The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has announced the winners of its annual CMPA Indiescreen Awards.
Montreal-based producer Félize Frappier (Max Films Media) received the CMPA’s 2019 Established Producer Award in recognition of her contributions to Canadian cinema, which include Marécages (2011), L’autre maison (2013), Corbo (2014) and Ville-Marie (2015). Frappier’s latest film, Kuessipan, premieres at TIFF on Sept. 8.
Kevin Krikst and Fraser Ash of Toronto-based production house Rhombus Media were joint winners of the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award, recognizing their talents as early-career feature film producers. Their second feature film, Clifton Hill, had its TIFF premiere Thursday evening. Their first feature, Closet Monster, premiered at the festival in 2015.
“The Indiescreen Awards are an opportunity to reflect upon what a remarkable endeavour it is to produce a feature film, and to celebrate the immense filmmaking talent we have here in Canada,” said CMPA President and CEO Reynolds Mastin, in a release.
As the recipient of the CMPA’s Established Producer Award, Frappier will receive $10,000. Joint winners Krikst and Ash will share the $5,000 prize for the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award.
Juries for the Established and Emerging Producer Awards selected the winners from a previously-announced shortlist of nominees. The 2019 Established and Emerging juries were chaired by last year’s Indiescreen Award winners, Jennifer Weiss and Caitlin Grabham.
Established Producer Award Jury:
- Jury Chair and 2018 Established Producer Award co-winner Jennifer Weiss (Producer, The Film Farm)
- Trish Dolman (Producer, Screen Siren Pictures)
- Jeremy Spry (Producer, DATSIT Sphère)
- Mary Walsh (Actress and Writer)
- Tonya Williams (Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, Reelworld Film Festival)
Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award Jury:
- Jury Chair and 2018 Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award winner Caitlin Grabham (Producer, Prowler Film)
- Cory Bowles (Actor, Writer and Director)
- Tyson Caron (Director and Producer)
- Hannah Cheesman (Actress, Writer, Director and Producer)
- Erica Proudlock (Executive in Charge of Programs & Talent, Canadian Film Centre)
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