"Indie Game: The Movie" creators Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky (Ian McCausland)
Nominations for the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards have been announced. The awards will be handed out in Toronto in March, and many Manitobans are up for trophies.
Now that the Gemini and Genie awards have merged, this ceremony is the one-stop shop for celebrating Canadian film, television, documentary and digital media.
Indie Game: The Movie
After winning the World Documentary category at Sundance when their film premiered, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky have been raking in accolades. Indie Game: The Movie is in the running for Best Feature Length Documentary.
Keep a Modest Head
Local filmmaker Deco Dawson's tribute to French Surrealist Jean Benoît already won the Best Short Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it's now up for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary.
Wab Kinew's TV series about Canada's relationship with its indigenous people is up for several awards, for Best Cross-Platform Project, non-fiction, Best Social/Political Documentary Program and Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series.
That category puts Kinew opposite fellow nominees Peter Mansbridge, David Suzuki, Lloyd Robertson and Victor Malarek.
Locally shot hockey film Goon also fared well in the nominations, scoring nods in the directing, cinematography and adapted screenplay categories. Writer/actor Jay Baruchel and co-star Kim Coates were also nominated in the supporting actor category.
Less Than Kind
This TV show based and shot in Winnipeg has an edge in several categories. Local actor Ross McMillan is nominated alongside two castmates for the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series. The show also scored three of the five nominations for Best Writing in a Comedy Series of Program, pitting Mark McKinney against himself and fellow show scribe Jenn Engels.
The show is also in the running for Best Comedy Program or Series, Best Direction and Best Editing in a Comedy Program or Series.
And Winnipeg's own Frantic Films is up for a series of nominations. For the now cancelled TV show Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, the TV movie, Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2, and in the Best Lifestyle Category for Pitchin' In.
The Canadian Screen Awards will be handed out March 3, 2013 and broadcast on CBC-TV.