The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has unveiled the nominees for the 2018 Indiescreen Awards.
Representing the country’s independent producers, CMPA also announced it’s dedicating its Emerging Producer Award to the memory of late Canadian film producer Kevin Tierney. Going forward, the award will be known as the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award.
Tierney, who passed away in June, is best known for producing Bon Cop, Bad Cop, the top-grossing Canadian theatrical release of all time domestically. Tierney was the recipient of an Indiescreen Award in 2009 and used his $10,000 prize to establish the Pat and Bill Tierney Communication Studies Diploma Scholarship at his alma mater Concordia University.
“This year’s Indiescreen Awards nominees have each made important contributions to the rich fabric of our national cinematic tapestry,” said CMPA President and CEO Reynolds Mastin. “Throughout his career Kevin Tierney believed that film could elevate Canadians’ understanding of one another; I believe he would be extremely proud of the achievement of this year’s nominees, especially those early in their film producing careers.”
Established in 2005, the CMPA Indiescreen Awards recognize producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. To be eligible for nomination, producers must have a film selected for screening at TIFF that year. This year’s nominees are:
- Stacey Aglok-MacDonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Miranda de Pencier, Damon D’Oliveira and Zanne Devine, Northwood Entertainment (The Grizzlies)
- Sylvain Corbeil, Metafilms (The Great Darkened Days)
- Pierre Even, Item 7 (The Hummingbird Project)
- Christina Piovesan, First Generation Films (Mouthpiece)
- Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss, The Film Farm (Falls Around Her)
Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award
- Renée Beaulieu, Les Productions du Moment (Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin)
- Caitlin Grabham, Prowler Film (Firecrackers)
- Tina Keeper, Kistikan Pictures (Through Black Spruce)
- Zach Lipovsky, Amazing Incorporated (Freaks)
- Tracy Major, Carkner Films (Kingsway)
Winners will be announced at the CMPA Indiescreen Awards Reception in Toronto on Sept. 6. The event marks the opening of the TIFF Industry Conference at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
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