Alumni & Resident Roundup: Updates & Successes (June 2018)

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● July 03, 2018 11:30

CFC alumni are continually making waves in the Canadian and international screen-based entertainment industries – from awards to festivals, industry recognition, “it lists” and more. Here’s the latest round of updates and success stories for CFC residents and alumni from June 2018.


Six people standing side-by-side


Rockie Awards 2018

The hit sci-fi series Travelers, developed through CFC’s Bell Media Prime Time TV Program and featuring a number of CFC alumni in the writers room, won two awards at this year’s Rockie Awards: Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Action Series and the Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content. See the full list of winners HERE.

As previously announced, alumni company New Metric Media (alumnus Mark Montefiore, President) was presented with the Innovative Producer Award at the Rockie Awards Gala Ceremony.

Two young people making peace signs with their fingers


2018 Leo Awards

CFC alumni took home six 2018 Leo Awards, including three awards for alumna Yassmina Karajah for her short drama Rupture (Best Short Drama, Best Direction and Best Screenwriting). See the full list of CFC alumni award winners HERE.

'Don't Talk to Irene'

2018 Canadian Comedy Awards

Alumni film Don’t Talk to Irene from Pat Mills (writer/director), Alyson Richards and Michael MacMillan (producers), which was developed through the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, won two awards at the 18th annual Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Feature and Best Writing in a Feature. See the full list of winners HERE.

A male burn victim

'The Things You Think I'm Thinking'

The 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival Awards

Alumni film The Things You Think I’m Thinking (directed by Sherren Lee, written by and starring Jesse LaVercombe, produced by Charlie Hidalgo, edited by Simone Smith, with music by Casey Manierka-Quaile) won Best Canadian Short at the 2018 Inside Out Film Festival. See the full list of winners HERE.

Animation of two young boys sitting on a wall

'The Breadwinner'

2018 Annecy International Animation Festival Awards

Alumni film The Breadwinner (co-written by alumna Anita Doron and produced by alumni Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen) received three prizes at the Annecy International Animation Festival, which ran from June 11 to 16): Jury Award (Feature Film), Audience Award (Feature Film) and Best Original Music for a Feature Film. See the full list of winners HERE.

'Un Traductor'

21st Annual Golden Goblet Awards at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Alumnus Sebastián Barriuso and his co-director and brother Rodrigo Barriuso won the award for Best Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival for their work on Un Traductor. More info HERE.


2018 Fantasia International Film Festival

Two alumni projects are among the 10 that international copro market Frontieres will present at the Fantasia International Film Festival, which runs from July 12 to August 1, 2018 in Montreal:

  • Alumnus Matt Code is a producer on Creature He (written/directed by Leah Johnston)
  • Daniel Bekerman is a producer on Slash/Back (co-written/directed by Nyla Innuksuk)

Learn more HERE.


An animated image of a young lady and an older lady

'Window Horses,' written/directed by Ann Marie Fleming

  • CFC alumni Ann Marie Fleming, Anita Doron and Anthony Leo are among the 928 artists and executives who have been invited to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. See the full list of 2018 invitees HERE.
  • Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund announced the 45 projects selected under the Talent to Watch Program, which CFC is an affiliate partner of. CFC is proud to be a partner on two of this year’s projects: Easy Land, from writer/director CFC alumna Sanja Zivkovic; and Learn to Swim, from CFC alumni team Thyrone Tommy (director), Marni Van Dyk (writer) and Alona Metzer (producer). Additionally, CFC alumni are involved in a number of other projects (see the full list of projects selected HERE).
    •  Lora Campbell (producer, 40 ACRES)
    • Lauren Corber (producer, Islands)
    • Rich Williamson (director, Scarborough)
    • Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (writer, This Place)
    • Karen Chapman (incoming Cineplex Entertainment Film Program resident; writer/director, The Village Keeper)
    • Reem Morsi (writer/director, HATE)
  • Hit comedy ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (from CFC alumni writer/director Kyle Rideout and writer/producer Josh Epstein), the 23rd film to be developed and financed for production through CFC Features, is now available on iTunes. Check it out HERE.
  • Paper Year, starring actors Conservatory alumna Grace Glowicki, produced by alumna Jennifer Shin and edited by alumnus Bryan Atkinson, hit theatres in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa on Friday, June 22. You can also check it out on iTunes and On Demand. Read more about the film HERE.
  • Corus greenlit the third and final season of alumni series Mary Kills People (created by Tara Armstrong), set to air as part of Global’s 2018 midseason lineup. Learn more HERE.
  • CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs has been cast as Sam Black Crow in the upcoming season of American Gods, which is set to return in 2019. Read more HERE.
  • Production has wrapped on Natalie, a dramatic feature produced by alumna Sally Karam (Sixth Avenue Productions) and executive produced by alumnus Damon D’Oliveira (Filmshow). Alumna Kathleen Hepburn is a co-writer on the feature. More info HERE.
  • Alumni Marc Tetreault and William Woods are producers on the upcoming indie comedy feature Spinster, starring Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). More info HERE.
  • On June 13, Historica Canada launched their first LGBTQ2 Heritage Minute, which features pioneering gay activist Jim Egan, and was directed by alumnus Stephen Dunn. Watch the Heritage Minute HERE.
  • Season 2 of Bad Blood (executive produced by alumni Mark Montefiore, Virginia Rankin and Josée Vallée) returns to CityTV as part of its 2018/19 primetime schedule. Learn more HERE.
  • Alumna Sarah Goodman has been selected as 1 of 12 participants for the 2018–19 TIFF Writers’ Studio. Read more HERE.
  • Hulu has acquired the U.S. streaming rights to the first two seasons of the hit Canadian comedy series Letterkenny, executive produced by alumnus Mark Montefiore (New Metric Media). More info HERE.
  • Alumna Natalie Urquhart has joined Amaze Film + Television as their new Director of Development. In this role, she will oversee development in Canada. Read more HERE.
  • Three CFC alumni are among the eight Canadian producers selected to participate in this year’s Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) co-pro training program: Jessica Adams, Josh Epstein and Jennifer Mesich. Read the full list of participants HERE.
  • Production is underway on the female-driven indie The Rest of Us, the directorial debut from alumna Aisling Chin-Yee. Alumnus William Woods is a producer on the feature, and alumnus Damon D’Oliveira is an executive producer. The film stars Heather Graham and Jodi Balgour. More info HERE.
  • Alumna Gail Harvey will direct two episodes of the upcoming series Northern Rescue, from Don Carmody Television. Learn more HERE.
  • Production has wrapped on She Never Died (a sequel to the 2015 horror comedy He Never Died), which is directed by alumna Audrey Cummings and produced by alumna Jennifer Mesich. More info HERE.
  • Monterey Media has acquired the U.S. rights to The Sun at Midnight, starring alumna Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs. Read more HERE.
  • Alumnus Chris Agoston is the writer on one of six writer-producer teams that were selected to participate in WIFT-T’s inaugural Scripted Digital Series Incubator, which ran from June 18 to 21. He and producer Marie-Marguerite Sabongui took part with their political comedy series The Mission. Learn more HERE.
  • Alumni webseries How to Buy a Baby (line produced by alumnus Matt Code, executive produced by alumna Lauren Corber, edited by alumnus Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, with music by alumna Aimee Bessada) has been named one of 17 funding recipients from the Independent Production Fund for 2018/19. More info HERE.
  • CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Alex Paxton-Beesley will return to Pure Season 2 as Anna Funk, with alumnus Ken Girotti as series director. Read more HERE.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications