Sudbury– This year’s Canadian Screen Awards nominations once again show that Northern Ontario has become a major player in film and television production in this country. In total, productions filmed in the north grabbed 45 nominations, including 26 for television and 19 for films.
“This is great for the film and television sector in Northern Ontario,” said CION’s Rob Riselli. “These nominations show that not only are we producing some of the best content in Canada today, but also the quality of our talent and crew base here in the north.”
Once again CTV’s Cardinal (North Bay) and had an amazing showing, nabbing 14 nominations including best drama series. While Crave’s Letterkenny (Sudbury) scored 10 nominations including the best comedy series. CTV’s Carter (North Bay) picked up another two nominations.
Films shot in the north also did well with this year’s CSAs. The Parry Sound filmed Riot Girls received five nominations, tied with Goalie which was shot in Sudbury. James vs His Future Self that not only shot was filmed in Sudbury but also had its premiere at this past year’s Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival, received four nominations.
Prey (Sudbury), picked up two nominations, including best documentary. Brotherhood, a film shot in the Michipicoten First Nation also received two nominations, while Audience of Chairs (Sudbury) received one.
“These nominations represent a small, albeit notable, fraction of production activity occurring across Northern Ontario,” said Riselli. “Thanks to the wonderful support of all levels of government, as well as the talent and hard work of the people in this region, Northern Ontario will continue to produce from best film and television in Canada for years to come.”
Over the past six years, Northern Ontario has attracted 180 productions with production budgets over $750 million, making the North one of the fastest-growing film markets in North America.
The Canadian Screen Awards will be handed out on March 29th and will air on CBC.