BC film biz celebrates indie & service work at Leo Awards red carpet gala

If you needed a reminder that the British Columbia film and television industry is both a top-tier service provider and rich with boundary-pushing independent filmmakers, you got it at the 2017 Leo Awards red carpet gala.

Now in its 19th year, the Leo Awards recognize achievements in the BC screen scene. 113 Leos were handed out this year over three ceremonies and two weekends, culminating on Sunday with the annual Red Carpet Gala, held in a cavernous ballroom in the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Actor and comedian Peter Kelamis (Beyond) presided over the event, which saw trophies handed out to cast and crew from independent motion pictures, locally shot American and Canadian television series, and narrative short films.

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Hello Destroyer – Vancouver director Kevan Funk’s critically acclaimed deep-dive into violence and hockey culture – was the big winner of the night, taking home Leos for Best Motion Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenwriting, and Best Lead Performance by a Male for its star, Jared Abrahamson. Connor Gaston’s The Cameraman won Best Short Drama in the narrative short category, while 2016 Crazy8s stand-out I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them (a horror rom-com about a woman who is an accountant by day and a serial killer by night) won Best Direction for Joel Ashton McCarthy and Best Performance by a Female for Alex Duncan.

Both Funk and McCarthy used their acceptance speeches to encourage the capacity crowd to value and pursue Canadian stories.

Audience Network’s Rogue took Best Dramatic Series, while Lifetime’s Toni Braxton biopic Toni Braxton: Unbreak my Heart won Best Television Movie. Veteran director and Officer of the Order of Canada Anne Wheeler (Bye Bye Blues) won the Leo Award for Best Direction in a Television Movie for Stop the Wedding. And gala host Kelamis took home the Leo for his portrayal of The Man in the Yellow Jacket on Freeform’s sci-fi series Beyond.

Peruse the full results below.

MOTION PICTURE

Best Motion Picture

Hello Destroyer

Haydn Wazelle, Daniel Domachowski - Producers

Best Direction in a Motion Picture

Kevan Funk

Hello Destroyer

Best Screenwriting in a Motion Picture

Kevan Funk

Hello Destroyer

Best Casting in a Motion Picture

Maureen Webb

Little Pink House

Best Stunt Coordination in a Motion Picture

Kimani Ray Smith

Fist Fight

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture

Eli Goree

Race

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture

Leah Gibson

Lost Solace

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture

Jared Abrahamson

Hello Destroyer

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture

Jessica McLeod

The Hollow Child

TELEVISION MOVIE

Best Television Movie

Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart

Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, Craig Baumgarten, Toni Braxton, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Marcus Grant, Erik Kritzer, David Katsman - Producers

Best Direction in a Television Movie

Anne Wheeler

Stop The Wedding

Best Screenwriting in a Television Movie

James Phillips, Doug Barber

Swept Under

Best Casting in a Television Movie

Jackie Lind

Who Killed JonBenét?

Best Stunt Coordination in a Television Movie

Garvin Cross

Legends Of The Hidden Temple

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Television Movie

Ty Olsson

A Surrogates Nightmare

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Television Movie

Johannah Newmarch

Pretty Little Dead Girl

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Television Movie

Dan Payne

A Time To Dance

SHORT DRAMA

Best Short Drama

The Cameraman

Arnold Lim, Connor Gaston - Producers

Best Direction in a Short Drama

Joel Ashton McCarthy

I Love You So Much It's Killing Them

Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama

Neil Labute

Black Chicks

Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama

David Cubitt

Black Chicks

Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama

Alex Duncan

I Love You So Much It's Killing Them

DRAMATIC SERIES

Best Dramatic Series

Rogue

John Morayniss, Matthew Parkhill, Robert Petrovicz, Nick Hamm - Producers

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

Steven A. Adelson

12 Monkeys - Lullaby

Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series

Rachel Langer

This Life - Well Fought, My Love

Best Casting in a Dramatic Series

Judy Lee

The Romeo Section - A Rigged Game

Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series

Curtis Braconnier, Eli Zagoudakis

Arrow - What We Leave Behind

Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series

Mackenzie Gray

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Rogue Wall Enthusiasts

Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series

Jennifer Spence

Travelers - Grace

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series

Peter Kelamis

Beyond - The Man In The Yellow Jacket

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series

Chelah Horsdal

The Man in the High Castle - Fallout

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series

Jonathan Scarfe

Van Helsing - Help Me

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series

Kristin Lehman

Motive - Natural Selection

STUDENT PRODUCTION

Best Student Production

Dollar King

Drew Pollins - Producer

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