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2010 Press Releases

Five Canadian Producers Shortlisted For CMPA $10,000 Feature Film Prize

Toronto, September 1, 2021 – Award-winning Canadian producer Kevin Tierney today announced the shortlist for the 5th Annual CMPA (formerly CFTPA) Feature Film Producer's Award as chair of the national jury, and last year’s recipient. The winner receives a cash prize of $10,000 at a special reception to mark the opening of the 35th Toronto International Film Festival® on September 9th.

The award was founded in partnership with the Festival in 2006 to recognize the vision and entrepreneurship of an outstanding Canadian producer whose body of work demonstrates commitment and passion for the profession.

"These nominees are selected from an impressive array of 2010 Toronto International Film Festival producers,” says Kevin Tierney. “They represent experience and passion, artistic aspirations and box office acumen, the whole deal.”

“I congratulate the five nominees for the Canadian Media Production Association’s Feature Film Producer’s Award,” says Norm Bolen, President and CEO, CMPA. “Now in its fifth year, this cash prize recognizes the talent and dedication it takes to get a story idea from conception to viewing it on the big screen.   This festival offers a special opportunity to showcase great Canadian stories.”

More than 29 eligible Canadian films are being screened at the festival this year.  The jury was asked to narrow the field to five nominees. Joining jury Chair Kevin Tierney (President, Park Ex Pictures) was Michael Kennedy (Executive Vice-President, Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment LP), Kari Skogland (Filmmaker, Skogland Films Ltd.), Julia Rosenberg (Producer, January Films Limited) and Judy Gladstone (Executive Director, BravoFACT!

The Nominees for the 2010 CMPA Feature Film Producer's Award are:

Roger Frappier, Crying out, (A L'origine d'un cri)
Production Company:  Max Films
Filmography: Dède-à-travers les Brumes (Dede Through the Mist), Borderline, Seducing Doctor Lewis (La Grande Seduction), Cosmos, Maelstrom, Chaos and Desire (La turbulence des Fluides), Jesus of Montreal, Night Zoo (Un zoo la nuit),
The Decline of the American Empire (Le declin de l'empire americain).

Daniel Iron, The Bang Bang Club
Production Company: Foundry Films
Filmography: Cairo Time, Act of Dishonour, Act of God, Away From Her, Manufactured Landscapes, Fido, Childstar, The Saddest Music in the World, Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, Last Night, The Red Violin, Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Jennifer Jonas,   Trigger
Production Company: New Real Films
Filmography: Leslie, My Name is Evil, Hungry Hills, Otto; or, Up with Dead People, Toronto Stories, All Hat, Monkey Warfare, Cake, Sugar, The Perfect Son.

Michael McGowan, Score: A Hockey Musical
Production Company: Mulmur Feed Co.
Filmography: One Week, Left Coast, Saint Ralph, Henry’s World, My Dog Vincent.

Denise Robert, Route 132
Production Company: Cinémaginaire
Filmography: Father and Guns (De père en flic), Days of Darkness (L’âge des ténèbres), The Rocket (Maurice Richard), Alys Robi… Bittersweet Memories (Ma vie en cinémascope), The Barbarian Invasions (Les invasions barbares), Mambo Italiano, The Widow of Saint-Pierre (La Veuve de Saint-Pierre), The Confessional (Le confessionnal).

 About the CMPA:
The CMPA represents the interests of screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and new media content in all regions of Canada. Our almost 400 member companies are significant employers of Canadian creative talent and assume the financial and creative risk of developing original content for Canadian and international audiences. Independent production companies generate a large majority of the $5 billion of production activities that occurs each year, and maintain 160,000 high-quality jobs.

About TIFF
TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. TIFF generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD and currently employs more than 100 full-time staff and 500 part-time and seasonal staff, and counts upon the largesse of over 2,000 volunteers year-round.

About TIFF Bell Lightbox
Currently under construction, TIFF Bell Lightbox, a breathtaking five-storey complex located in downtown Toronto, will provide a permanent home for film lovers to celebrate cinema from around the world and will propel TIFF forward as an international leader in film culture. Designed by innovative architecture firm KPMB, TIFF Bell Lightbox’s fluid structure encourages exploration, movement and play. The campaign to build TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by lead sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the King and John Festival Corporation – consisting of the Reitman family and the Daniels Corporation – RBC as major sponsor and official bank, major sponsor BlackBerry, Visa†, the Copyright Collective of Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, The Daniels Corporation, NBC Universal Canada, the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, the Harbinger Foundation, Mackenzie Financial, CIBC and BMO. The Board of Directors, staff and many generous individuals and corporations have also contributed to the campaign. For more information on the TIFF Bell Lightbox campaign, visit

For further information contact:
Anne Trueman, Director, Communications and Media, CMPA
T: (613) 233-1444 x 227,  C: (613) 851-4538, [email protected]

Communications Department, Toronto International Film Festival
T: (416) 934-3200 or [email protected]

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