9 Story Media Group)
Julie Lemieux as Amelia in Binky: Pets of the Universe, “Happy PURSTgiving” (Corus Entertainment)
Bryn McAuley as Mavis in Hotel Transylvania: The Series, “Portrait of Mavis as a Young Vampire” (Corus Entertainment)
Samantha Weinstein as Sloane Plunderman in D.N. Ace, “Pure Clownage” (Nelvana)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male Voice:
Taylor Abrahamse as Huxley in D.N.Ace, “The New Guy” (Nelvana)
Juan Chioran as Mendel in D.N.Ace, “Any Given Clashday” (Nelvana)
Carter Hayden as Klaus in Hotel Transylvania: The Series, “Freakerheads” (Corus Entertainment)
Lyon Smith as Ace Ripley in D.N.Ace, “Any Given Clashday” (Nelvana)
Jacob Soley as Charlie in Charlie’s Colorforms, “Treasure Hunter Charlie” (DHX Media)

Nominees for the Members’ Choice Series Ensemble award:
Anne with an E (Northwood Entertainment)
Baroness Von Sketch (Frantic Films)
Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment)
Schitt’s Creek (Not a Real Company)
Tokens (Tokens on Call Productions)

During the ceremony, Michaela Washburn will present Jean Yoon with ACTRA Toronto’s 2020 Award of Excellence.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.


Baroness von Sketch Show and Employable Me win 2019 Rockie Awards

From a media release:

The 40th Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce the winners of the 2019Rockie Awards International Program Competition and the $25,000 Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content.

Canadian actor/writer, Juno Rinaldi (Workin’ Moms), hosted the Rockie Awards International Program Competition at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Top international media executives gathered to recognize and celebrate excellence in television and digital media content from around the world. One of the largest competitions of its kind, the Rockie Awards International Program Competition presented awards in twenty-six(26) categories spanning Documentary & Factual, Arts & Entertainment, Children & Youth, Scripted, as well as the Rockies Francophone Prize and the Jury Prize.

International Program Competition winners include:

Drama Series: English Language
World Productions/BBC

Comedy Series: English Language
HBO/Alec Berg/Hanarply

Limited Series
Sharp Objects
HBO/eOne/Tiny Pyro/Blumhouse/Fourth Born/crazyrose

Lifestyle Series
Employable Me
Thomas Howe and Associates

Drama Series: Non-English Language
Can You Hear Me?
Trio Orange

Comedy Series: Non-English Language
Arthur’s Law
good friends Filmproduktions/TNT Comedy

Children & Youth Fiction Series

Reality Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race
World of Wonder

Comedy & Variety Program
Baroness von Sketch Show
Frantic Films

Science & Technology Program
One Strange Rock
Nutopia/National Geographic

History & Biography Program
The Clinton Affair
Jigsaw Productions/Instinct Productions/A&E

Serials, Soaps & Telenovela
Tangled Lives
SP Televisão/SIC

Sci-Fi & Genre-Based Series
Doctor Who
BBC Cymru/BBC One

Check out the full list of winners.

Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content
Winner: Baroness von Sketch Show (Frantic Films)

The Rogers Prize is awarded to the highest-scoring Canadian program or property in the Rockies International Program Competition across two rounds of independent jury review.

Grand Jury Prize
The Grand Jury Prize recognizes the “best in show” from all Rockies International Program Competition winning entries. The winner will be unveiled Tuesday, June 11 at the Rockie Awards Gala, hosted by multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter, actor, Jann Arden (JANN).

The 2019 Grand Jury Prize finalists are:

  • Barry
  • Bodyguard
  • Dynasties
  • One Strange Rock
  • Sharp Objects

Screen Nova Scotia announces 2019 award winners

From a media release:

Screen Nova Scotia hosted its fifth annual awards gala on Friday, May 3rd in front of a sold-out crowd at Casino Nova Scotia. The event celebrates the incredible talent, creativity, and passion that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia’s screen industry. Notable awards include the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performances, the Film Crew Excellence Award, the Digital Animators of Nova Scotia Award, the Women in Film & Television Atlantic Award, and the Community Recognition Award, along with Screen Nova Scotia Awards for best television, film, and animation.

The event was kicked off by actor/comedian Bette MacDonald, and presenters included producers, directors, crew members and actors, with musical accompaniment from the Bill Stevenson Trio.

The night’s finale was the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature Film, which went to the indie drama Splinters, from acclaimed director Thom Fitzgerald (produced by Emotion Pictures). The film — which explores interconnections of sexual identity and family, as a young woman reassesses her relationship with her mother following the death of her father — also garnered top prizes for its actors. Shelley Thompson was awarded the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Female Role, and Bailey Maughan won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Male Role.

The final season of CBC’s Mr. D was crowned the winner of the Best Television Series Award. Produced by Topsail Entertainment, Mr. D filmed for eight seasons in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Production on the series generated $126.5 million in economic activity and created over 1,400 jobs.

Kathryn MacLellan took home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Female Role for her role in the Nova Scotia/Newfoundland co-production Hopeless Romantic, while Jordan Poole won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Male Role for his role as Luke, Toni Collette’s son, in the movie Birthmarked.

Peep Media’s Bernie Langille Wants to Know…Who Killed Bernie Langille won the Best Short Film Award, with the film’s director Jackie Torrens also taking home the Best Director Award from Women in Film & Television – Atlantic. The Best Documentary Film Award went to The Social Shift, from Mirror Image Media and Common Good Solutions.

Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO, William F. White International Inc. received the inaugural Industry Champion Award in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the production services company setting up shop in Halifax, and their continued and unwavering support of the Nova Scotia screen industry.

Digital animation was also spotlighted at the awards, with Teletoon’s Spaceman and Robotron sweeping both animation categories. The series is produced by Connections Productions and animated by Cartoon Conrad.

Greens Master William Gerhardt (IATSE 849) won the 2019 Film Crew Excellence Award. Gerhardt was instrumental in transforming Yarmouth’s Cape Forchu into an island from the 1800s for Robert Eggers’ most recent feature film The Lighthouse — currently screening at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival —  and has worked on multiple productions including The Mist, The Curse of Oak Island, and the Book of Negroes. The Community Recognition Award was presented to long-time industry supporter Bea Renton, Chief Administrative Officer, the Town of Lunenburg, for her tireless efforts to consistently ensure that Lunenburg is a welcoming community for film & TV production.


Screen Nova Scotia Awards:

  • Best Feature Film: Splinters (Emotion Pictures)
  • Best Television Series: Mr. D (Topsail Entertainment)
  • Best Documentary Film: The Social Shift (Mirror Image Media)
  • Best Short Film: Bernie Langille Wants To Know…Who Killed Bernie Langille (Peep Media)
  • Best Animated Series: Spaceman and Robotron (Connections Productions)

ACTRA Maritimes Awards:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Female Role: Shelley Thompson (Splinters)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Male Role: Bailey Maughan (Splinters)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Female Role: Kathryn MacLellan (Hopeless Romantic)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Male Role: Jordan Poole (Birthmarked)

Industry & Community Awards:

  • WIFT-AT Award for Best Director: Jackie Torrens (Bernie Langille Wants To Know…Who Killed Bernie Langille)
  • Film Crew Excellence Award: William Gerhardt, Greens Master
    Community Recognition Award: Bea Renton, Chief Administrative Officer, the Town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • DANS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Don
  • Pinsent & Team, Spaceman and Robotron
  • Industry Champion Award: Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO, William F. White International Inc.

Image courtesy of Michael Tompkins


Wynonna Earp’s Emily Andras, Schitt’s Creek and The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco capture WGC Screenwriting Awards

From a media release:

A full house gathered at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall in Toronto last night for the 23rd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards gala.

Winners of the night’s top prizes included Sarah Dodd (Cardinal: Blackfly Season), Daegan Fryklind (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Rupinder Gill (Schitt’s Creek) and Michael McNamara (Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit). Congratulations to 2019’s talented winners and nominees.

WGC special awards were also presented at the gala, with the WGC Showrunner Award going to Emily Andras, the McGrath Service Award to Bruce Smith, the Sondra Kelly Award to Jinder Oujla-Chalmers, and Pat Holden and Amir Kahnamouee each receiving the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize.

The WGC Screenwriting Awards were hosted by Gavin Crawford and written by Kyle Tingley, with awards presented by Noelle Carbone, Jennica Harper, Carol Hay, Jordan Johnson-Hinds, Elena Juatco, Adam Pettle, Kathleen Phillips, Sugith Varughese and Jennifer Whalen.


The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco “Presidio,” written by Daegan Fryklind

Wishfart “I Wear This Hat Ironically,” written by Josh Sager & Jerome Simpson

Schitt’s Creek “RIP Moira Rose,” written by Rupinder Gill

Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit, written by Michael McNamara

Cardinal: Blackfly Season “Red,” written by Sarah Dodd

22 Chaser, written by Jeremy Boxen

Odd Squad: World Turned Odd, written by Tim McKeon

We’ve Come to the End of Our Time, written by Alex Epstein & Lisa Hunter

Star Falls “The Picnic Auction,” written by Cole Bastedo

Pat Holden for Mirsada and Amir Kahnamouee for Harbour House

Bruce Smith

Jinder Oujla-Chalmers

Emily Andras

Image courtesy of the WGC.


Wynonna Earp and Heartland win big at 2019 Alberta Film and Television Awards

Wynonna Earp, series actor Greg Lawson and Heartland‘s Amber Marshall were among the winners announced at last night’s 45th annual Rosie Awards held by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association in Edmonton.

Wynonna Earp took the trophy for Best Dramatic Series, while Greg Lawson—who plays Sheriff Nedley on the Syfy/Space drama—was honoured in the Best Performance by an Alberta Actor. Cathy Cowan and Jennifer Haffenden received awards for Best Production Designer/Art Director and Best Costume Designer, respectively.

Best Performance by an Alberta Actress went to Heartland‘s Amber Marshall; the family drama’s Dean Bennett was named Best Director. Equus: Story of the Horse was named Best Documentary Series.

Incorporated in 1973, the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) supports the film and television industry in Alberta.

Check out the full television and film winner’s list.