I’m receiving the WIFTV Encore Vancouver Newcomer Spotlight Award

It’s been a pretty good run the last couple of months with numerous accolades and awards stacking up on my office shelf for YOUNG & RECKLESS.

It feels pretty stellar to also be receiving The Encore Vancouver Newcomer Award from the Women in Film & Television Spotlight Awards. Read the press release.

Established in 1999, the Spotlight Awards™ have brought together the BC Film community to celebrate the outstanding achievements of BC women in screen-based media. 

This year’s award recipients are Liz Shorten, Tara Armstrong, Maja Aro, Karin Lee, Meg Thornton, Mark Leiren-Young, Paul Armstrong, Shauna Johannesen, Brianne Nord-Stewart, Lucia Cheung, Valerie Creighton, Heather Conway, & Carolle Brabant. Our award recipients have shown outstanding dedication, effort and ability behind the scenes, or behind the camera, and have made a significant impact on the screen-based media industry as leaders in their field and as advocates for women in the industry. WIFTV is proud to celebrate their contributions. 

Want to find out more about who these other fabulous people are, and what we’re all winning? Head to www.womeninfilm.com

A big thank you to the Telus Optik Local and Storyhive teams for nominating me for the award in the first place, and for financing both YOUNG & RECKLESS (www.ynrtheseries.com) and the upcoming THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING.

The Spotlight Awards Gala
Date: June 20, 2017
Location: Performance Works, Granville Island
Time: Red Carpet at 7pm, Awards and Gala Party at 8pm
Buy Tickets: Click HERE.

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According to IMDB, I’m in the top five of female Canadian directors? Sweet!

So. I made this list, and also seem to be kinda close to the top of it. That’s cool.

Top Canadian Female Directors” according to someone at IMDB?

#1 – Sarah Polley

#2 – Deepa Mehta

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Guess who’s #5? CLICK HERE
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I’ll think about putting up a picture for the future…

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YOUNG & RECKLESS picked up FOUR awards at T.O. Webfest and The Mics this weekend!

The YOUNG & RECKLESS team had a pretty stellar weekend taking home four trophies in two cities. Over on the east coast at the T.O. Webfest in Toronto, YOUNG & RECKLESS won Best Comedy and Best Supporting Performance by Sierra Pitkin.
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Over in Calgary at the 1st annual ​The MICs International Awards Gala For YouthSierra Pitkin was awarded Best Actress in a Web Based Series in the 15-20 age category for her role as OLIVIA. Paige Bateman was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Webseries for her role as STACEY, OLIVIA’s fierce best friend and sidekick.

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Sierra Pitkin (L) & Paige Bateman (R) with awards they won for their performances in the YOUNG & RECKLESS series

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Jason Leaver (Out with Dad) & Brianne Nord-Stewart (Young & Reckless) at T.O. Webfest’s opening night party at CN Tower

Paige also won Best Actress in a Short Film for LOVE, COLIN, and Sierra also won an award for her Special FX Make-Up work! Keep up to date with Paige’s work on her IMDB and Facebook pages. Keep up to date with Sierra’s work on her IMDB page.

All in all, it was a big rad weekend full of industry pats on the back for us and a number of fantastic other series.. I highly recommend checking out some of the titles at T.O. Webfest including: The New Adventures of Brobot Johnson by Darian Dauchan, Out With Dad by Jason Leaver, That’s My DJ (season 2) by D.W. Waterson, and High Life by Luke Eve & Glen Dolman. All of these shows picked up awards and they really really deserved it!

You can also watch all 5 episodes of YOUNG & RECKLESS show RIGHT NOW on Vimeo or YouTube or by heading to www.YnRtheseries.com

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YOUNG & RECKLESS receives four nominations for the upcoming T.O. Webfest

The good news just keeps on coming in! Not only is YOUNG & RECKLESS selected at T.O. Webfest, we’re also nominated for FOUR awards!

  • Best Comedy
  • Best Sound Design – Gregor Phillips
  • Best Supporting Performance – Sierra Pitkin
  • Best Canadian Story

I will be in attendance and we can’t wait! Congrats to the entire team. I will safely carry the trophies back if we’re fortunate enough to win one.

We’re nominated alongside some very strong series which you can check out by CLICKING HERE.

Not in Toronto? Can’t wait to watch it? Watch the show RIGHT NOW at www.YnRtheseries.com

Catch us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @YnRtheseries

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Beat Around the Bush has been Officially Selected at the 17th Nickel Independent Film Festival !

The Nickel Independent Film Festival has officially selected BEAT AROUND THE BUSH for their 17th year!

17th nickel independent film festival 2017The festival runs from Tuesday June 20th to Saturday June 24, 2017 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The Nickel showcases films from Canada and around the world, and and offers screenings, workshops, Q&A’s, and receptions. 

This is the second time the Nickel has programmed my work. The first was in 2011 with TROLLS. Glad to see they still like awkward comedies about sex and coming of age!

Follow @NickelFestival on Twitter and @BATBthemovie on Facebook and Twitter.

YOUNG & RECKLESS is Officially Selected and Nominated at Melbourne WebFest

Having lived in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 while going to film school and actually learning how to make actually good films, I’m proud to be saying that FOR THE FIRST TIME my work will be screening at a Melbourne festival.

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We’re lucky to not only be officially selected by the Melbourne WebFest, but YOUNG & RECKLESS is also nominated for Best International Comedy Series and is eligible for the $1,000 AUD cash prize for People’s Choice Award (by an online poll), the$1,500 Grand Jury Award, and the Crowd Favourite Award, which will be voted on by the attendees of the festival.

 

“Melbourne WebFest is Australia’s international web series festival. MWF was the fourth festival of its kind in the world, and remains the biggest celebration of web series in the Southern Hemisphere…Melbourne WebFest is working to acknowledge digital screen producers and is creating a hub for networking and professional development in the heart of Melbourne… The festival includes screenings, keynotes, discussion panels, masterclasses, and, a live pitching competition.

The festival runs June 29-July 2nd, 2017. To find out more or buy tickets CLICK HERE.

Watch the entire first season right now a www.YnRtheseries.com and catch us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @YnRtheseries

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Creatortown podcast shouts out Young & Reckless for T.O. Fest!

Are you a fan of podcasts? Like creative and interesting things with funny and entertaining hosts?

Check out the podcast Creatortown, and their mention in episode 6 of YOUNG & RECKLESS which is heading to T.O. Webfest in Toronto at the end of this month! I’m looking forward to hanging out with these voices.

Watch YOUNG & RECKLESS right now at www.Ynrtheseries.com

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Beat Around the Bush selected by Maremetraggio Shorts International Film Festival

The 18th Annual Shorts International Festival is a festival that only screens films that have previously won awards, and I’m happy to announce that BEAT AROUND THE BUSH has been officially selected. The festival runs July 1st-8th in Trieste, Italy and having been there myself once (whilst hitchhiking across Europe), I would love to go again!

For a list of selected films visit their website.

This will be the second film that I have directed that has played here. My short TROLLS, screened in 2011.

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Cast members of YOUNG & RECKLESS are nominated for The 1st Annual Mics Awards!

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(L to R) Paige Bateman as STACEY, Sierra Pitkin as OLIVIA, and Devon Ferguson as DEVON in “Young & Reckless”

A big congrats from myself and the whole YOUNG & RECKLESS team to Sierra Pitkin who plays OLIVIA, and Paige Bateman who plays STACEY, for their 1st annual ​The MICs International Awards Gala For Youth nominations for their work on YOUNG & RECKLESS.

The Mics mission is to “recognize, honour and reward Canadian and International youth in achieving excellence in the entertainment industry.”

Sierra is nominated for Best Actress in a Web based Series in the 15-20 age category. Paige is nominated for Best Actress in a Webseries for a Principal/Supporting Role. Both are talents to be reckoned with. Paige was 11-years-old playing a 13-year-old when we shot the show last spring, and she’s a top notch professional, no doubt about it.

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Sierra Pitkin is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

Paige Bateman is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alongside Sierra for Best Actress are Jaslyn Collis (SHIFT THE SHOW), and Cassandra Tusa (JENNY & JEFF). Alongside Paige for Best Supporting, the nominees are Roxy Bellum (ULTIMATE TRAP), Amy Polczer (LAME PARENTS), and Jaslyn Collis (A.N.X.O.).

Paige is also nominated for Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (LOVE, COLIN), Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (EVERYBODY SAYS), Young Filmmaker/Director Ages 5-11 (PAIGE’S PANTRY), Best Actress Short Film Age 10 (EVIL PLANS)

The Mics will be held May 27th, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Keep up to date with Paige’s work on her IMDB and Facebook pages. Keep up to date with Sierra’s work on her IMDB page.

You can watch YOUNG & RECKLESS at 35,000 feet when you fly with Air Canada, or you can watch it a sea level by heading to www.YnRtheseries.com

Congratulations and good luck to all The Mics nominees.

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YOUNG & RECKLESS Wins Best International Webseries at Pilot Light TV Fest!

I just got word from the head of the Pilot Light UK TV Fest in Manchester that YOUNG & RECKLESS won Best International Web Series this weekend!
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Young & Reckless is the 2017 Pilot Light TV Fest Best International Web Series Winner

“On Saturday 6th May at MCR Central Library as part of Pilot Light TV Festival Season 2 we held our very first awards ceremony for our TV Pilots and Web Series content that were in competition, and what a competition it was! The quality of the content submitted to us for this Season was incredibly high and came in from all corners of the globe. It was very hard for our programming team to narrow the selection down to our lineup, let alone judge our very first awards. That being said we feel all of our winners (and nominees) should be proud of themselves and we cannot wait to see where their projects head next.”

Watch the show NOW: www.vimeo.com/channels/ynrtheseries

The nominees for International webseries included: Self-Help Junkie (USA), Hani’s Barber Shop (IL), The Play of My Life (AR), Trudy Cheesecake in Miracle World (FR), Young & Reckless (CAN), Brewstars (CAN), Tinder is The Night (USA), Zyara (LB), Out With Dad (CAN) by my new best friend Jason Leaver from Hollyweb Festival!

Jason Leaver (Out With Dad), and Brianne Nord-Stewart (Young & Reckless) at the Hollyweb Fest 2017 Awards Ceremony

Huge congrats to all the winners and the nominees, we wish we could have been in attendance!

Find out more about the festival at www.pilotlightfestival.co.uk

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