Indiescreen Awards

This annual prize honours outstanding Canadian producers—both emerging and established.

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CMPA’s 2020 Indiescreen Awards postponed due to COVID-19

TORONTO, July 22, 2020–Today, the Canadian Media Producers Association made the following statement regarding the 2020 Indiescreen Awards:


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2019 Indiescreen Awards nominees announced


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2019 Indiescreen Awards nominees announced


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2019 Indiescreen Awards winners


Félize Frappier

Established Producer Award recipient


Félize Frappier (Max Films Media) received the CMPA’s 2019 Established Producer Award in recognition of her remarkable contribution to Canadian cinema, which includes Marécages (2011), L’autre maison (2013), Corbo (2014) and Ville-Marie (2015). The Montreal-based producer’s latest film, Kuessipan, will premiere at TIFF on September 8.


Kevin Krikst & Fraser Ash

Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award recipients


Rhombus Media’s Kevin Krikst and Fraser Ash were jointly named winners of the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award, recognizing their remarkable talents as early-career feature film producers. Their latest film, Clifton Hill, which premieres this evening, is the pair’s second film. Krikst and Ash’s first feature, Closet Monster, premiered at the festival in 2015.

2019 Indiescreen Award juries

The CMPA thanks 2019 Indiescreen Awards jury members for their dedication. The awards would not happen without their thoughtful deliberation and generous time commitment.

Established Producer Award

  • Jury Chair and 2018 Established Producer Award co-winner Jennifer Weiss (Producer, The Film Farm)
  • Trish Dolman (Producer, Screen Siren Pictures)
  • Jeremy Spry (Producer, DATSIT Sphère)
  • Mary Walsh (Actress and Writer)
  • Tonya Williams (Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, Reelworld Film Festival)

Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award

  • Jury Chair and 2018 Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award winner Caitlin Grabham (Producer, Prowler Film)
  • Cory Bowles (Actor, Writer and Director)
  • Tyson Caron (Director and Producer)
  • Hannah Cheesman (Actress, Writer, Director and Producer)
  • Erica Proudlock (Executive in Charge of Programs & Talent, Canadian Film Centre)


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2019 CMPA Indiescreen Awards nominees


The 2019 Indiescreen Awards nominees have been announced! This year we will be honouring a veteran independent producer who has made significant contributions to Canada’s film production sector, and an up-and-coming producer whose early work embodies the next generation of Canadian filmmaking.

Both winners will be revealed at the CMPA Indiescreen Awards reception on September 5, as part of the opening day of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Established Producer Award

Christina Piovesan

Production company:
First Generation Films


Qualifying film:
American Woman



Félize Frappier

Production company:
Max Films Media


Qualifying film:


Jessica Adams

Production company:
JA Productions


Qualifying film:
Tammy’s Always Dying



Judy Holm

Production company:
Markham Street Films


Qualifying film:
Level 16



Lori Lozinski

Production company:
Violator Films


Qualifying film:
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open


Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award

Julie Strifler

Production company: Endgame Films


Qualifying film: Easy Land


Katie Bird Nolan & Lindsay Tapscott

Production company: Babe Nation Films


Qualifying film: The Rest of Us



Kevin Krikst & Fraser Ash

Production company: Rhombus Media


Qualifying film: Clifton Hill



Lana Belle Mauro

Production company: Shed Creative


Qualifying film: Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band



Sara Blake

Production company: Ceroma Films


Qualifying film: Raf



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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Who is eligible to apply?

Independent Canadian producers are eligible to apply for an Indiescreen award once their film has been confirmed as an official selection at the 2018 or 2019 editions of Calgary International Film Festival, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival or Vancouver International Film Festival.

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. 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 2019 Indiescreen Awards will be presented on September 5, 2019 in Toronto.

Who can attend the Indiescreen Awards?

TIFF pass holders are welcome to attend the event. Otherwise, attendance is by invitation only.

Past winners

2017 CMPA Indiescreen Awards

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