Indiescreen Awards

This annual prize honours outstanding independent Canadian film producers. This year, the awards are taking place at the Whistler Film Festival on December 2, 2022.

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The 17th annual Indiescreen Awards will be taking place at the Whistler Film Festival at a ceremony on December 2, 2022. For over 16 years, the Indiescreen Awards have recognized producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. This year, we will be presenting two awards and the prize amounts have been doubled:

– The Established Producer Award ($20,000), recognizing a producer’s filmmaking accomplishments over the course of their career to date
– The Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award ($10,000), established in 2016, celebrating an up-and-coming “one-to-watch” in feature film production

Nominees in both categories will be selected among the applicants by two national juries, each consisting of five industry leaders, and chaired by the previous year’s Indiescreen Award winners. Following the selection and announcement of the nominees, jury members will again review the producers’ applications along with their submitted qualifying films. Nominated producers will be strongly encouraged to attend the awards ceremony, in-person in Whistler, BC.

To offset related costs, the CMPA will provide nominees a travel stipend, and the Whistler Film Festival will provide complimentary Premium Industry Passes. Please note, if applying as a producing team, only one pass and travel stipend will be allotted per nominee.

The DEADLINE to apply is September 22, 2022 (midnight local time).

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Established Producer Award

Paul Barkin

Production company:
Alcina Pictures


Qualifying film:
Night Raiders


Jason Brennan

Production company:
Nish Media


Qualifying film:



Terry Greenlaw

Production company:
Picture Plant Limited


Qualifying film:
Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor



Anand Ramayya

Production company:
Karma Film Inc.


Qualifying film:



Julia Rosenberg

Production company:
January Films Ltd.


Qualifying film:



Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award nominees

Martin Edralin & Priscilla Galvez

Production company:
Circus Zero Films, Silent Tower


Qualifying film:


Kate Kroll, Rylan Friday & Trevor Mack

Production company:
Portraits From a Fire Productions Inc.


Qualifying film:
Portraits From a Fire



Alona Metzer

Production company:
Leilani Films


Qualifying film:
Learn to Swim



Shasha Nakhai

Production company:
Compy Films


Qualifying film:



Rhayne Vermette

Production company:
Exovedate Productions


Qualifying film:
Ste. Anne



About the awards

Established in 2006, the CMPA Indiescreen Awards recognize producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. Two awards are handed out every year: the Established Producer Award and the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award.

Past recipients include Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss (2018, Falls Around Her), Roger Frappier (2016, Two Lovers and A Bear), Robert Lantos (2015, Remember), Nancy Grant (2014, Mommy) and Kevin Tierney (2009, The Trotsky).

The Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award was added to the Indiescreen Awards program in 2016 to highlight the extraordinary talents of an up-and-coming producer with a bright career ahead.

Winners of both awards are chosen by two separate juries out of the independent Canadian films that premiered or are slated to premiere theatrically, at a film festival or on an online streaming service that year.



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Who is eligible to apply?

Any independent producer with a feature-length Canadian film released or slated to premiere in the 2022 calendar year is eligible to apply for an Indiescreen Award.

Do I have to be a CMPA member to win an Indiescreen Award?

No, it is only required that the applicant is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

I am a previous Indiescreen Award winner, am I eligible to apply again?

Previous winners of Established Producer Award are welcome to reapply five years after their award win. Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award winners may apply again after three years.

Who chooses the winners?

Winners are chosen by two separate juries (one for the Established Producer Award and one for Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award) out of applications received.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at the Whistler Film Festival, in an awards ceremony on Friday December 2, 2022. This year’s festival runs November 30 to  December 4, 2022.

Past winners

2017 CMPA Indiescreen Awards

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