“Family Portrait,” “Beauty Day,” “Wiebo’s War” up for Genie Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has unveiled its Genie awards nomination list, which includes doc nominations for Beauty Day and Family Portrait in Black and White (pictured).
January 17, 2012

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has unveiled its Genie Awards nomination list, which includes doc nominations for Beauty Day and  Family Portrait in Black and White (pictured).

For best feature length documentary, the nominees are Beauty Day, directed by Jay Cheel; Family Portrait in Black and White, from Julia Ivanova; The Guantanamo Trap from director Thomas Wallner; La Nuit, Elles Dansent (At Night, They Dance) from co-directors Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault; and Wiebo’s War, from David York.

Meanwhile, three films are up for best short documentary: John Cullen’s 75 Watts, Chelsea McMullan’s Derailments and Zacharias Kunuk’s Sirmilik.

Helga Stephenson, interim CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said of the nominees: “2011 was a vintage year for Canadian films. Academy Members have a major challenge ahead of them.”

The 32nd annual Genie Awards will be broadcast on March 8 at 8 p.m. EST on CBC Television.

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