Celebrating the highest grossing Canadian film at the 2011 box office in Canada
(Toronto, ON) February 29, 2012—The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) presents the 2011 Cineplex Golden Reel Award to Quebec comedy Starbuck, which grossed over $3.5 million in Canada in 2011.
“Starbuck is a great Canadian success story with healthy box office in Canada, prizes in Canada, United States and Europe which augur well for healthy future box office returns,” says Helga Stephenson, ACCT Interim CEO.
The Cineplex Golden Reel Award is presented annually to the Canadian film that earns the highest domestic box office in that year. The award will be presented at the 32nd Annual Genie Awards on Thursday, March 8th at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.
Just when he learns his girlfriend is pregnant, Starbuck (Patrick Huard) discovers he has biologically fathered 533 children, all of whom are searching for him.
The film, co-written and directed by Ken Scott, co-written by Martin Petit was produced by André Rouleau. Distributed by Les Films Christal in partnership with Entertainment One.
Starbuck earned the top audience award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, being named the best narrative film by festival-goers out of 188 films from 73 countries. The film won the Calgary International Film Festivals People’s Choice Award, and Patrick Huard won Best Actor at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain.
Starbuck was Canada’s top grossing film of 2011, crossing over from the Quebec market to English-speaking Canada and eventually being sold internationally by Entertainment One.
Starbuck has garnered 6 Genie Award nominations including Best Motion Picture, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Original Screenplay.
The 32nd Annual Genie Awards will be broadcast live from Toronto on Thursday, March 8th on CBC at 8 P.M. (8:30 p.m. NT).
About the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing all screen-based industries.