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“Fermières,” “Tehran” pick up Canadian Screen nods

Annie St-Pierre's Fermières and Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein's Our Man in Tehran (pictured) are among the documentaries nominated for the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.
January 13, 2015

Annie St-Pierre’s Fermières and Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein‘s Our Man In Tehran (pictured) are among the documentaries nominated for 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.

The third annual honors from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television – which recognize achievements in film, television and digital media – this year presented nominations in 128 categories.

Alongside St-Pierre’s Fermières, nominees for the Best Feature Length Documentary Award include Jean-François Caissy, Johanne Bergeron and Colette Loumède’s La marche à suivre; Tony Girardin’s Marinoni – The Fire in the Frame; and Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema and Scot McFadyen’s Super Duper Alice Cooper.

Meanwhile, the best short documentary nominees are Fraser Munden’s The Chaperone 3D; Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Marc Bertrand and René Chénier’s Jutra; and Luc Chamberland, Gerry Flahive, Michael Fukushima and Marcy Page’s Seth’s Dominion.

Elsewhere, Taylor and Weinstein’s Our Man In Tehran for TMN and Movie Central – which examines the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis and the role of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor – led the television documentary awards with five nominations, including nods for best documentary program, direction, photography, picture editing and sound.

Picking up four nominations was Liz Marshall’s animal rights doc The Ghosts in Our Machine for the CBC, which received nominations for best direction, photography and sound, as well as a nomination for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program.

Remaining contenders for the Donald Brittain Award include Damon Vignale’s The Exhibition for Super Channel, Ric Esther Bienstock’s Tales from the Organ Trade for History Channel Canada and John Kastner’s Out of Mind, Out of Sight for TVO.

Elsewhere, nominees for best reality and competition series include CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada, Slice’s Big Brother Canada and Unusually Thicke, CTV’s MasterChef Canada and Sportsnet 360′s The Ultimate Fighter Nations – Canada vs Australia.

Best factual program nominations, meanwhile, went to Discovery Channel Canada’s Cold Water Cowboys, Knowledge Network’s Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH, History Channel Canada’s Ice Pilots NWT, Travel & Escape’s Scam City and W Network’s Tessa & Scott.

The titles up for best history documentary program or series include History Channel Canada’s 28 Heroes, TVO/Knowledge Network’s Apocalypse WWI, History Channel Canada’s Camp X: Secret Agent School and War Story, and Vision TV’s Who Killed Gandhi?.

Meanwhile, the digital arm of the awards includes best cross-platform non-fiction project nominations for Battle of the Blades – InteractiveBig Brother Canada Digital, CBC Sports: Olympic App, JUNO Tribute Nation and The Wild Canada App.

Finally, nominations for best original program for digital media (non-fiction) went to Ideacom International’s Apocalypse 10 Lives, Coolest Thing Productions’ Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made, the National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) The Devil’s Toy ReduxThe New York Times and NFB’s A Short History of the Highrise, and Stornoway Communications General Partner’s The Transgender Project.

A complete list of CSA theatrical documentary nominations can be found here, while the full list of television nominees are listed here and digital media nominees can be found here.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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