This annual prize honours outstanding independent Canadian film producers. This year, the awards at taking place at Prime Time Online!
2020 Indiescreen Awards at Prime Time Online
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The 2020 edition of the Indiescreen Awards will took place at Prime Time Online, the virtual edition of the CMPA’s annual conference. The CMPA Indiescreen Awards have typically taken place in the fall as part of the film festival season, but with the ongoing pandemic, this year we’re thrilled to bring a reimagined version of the awards to Prime Time Online. Two awards were presented:
– The Established Producer Award ($10,000), recognizing a producer’s filmmaking accomplishments over the course of their career to date
– The Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award ($5,000), established in 2016, celebrating an up-and-coming “one-to-watch” in feature film production
And the winners were…
Established Producer Award
Production company: Hungry Eyes Media
Qualifying film: Stateless
Tanya Brunel & Jeremy Torrie (White Bear Films) – The Corruption of Divine Providence
Trish Dolman (Screen Siren Pictures) & Christine Haebler (Terminal City Pictures) – French Exit
Lori Lozinski (Violator Films) – Sugar Daddy
Sarah Spring (Parabola Films) – No Ordinary Man
Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award
Production company: Nemesis Films
Qualifying film: Nadia, Butterfly
Ana de Lara (Blue Lake Films) – All-In Madonna
Julie Groleau (Couronne Nord) – Jusqu’au déclin (The Decline)
Caleb Ryan (Dos Gatos Negros Films) – Vagrant
Jake Yanowski & Charles Officer (Canesugar Filmworks) – Akilla’s Escape
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 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 selected to screen at one of the four leading Canadian film festivals: the Calgary International Film Festival, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.
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Any independent producer with a feature-length Canadian film released in the 2020 calendar year is eligible to apply for an Indiescreen Award.
No, it is only required that the applicant is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
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.
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.
The winners will be announced at the next edition of the CMPA’s annual conference, Prime Time Online, taking place from January 28 to February 10, 2021.
Fraser Ash and Kevin Krikst (Emerging), Félize Frappier (Established)
Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss (Established), Caitlin Grabham (Emerging)
Luc Déry and Kim McCraw (Established), Kristy Neville and Matt Code (Emerging)
Roger Frappier (Established) and Hany Ouichou (Emerging)
(Ari Lantos accepting)
(pictured with Jacob Tierney)