2017 Screen Nova Scotia Awards

Updated: May 5, 2017

Screen Nova Scotia hosted its third annual awards show on Thursday, May 4th,  in front of a sold-out crowd at Casino Nova Scotia. Featuring the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performances, the Digital Animators of Nova Scotia Award, the Film Crew Excellence Award, and the Screen Nova Scotia Awards for film, television and animation, the event was a celebration of the talent, creativity and passion that are trademarks of the screen-based community in Nova Scotia.

The evening was hosted by the legendary comedy duo, Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison, with accompaniment from the Bill Stevenson Trio. Presenters included producers, directors, crew members and actors, with a special appearance by Weirdos’ Andy Warhol (Rhys Bevan-John).

The night's finale was the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature Film, which was awarded to the indie drama Werewolf, the debut feature film from acclaimed Cape Breton writer/director Ashely McKenzie and her producing partner, Nelson MacDonald

“Tonight was a celebration of everyone who's been part of the Nova Scotia film industry, whether the role they played was big or small, on screen or off, nominated or not.” Said Mike Volpe, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia. “There is so much talent here and so much heart. That, in my experience, is an unstoppable combination.  We're on our way back and who doesn't love a good comeback story.”

For the third year in a row, Mike McLeod won Best Actor in a Leading Role for the role of the priest in the series Forgive Me. Director Thom Fitzgerald accepted the award on McLeod’s behalf. First-time nominee Molly Dunsworth took home the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in the short film Ingrid and the Black Hole.

Bette MacDonald also picked up the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role for her role as Trudy Walsh, the outspoken school secretary on Mr.D.

Fish, from filmmaker Heather Young, won the award for Best Sort Film. Fish screened at the Berlinale as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program and was recently selected to screen in TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

Digital animation was spotlighted at the awards, with Tim Tracey winning the DANS Award for Outstanding Animation for his short film DataMine and Copernicus Studios taking home the trophy for Best Animated Series for their Disney XD show Pickle & Peanut.

Editor Sarah Bryne won the 2017 Film Crew Excellence Award. Sarah’s recent credits include Play Your Gender, Trailer Park Boys and Your Money or Your Wife. Sarah also works extensively with the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative and on countless short films for emerging filmmakers.

The full list of award winners:

Best Feature Film: Werewolf (Grassfire Films)

Best Television Series: This Hour Has 22 Minutes (DHX Media) 

Best Documentary Film: Quebec My Country Mon Pays (John Walker Productions)

Best Short Film: Fish (Heather Young)

DANS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Animation: DataMine (Tim Tracey Animation)

Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role: Bette MacDonald in Mr. D

Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role: Mike McLeod in Forgive Me: Confessions

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Molly Dunsworth in Ingrid and the Black Hole

Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nathan D. Simmons in Hustle & Heart

Film Crew Excellence Award: Sarah Byrne, Editor

Community Recognition Award: Dave Myatt & the Atlantic School of Theology

Updated: April 24, 2017

A Sweet Release...

Screen Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the nominees for the 3rd annual Screen Nova Scotia Awards Gala, taking place Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Schooner Room at Casino Nova Scotia.

“Every year Screen Nova Scotia members attract millions in investment, create thousands of jobs, and share our stories to audiences in more than a hundred countries around the world.” said Erika Beatty, Executive Director, Screen Nova Scotia. “These awards celebrate the talent, creativity and vision that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia film, television, and digital animation.”

Notable awards include the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performances, the Film Crew Excellence Award, the Digital Animators of Nova Scotia Award, along with Screen Nova Scotia awards for best television, film, and animation.

New this year is the Community Recognition Award, which celebrates key community members who consistently make great things happen for our industry. This year’s award recipient will be Dave Myatt, who for many years acted as an ambassador between the film community and the south end neighborhood of Halifax, home to the Atlantic School of Theology where Dave worked for more than 17 years.

The event will be hosted by the legendary comedy duo Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison. (see details below)

"We're thrilled to be hosting the Screen Nova Scotia Awards,” said co-host, Bette MacDonald. “It's going to be a great party!  As hosts, our plan is to have as much fun as we possibly can until we're asked to leave."

The nominees for the Screen Nova Scotia awards are:

Best Feature Film
Ariyah & Tristan's Inevitable Break-Up (Koumbie)
Exit Thread (Winter Light Productions)
Weirdos (Hold Fast Pictures)
Werewolf (Grassfire Films)

Best Documentary Film
My Life So Far (Nova Productions)
Perfume War (Loud Baby Productions)
Play Your Gender (Stephanie Clattenberg)
Quebec My Country Mon Pays (John Walker Productions)

Best Short Film
Black Cop (Black Rabbit Entertainment)
Fish (Heather Young)
How You Turned Into A Fish (Jenna Marks Films)
Hustle & Heart (Koumbie)

Best Animated Series
Kulipari – Army of Frogs (Cartoon Conrad)
Little People (DHX Media)
Pickle & Peanut (Copernicus Studio)
Teen Titans Go (Copernicus Studio)

Best Television Series
Mr. D (Topsail Entertainment)
This Hour Has 22 Minutes (DHX – Hour Productions)
Trailer Park Boys (Sunnyvale Productions)
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park (TPB OTP Productions)

The nominees for the Digital Animators of Nova Scotia (DANS) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation are:

DataMine (Animator Tim Tracey; Tim Tracey Animation)
Gummi (Animator Jeff Smith; DHX Studios)
Kulipari – Army of Frogs (Animator Jered MacPhee; Cartoon Conrad)

Individual tickets and group tables are currently on sale on Screen Nova Scotia’s website: www.screennovascotia.com.

Nominees for the ACTRA Awards and the Film Crew Excellence Award will be announced shortly – stay tuned!

 

A Sweet Release...

Posted: April 18, 2017

On Thursday, May 4th, we invite you to join us at Casino Nova Scotia to recognize the incredible talent, determination, and passion that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia film, television, and digital media.

We’re excited to announce that the legendary comedy duo, Bette MacDonald & Maynard Morrison, will join forces as our hosts for the evening!

Bette is a Gemini award winner and a multiple Canadian Screen Award and Screen Nova Scotia Award nominee. She has starred in two CBC television series and has been a guest on many including, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Made in Canada. Bette has hosted the East Coast Music Awards telecast and was a long-time headliner at the Halifax Comedy Festival. Currently, Bette plays Trudy Walsh, the outspoken school secretary on CBC TV's hit comedy, Mr. D.

Maynard is a founding member of the Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island and The Cape Breton Summertime Revue. He is an accomplished stage director and a popular event emcee, who has appeared on radio, television and stages from Glace Bay to Vancouver. Maynard is a favourite of the Halifax Comedy Fest. For the past ten years, Bette and Maynard have starred together in Tis The Season, a live hit comedy show that has been playing to sold out venues and rave reviews.

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Tickets are available online NOW via the Screen Nova Scotia website

Individual tickets: $20.00 +HST
* Please note: individual tickets do not include reserved seating.

Group table: $350 + HST
* Group tables include reserved seating for 10 people.

Tickets are limited and last year’s show was a sold out event! If you have any questions about tickets or the awards, please contact Yalitsa or call (902) 229-1499.

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Nominees for the Screen Nova Scotia Awards, the ACTRA Awards, the Film Crew Excellence Award and the D.A.N.S. Award will be announced soon – stay tuned!

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