Monday, August 25, 2014

Five Finalists Selected for the $10K CMPA Feature Film Award

Award-winning producer Jennifer Jonas today announced the shortlist for the 9th annual Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) Feature Film Producer’s Award. Jennifer is Chair of the national jury and last year’s recipient.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 at a special reception to mark the opening of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival ® on September 4th. Festival delegates are invited to attend the presentation being held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Filmmakers’ Lounge in the Glenn Gould Studio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), 250 Front Street West.

The award was created as a partnership with the Festival in 2006. It recognizes the vision and entrepreneurship of an outstanding Canadian producer whose body of work demonstrates commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films.

“It is such an honour to be able to recommend five outstanding Canadian producers and colleagues as the finalists for this prestigious prize,“ says Jennifer. “In a challenging and complex international marketplace where recognition and accomplishment are hard and rare to feel, it is thrilling to have the recognition of your peers. They understand intimately the challenges and satisfaction there is in pulling together a feature film in Canada.”

“Narrowing down five finalists from a record list of submissions for the award this year was no easy feat for the jury,” says Michael Hennessy, President and CEO, CMPA. “It speaks to the level of excellence the feature film industry has reached in this country. And, as the national organization representing independent producers across Canada, we celebrate their success.”

The Nominees for the 2014 CMPA Feature Film Producer’s Award are:

Daniel Bekerman, Bang Bang Baby
Production Company: Scythia Films
Filmography: Pay the Ghost, The Witch, Wet Bum, The Husband, Brother Frank, Don’t Get Killed in Alaska, The Pin, Edwin Boyd, You are Here, Centre Island

Sylvain Corbeil, Félix and Meira
Production Company: metafilms
Filmography: Mommy (Associate Producer), Joy of Man’s Desiring, Diego Star, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Diego Star, Bestaire, The Torrent, Longuay, Bestaire, The Torrent, Nuit #1, Laurentia, Curling

Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler, Hector and the Search for Happiness
Production Company: Screen Siren Pictures Inc.
Filmography: (Trish Dolman) Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson, Foreverland, Daydream Nation, The First Movie, Year of the Carnivore, Luna: Spirit of the Whale, The Score, Flower & Garnet, White Cloud, Blue Mountain (Christine Haebler): Clue, Foreverland, Daydream Nation, Hardwired, Helen, Nightwatching, Terminal City, Moving Malcolm, Tail Lights Fade, Kitchen Party, Hard Core Logo

Nancy Grant, Mommy
Production Company: metafilms
Filmography: Félix and Meira, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Tom à la ferme, College boy, Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire, Vic + Flo ont vu un ours, Diego Star, Curling, Laurentie, Nuit #1

Martin Katz, Maps to the Stars
Production Company: Prospero Pictures
Filmography: Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…, Let Him Be, Inconceivable, Closing the Ring, Shake Hands with the Devil, Intervention, It’s a Boy Girl Thing, Spider, Hotel Rwanda.

About the CMPA
The CMPA is a national non-profit organization that represents the interests of over 350 leading screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media content in all regions of Canada.

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