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.
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 Short 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.
Read the full list of winners HERE.
You can find the full list of nominees for the 2017 Screen Nova Scotia Awards HERE.
The Screen Nova Scotia Awards wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our partners and sponsors. Their financial support not only helps us to produce a world-class event that celebrates our local media creativity but they also help ensure that Screen Nova Scotia can continue to advocate for and promote Nova Scotia’s screen industry. Interested in sponsoring next year’s event? Reach out now for packages and rates: (902) 229-1499 / firstname.lastname@example.org.