Press release

Sep 05, 2019

Kuessipan and Clifton Hill producers named 2019 CMPA Indiescreen Award winners

Félize Frappier takes home the Established Producer Award, while Kevin Kriskt and Fraser Ash named co-recipients of the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award

TORONTO, September 5, 2019 – The Canadian Media Producers Association announced the winners of its annual CMPA Indiescreen Awards in an afternoon ceremony marking the opening of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

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.

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.

“The Indiescreen Awards are an opportunity to reflect upon what a remarkable endeavour it is to produce a feature film, and to celebrate the immense filmmaking talent we have here in Canada,” said CMPA President and CEO Reynolds Mastin. “Congratulations to today’s winners for your inspiring contributions to Canadian cinema.”

As the recipient of the CMPA’s Established Producer Award, Frappier will receive $10,000. And the joint winners Krikst and Ash will share the $5,000 prize for the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award.

Juries for the Established and Emerging Producer Awards selected the winners from a previously announced shortlist of nominees. The 2019 Established and Emerging juries were chaired by last year’s CMPA Indiescreen Award winners, Jennifer Weiss and Caitlin Grabham. The CMPA thanks the 2019 jury members for their time and commitment.

Established Producer Award Jury:

  • 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:

  • 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)

More information about the CMPA Indiescreen Awards can be found here.


The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production, and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema, and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.

For more information:

Kyle O’Byrne
Manager, Media Relations & Communications, CMPA