(March 17, 2009 - Toronto, Ontario) -- The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the recipients of three special awards prior to the 29th Annual Genies, which will take place in Ottawa on Saturday, April 4th.
The awards, announced late yesterday, include the Golden Reel Award, which goes to the Canadian film that earned the most at the box office, along with the Claude Jutra Award and the Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make Up.
There is little surprise that this year's Golden Reel will go to Passchendaele. The World War One saga was produced by Niv Fichman, Frank Siracusa, Francis Damberger and actor-writer-director, Paul Gross. It took in more than $4.4 million in box office receipts. In addition to the Golden Reel Award, Passchendaele has been nominated for a total of six Genie Awards.
Niv Fichman has more than 25 years experience and some 200 documentaries, television and feature films to his name. His long list of previous successes includes Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould and The Red Violin for which Fichman won an Oscar.
As a producer, Frank Siracusa has amassed an impressive list of credits as well as several awards including a Daytime Emmy, Best Cable Movie at both the Chicago International Children's Film Festival and the Young Artists Awards.
Francis Damberger is an award-winning filmmaker whose first feature film, On The Edge, was nominated for four Genie Awards including a win for Best Supporting Actor. Damberger has also directed episodes of Due South, Jake and the Kid and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
Paul Gross is one of Canada's most popular actors and is usually identified with his role as Constable Benton Fraser on the multi award-winning drama series Due South. Gross was honoured with two Gemini Awards for Best Actor, and one for his writing on the series, which he also executive produced during the final season
This year's winner of the highly coveted Claude Jutra Award is Yves-Christian Fournier for his directorial debut of Tout Est Parfait/Everything Is Fine. This annual Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a first-time feature film director and was established in 1993 in honour of renowned Quebec director, the late Claude Jutra. Tout Est Parfait/Everything Is Fine, which was produced by Nicole Robert, has a total of seven Genie Award nominations.
A graduate of the film and communications program at UQAM, Fournier started his career as an editor for several established directors before going on to writing and directing many short films. Over the past few years Yves-Christian Fournier has built a stellar reputation in the advertising world, thanks to memorable campaigns for Sleeman, Molson and Volkswagen.
Finally, the Academy will present a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-Up Design to the three main people responsible for the special make-up used in the Québec film Cruising Bar 2. Directed by Robert Ménard and Michel Côté and featuring Michel Côté, the make-up was created by Bruno Gatien, Marie-France Guy and Adrien Morot who together are bring recognized for their exceptional make-up, prosthetic and tattoo work on actor Michel Côté for the four distinct characters he played in the film.
Montreal native Adrien Morot has been a special effects enthusiast since childhood and designed make-up on his own even before working professionally. The founder of Maestro Studio, he is considered one of the industry's most inventive special effects artists. His long list of credits includes films such as Night at Museum, The Mummy 3, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, 300, L'Âge des ténèbres, The Punisher: War Zone and The Fountain.
Marie-France Guy has worked in the make-up industry since 1989. After honing her skills as a special effects assistant for 15 years, she added beauty make-up to her repertoire and has worked as head make-up artist for the past five years. Her credits for special effects make-up include Gothika, Secret Window, Cruising Bar, Death Race and others. As head artist, she has worked on films such as La Peau Blanche, Saints-Martyrs-des-damnés, and Truffe. She is currently working on Tromper le silence.
Bruno Gatien began as an assistant make-up artist 18 years ago, before he met Adrien Morot. Since then he has worked on such films as Le Collectionneur, Aurore, Maelstrom, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Horloge biologique, Surviving My Mother, Cadavres, Battlefield Heart, Night at the Museum, The Fountain, SpiderWick Chronicles and Mummy 3. He is currently working with the special effects make-up team on a French production shooting in Europe.
The 2009 Genie Awards will be broadcast on Saturday, April 4 at 9pm ET/PT on Global and IFC.