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Manitoba Projects and Companies Land an Impressive 17 Canadian Screen Award Nominations

Manitoba Projects and Companies Land an Impressive 17 Canadian Screen Award Nominations
Manitoba Film & Music and On Screen Manitoba would like to congratulate all Manitobans and Manitoba companies nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced all nominees on January 17, 2017. The winners will be announced at the awards shows held March 9 – 12, 2017.Manitoba companies and projects were nominated for an impressive 17 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series for the Merit Motion Pictures documentary My Brain Made Me Do It and Achievement in Music – Original Song for Matt Schellenberg’s “Draw Blood” featured in the MFM-supported Manitoba film Lovesick from Eagle Vision Inc.

A full list of nominations can be found at the bottom of this release.

“Manitoba’s 17 nominations this year truly reflect a great diversity of genres, from documentary to sketch comedy,” said Carole Vivier, CEO & Film Commissioner at Manitoba Film & Music. “Thanks to sustained government support, our production industry continues to produce quality, nationally and internationally recognized content, while creating jobs and significant economic impact.”

“Smart, long term provincial investment in the Manitoba media production industry has fostered a stable environment in which creativity and economic success can flourish,” highlights Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of On Screen Manitoba. “The Canadian Screen Award nominations attest to the excellence of the production companies, crew and talent who live and work in Manitoba.”

The Manitoba-lensed comedy series Sunnyside was nominated for two awards including Best Photography and Best Writing in a Variety Program or Series. The Manitoba producer of Sunnyside is Buffalo Gal Pictures.

The Manitoba-based company Frantic Films landed an impressive nine nominations for their series Baroness Von Sketch Show and Still Standing. These include nominations for Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series and Best Factual Program or Series respectively, among others.

Other nominations include Best Short Documentary for the Manitoba project this river(National Film Board of Canada), Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series for Polar Bear Town (Merit Motion Pictures), Best Original Interactive Production Produced for Digital Media for Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s Séances (National Film Board of Canada) and Best News Special for Decision Manitoba (CBC).

Full list of Manitoba nominees:

Best Short Documentary
this river – Katherena Vermette, Erika MacPherson, Alicia Smith, David Christensen
National Film Board of Canada

Best Factual Program or Series
Still Standing (CBC) – Jamie Brown, Jeff Peeler, Maureen Riley
Frantic Films

Best News Special
Decision Manitoba – Global Winnipeg (Corus Entertainment)

Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series
My Brain Made Me Do It (CBC) – Erna Buffie, Merit Jensen Carr
Merit Motion Pictures

Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Baroness Von Sketch: Last Year You Weren’t Forty – Aleysa Young
Frantic Films

Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC) Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jamie Brown
Frantic Films

Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series
Still Standing: Vanastra (CBC) – Sebastian Cluer
Frantic Films

Best Photography in a Variety Program or Series
Sunnyside: War Is Hell – D. Gregor Hagey
Buffalo Gal Pictures

Best Picture Editing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Baroness Von Sketch Show: If the Killer is Watching (CBC) – Mike Fly, Jeremy LaLonde
Frantic Films

Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series
Still Standing: Vanastra (CBC) – Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Steve Dylan
Frantic Films

Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Sunnyside: Volcano – Dan Redican, Gary Pearson, Kathleen Phillips, Jan Caruana, Alastair Forbes, Pat Thornton
Buffalo Gal Pictures

Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Baroness Von Sketch Show: I Can’t Believe This Used to Take Days – Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Dawn Whitwell, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin
Frantic Films

Best Host in a Lifestyle, Talk or Entertainment News Program or Series
Still Standing (CBC) – Jonny Harris
Frantic Films

Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series
Polar Bear Town: Quest for the Cubs – Catharine Parke, Ed Hatton, Lisa Cicelly, Saskia de Boer
Merit Motion Pictures

Achievement in Music – Original Song
Matt Schellenberg – Lovesick – Draw Blood
Eagle Vision Inc.

Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)
Baroness Von Sketch Show – Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen
Frantic Films

Best Original Interactive Production Produced for Digital Media
Seances – Dana Dansereau, Alicia Smith, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson
National Film Board of Canada