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Canadian Screen Week Beginsby Ralph Lucas, Publisher

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Canadian Screen Week Begins
by Ralph Lucas, Publisher

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(February 24, 2015 – Toronto, ON) With the Oscars® all said and done, except for the lingering armchair critics, attention in Canada should shift to the Canadian Screen Awards which launch the first of three nights of award ceremonies tonight in this city. Tonight`s awards are for the nuts and bolts of television. By that I mean, and say with respect, the solid bits and pieces of television we can always rely on: news, sports and lifestyle programming. But here`s two quick questions. First, name any five films that were competing for an Academy Award. Now, name the five films that are competing for a Canadian Screen Award.

We expect our regular visitors will do better than the average Canadian. We suspect that the average person in the street has little or no knowledge of which Canadian films are up for an award and that tells us that neither Northernstars nor the industry itself is doing a good enough job promoting our national industry.

The problem remains one of distribution. Canadian films rarely get the same screen time that the big Hollywood blockbusters do. Of the five films that are up for an Award this year — they’ll be handed out on Sunday night — at least one was never seen outside Québec. Here are the titles of the five nominated films:

Cast No Shadow – Chris Agoston, Christian Sparkes, Allison White (producers)
Fall – Mehernaz Lentin (producer)
In Her Place – Igor Drljaca, Yoon Hyun Chan, Albert Shin (producers)
Maps To The Stars – Martin Katz, Michel Merkt, Said Ben Said (producers)
Mommy – Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant (producers)
Tu dors Nicole – Luc Déry, Kim McGraw (producers)

A quick search for Tu dors Nicole on Tribute.ca produced this response: “Your search did not return any results in movies.” A search for information about In Her Place indicates the film opened in Toronto earlier this month and is now playing in Toronto and Calgary. Because it was made and screened at various festivals in 2014 it qualified for the judges, but if the general, non-festival filmgoer has yet to see it, what good is an award or even a nomination that might arrive as the film finishes its miniscule run in a tiny handful of cinemas across this vast nation?

Getting back to the TV awards tonight and tomorrow night, it is clear this is the most successful part of our on-screen industries. Building up weekly audiences, often in the million-plus range, television shows provide a solid foundation and a reguar paycheque for producers, directors and actors. Here are a couple of lists for the TV shows that are in the running for awards:

These are the programs in the running for the Shaw media Award for Best Dramatic Series:
19-2 on Bravo! (Bell Media)
Continuum on Showcase (Shaw Media)
Motive on CTV (Bell Media)
Orphan Black on Space (Bell Media)
Remedy on Global (Shaw Media)

The nominees for the Bell Media Award for Best Comedy Series include:
Call Me Fitz on TMN / Movie Central (Bell Media / Corus Entertainment)
Mr. D on CBC (CBC)
Seed on City (Rogers Media)
Spun Out on CTV (Bell Media) (
Tiny Plastic Men on Super Channel (Allarco)

And, looking ahead to Sunday night`s Broadcast Gala presentation, here are the nominees in a number of different film categories:

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