Canadian Film and Television Producers announce Indie Award Winners

    Away from Her, Saving Luna, Designer Guys, Durham County,
    and others pick up top awards

    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Oscar darling is also an "Indie"
darling. Away from Her picked up an Indie Award for Best Feature Film at the
first annual Indie Awards from the Canadian Film and Television Producers,
    The first annual celebration of Canadian independent producers in film,
television, and new media recognized outstanding Canadian producer achievement
in ten categories of the film, television and new media industry.

    In a special ceremony in Ottawa in front of more than 600 industry
leaders and guests, the following winners were announced:

    - Best Children's and Youth Programme or Series, Generation XXL, by
      2151 Film & Television
    - Best Comedy Programme or Series, Moose TV, Rezolution Pictures
    - Best Convergent New Media,, by Smiley Guy Studios
    - Best Documentary Programme or Series, Saving Luna, by Mountainside
      Films Ltd.
    - Best Feature Film, Away From Her, Pulling Focus Pictures/Foundry Films
    - Best Lifestyle or Reality Programme or Series, Designer Guys, WestWind
      Pictures Ltd.
    - Best Mini-Series, October 1970, Barna-Alper Productions Inc.
    - Best Prime Time Drama Series, Durham County, Back Alley Film
      Productions Ltd.
    - Best TV Movie, In God's Country, Shaftesbury Films Inc.
    - Jury's Choice Award, Radiant City, Burns Film Ltd.

    "The CFTPA is immensely proud to announce the winners of the first annual
Indie Awards for Canadian independent producers in film, television and new
media", said Guy Mayson, President of the CFTPA. "Canadian producers have long
made their marks by creating dynamic, entertaining, award-winning film,
television and digital content that is being watched by millions of viewers at
home in Canada and around the globe, and we were pleased to create these
awards to celebrate that excellence".
    The 2008 CFTPA Indie Award winners were selected by a national jury of
industry professionals and are specifically intended to celebrate independent
producers of high-quality programming. An independent producer is considered
to be the person(s) who created and/or developed the project being submitted
for consideration; structured its financing; worked hand in hand with its
writers and story editors; hired and managed the creative talent and crews to
help turn the story into the program; oversaw the post production process;
controlled the exploitation of the rights; delivered the finished product;
and, oversaw the publicity and marketing efforts for the program domestically
and internationally.
    The awards ceremony was the launch event for the CFTPA's Prime Time in
Ottawa - a must-attend industry event with over 600 delegates from all regions
of the country. Sold-out each year, Prime Time in Ottawa plays host a broad
cross-section of the production industry, as well as broadcasters,
distributors, exhibitors, cable and satellite providers, government officials
and the national media.

    The CFTPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of
almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of
English-language television programs, feature films, and interactive media
products in all regions of Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Brinton, Director of Communications and
Media, CFTPA, T: (613) 233-1444 x 227, C: (613) 292-0933,;

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