Press release

Aug 24, 2015

Celebrating ten years: Five finalists selected for the $10K CMPA Feature Film Award

TORONTO, August 24, 2015—Canadian producer and Jury Chair Sandra Cunningham (Strada Films) today announced the shortlist for the 10th annual Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) Feature Film Producer’s Award.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and will be announced at a special reception to mark the opening of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival ® on September 10th.  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 ten years ago as a partnership with the Festival to recognize the vision and entrepreneurship of an outstanding Canadian producer whose body of work demonstrates commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films.

“It is an honour to be part of a jury that had such a talented pool of Canadian filmmakers to draw from for these nominations,” says Sandra Cunningham. The bar has been raised every year since this award was first introduced ten years ago. And looking at the full slate of Canadian films at the Festival this year, it is fair to say our feature film industry has a very rich future.”

“This award is a true celebration of the talent and passion it takes to take an idea and bring it to the big screen in this country,” says Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA. “Congratulations to our five finalists who represent a growing field of Canadian  filmmakers who are making their mark on the world stage.”

The Nominees for the 2015 CMPA Feature Film Producer’s Award are:
Sylvain Corbeil, Our Loved Ones
Production Company: metafilms
Filmography: Félix and Meira, Mommy (Associate Producer),  Joy of Man’s Desiring, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Head Down, Diego Star, Bestaire, The Torrent, Nuit #1, Laurentia,  Opening Up, Tromper le silence, Curling, Carcasses, All That She Wants, Leas eaux mortes, A White ChapelOpening Up («M’ouvrir»), Jutra of the best short film 2011

David Hamilton, Beeba Boys
Production Company: Hamilton Mehta Productions
Filmography: Midnight’s Children, Cooking with StellaHeaven on EarthThe Forgotten WomanWaterBollywood Hollywood, Lunch with Charles, EarthFire

Robert Lantos, Remember
Production Company: Serendipity Point Films
Filmography: The Right Kind of Wrong, Barney’s Version, Eastern Promises, Adoration, Fugitive PiecesWhere the Truth Lies, Being Julia, The Statement, AraratMen With Brooms, Picture ClaireStardomSunshineFelicia’s JourneyExistenZ,Strike, The Sweet HereafterCrashNever Talk To StrangersJohnny MnemonicWhale Music, Black Robe, Joshua Then and NowNight MagicSeparate VacationsBedroom Eyes, Heavenly BodiesScandale, ParadiseYour Ticket Is No Longer Valid, SuzanneAgencyIn Praise of Older WomenL’Ange et la Femme

Kim McCraw, EndorphineMy Internship in Canada
Production Company: micro_scope
Filmography: You’re Sleeping NicoleAll That We Make, EnemyWhitewashGabrielle, Inch’ AllahMonsieur LazharFamiliar GroundsIncendies, It’s Not Me, I Swear, Continental, Congorama, FamiliaOrdinaire ou superSnooze

Laura J. Milliken, Fire Song
Production Company: Big Soul Productions Inc.
Filmography: Moccasin Flats: RedemptionMohawk Midnight RunnersThe Smoke Shack, Go Get DadThe GardenTotem, Good Looking, I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind133 SkywayLaurelMoccasin Flats