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Telefilm Golden Box Office Award Event

I had a chance to attend Telefilm’s second annual Golden Box Office Award event last week which honoured the highest grossing English-language Canadian film Splice.

Writer Doug Taylor (Naked Josh) and director Vincenzo Natali (Cube) were awarded $40,000 in cash prizes for their work on the film which grossed $2.1 million in Canada and $26.9 million world-wide. First Weekend Club’s attendance was recognized as an integral force in creating awareness for Canadian theatrical releases.

Last year’s award was presented to the writer & director of Trailer Park Boys:Countdown to Liquor Day which grossed $2.9 million in Canada. The awards ceremony was held in a garage in Halifax. This year the event was held in a small genetics lab at Mount Sinai Hospital drawing on the subject matter and tone of Splice. It was definitely memorable and a great way to showcase a real Canadian success story.

Natali extended many  thanks to Telefilm, saying that the film could not have been made without their continued support.

“Making movies is much like making a monster, you don’t know what terror you’ve wrought until it has escaped from the lab. The fact that Splice was a box office success in its native country is another testament to Telefilm’s foresight and their faith in Canadian filmmakers to produce popular entertainment. Without their support this strange but beautiful creature could never have come to life.”



Genies 2011 - Ottawa

I joined First Weekend Club at the Genie Awards this year in Ottawa. It was a really lively event with William Shatner hosting and some amazing musical performances.

The atmosphere was very intimate and gave me a chance to meet a lot of wonderful people. I even had a chance to talk to Denis Villeneuve, asking him why he had taken a four year break after making his second feature "Maelstrom". Apparently he took the time to go back to school for screenwriting and to spend time with his kids. It goes to show that the mad rush we're all in to get a film made isn't always the best approach. After the 4 year break he made Polytechnique and then Incendies right after. Amazing.

I also had a hilarious conversation with Tyler Labine - a Brampton-based actor and music producer. Hopefully some future comedic collaborations will come out of that. I had a chance to sit down with a fellow Ryerson grad who had a short film nominated for the second year in a row. However my producer friend Lori Lozinski and her team snagged the short film prize this year with their zombie, residential school musical "Savage". It was great to see them recognized!


Actor Anna Hardwick, Adriana Maggs (Genie Nominee, Best Original Screenplay for Grown Up Movie Star), me and Kelsey Matheson (Director of Operations, First Weekend Club) 


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Here's a great write up Anna did of the event: 31st Annual Genie Awards - More Fun Than The Oscars



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