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Leo Awards 2009


Leo Awards FEATURED ON SHAW TV’s THE EXPRESS: TONIGHT!

VANCOUVER, BC – May 12, 2009: Tonight — Tuesday, May 12th – 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm, The Express on Shaw TV will be airing its on-location special of the Leo Awards Official Red Carpet and Gala Awards Ceremony. The show will also air the following day and at various times throughout the year.

Featured on the episode is LEO Award winners Amanda Tapping and Ryan Robbins of Sanctuary, Tyler Labine of Reaper, and Babz Chula of Mothers&Daughters, among the many others captured on the Red Carpet. Outstanding Achievement Award winners, Brad Wright and Robert Cooper of the Stargate franchise, are also featured on the episode. Learn how Brad and Robert’s childhood science fiction obsession led to the highly successful series.

'We are so excited to have Johanna Ward and Shaw TV on board once again this year to produce this exclusive TV special on the Leo Awards,' says Sonny Wong, Leo Awards Producer. 'As in past years, we’re sure that a few Leo Awards dinner parties will be taking place as the community comes together to celebrate this special broadcast.'

Tune in to learn more about BC’s exciting film and television talent on Shaw’s The Express May 12th and for exciting live coverage from the Red Carpet and Gala Awards Ceremony of the Leo Awards 2009!
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Leo Awards WRAPS UP ITS ELEVENTH SEASON

VANCOUVER, BC – May 12, 2009: The red carpet has been rolled up, the stage has been disassembled and the champagne has all been consumed as the eleventh season of Leo Awards announced its winners and wrapped up late Saturday evening.

Members of the BC’s Film and Television industries were met with much fanfare and excitement as they hit the busy red carpet Saturday evening. The celebrations continued throughout the two nights of awards feting the achievements within the industry over the past year.

The Stargate franchise walked away as the big winner of Saturday evening’s Gala Awards with both Stargate Continuum and Stargate Atlantis winning a combined twelve awards. Stargate Continuum’s Brad Wright won Best Screenwriting for a Feature Length Drama and Best Lead Performance went to Michael Shanks. Stargate Atlantis won Best Direction (Robert Cooper), Best Screenwriting (Alan McCollough), Best Cinematography (Michael Blundell) and Best Program (Dramatic Series). Brad Wright and Robert Cooper were also honored, winning a Leo Award for Outstanding Achievement for their work on Stargate.

Sanctuary and Corner Gas came away with four and three awards respectively. Sanctuary’ s Amanda Tapping won for Best Lead Performance in a Dramatic Series while Ryan Robbins and Gabrielle Rose each won for Best Guest Performance. Corner Gas won Best Program, Best Screenwriting and Best Performance (Nancy Robertson) in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program.

'The Leo Awards are proud to provide a forum where B.C.’s talent can be recognized and celebrated,' says Walter Daroshin, Leo Awards President. 'We would like to thank all those who have supported the show and made the eleventh season such a resounding success.'

For a full list of winners from both the Celebration and Gala Awards Ceremonies please click here.
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Leo Awards 2009 Hosts
and Musical Director Announced!

April 29, 2009: Vancouver — Identical twin brothers, Drew Scott and Jonathan Silver Scott will host the 2009 Leo Awards Gala Awards Ceremony taking place on May 9. 'Drew and Jonathan are both charismatic and passionate, and are sure to bring new energy to the 11th Leo Awards programme,' said Walter Daroshin, Leo Awards president.

Drew and Jonathan are heavily involved in BC’s thriving film and television industry. Jonathan, an award-winning illusionist, also produces a wide range of film and television projects, and is currently busy in development of a new live stage show. Drew is a renaissance man, working in many arenas of the entertainment industry as an actor, director and producer. 'We look forward to adding some ‘magic’ to our host duties in an industry that many already think of as magical,' commented Drew.

Meanwhile, renowned DJ, Zak Santiago will serve as musical director for the Gala Awards evening. A talented musician, Santiago also has a special connection to the film and television industry as an actor, having appeared in numerous television programs including the popular Canadian series, Robson Arms. 'George Blondheim has done an enviable job over the past l0 years and I hope to continue in his tradition of excellence – but perhaps with an edgier and more youthful sound,' said Zak.

This year’s Leo Celebration Awards hosting scenario could be summed up in that clichéd Hollywood movie storyline: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy meets boy. The Leos had Ellie Harvie as their host, they lost Ellie Harvie as their host and they gained Gary Jones as their last-minute replacement host.

Gary has been over-staying his welcome at craft service tables, picking the Smarties out of the mixed nuts for over 20 years. Gary looks forward to congratulating Leo winners and nominees alike, to raising a glass to old and new friends and to making up lies about Ellie that she won’t be able to defend because she won’t be there.

page IconFor Leo Awards ticket information please visit our tickets page.
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Pacific Cinémathèque presents
the *5th Annual Leo Awards Film Festival*

April 21, 2009: VancouverYou've seen the film sets all over town, now come celebrate the made-in-BC film and television productions that have earned us the title of Hollywood North! Pacific Cinémathèque presents the 5th Annual Leo Awards Film Festival, where members of the public can share in the remarkable accomplishments of our BC filmmakers — featuring special guests, including nominee producers and directors, who will be in attendance to talk about their films.

2009 Leos highlights include Iron Road, directed by John Woo's former editor David Wu, a vibrant epic about the Chinese workers who built the Canadian Pacific Railway starring Peter O’Toole, Sam Neil, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai (last seen here in the Pacific Cinémathèque presentation of Ashes of Time). Sundance favourite Helen is also featured, with Ashley Judd's riveting performance as a women beset by mental illness and depression. Producer Christine Haebler will be in person to do a Q&A following the film.

Documentary lovers will be pleased to see that there are eight docs in the line-up! Special guests include The Dolphin Dealer producer Leigh Badgley, who will be in attendance to present her provocative film about controversial BC figure Christopher Porter, an exporter of dolphins to various international marine parks. Baljit Sangra's unflinching Warrior Boyz will also be featured in one of its first large-scale screenings. This unbending yet heartfelt doc explores the the root causes of gang violence in Metro BC, a topic that has sadly become especially relevant.

'The quality of our 2009 nominees proves that BC’s film and television industry continues to excel', says Leo Awards president Walter Daroshin. 'Not only is the industry a tremendous economic driver but also a creative force that consistently meets every standard of artistic excellence.'

 

PDF Click here for a 2 for 1 printable Leo Awards Film Fest coupon.


page IconFor more information about the Leo Awards Film Festival, please click here.
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Leo Awards 2009 Tickets Now Available!

April 16, 2009: Vancouver — Tickets for the Leo Awards 2009 Celebration and Gala Awards Ceremonies are now available. This follows the recent announcement of the Leo Awards 2009 nominees, a complete list of which can be viewed at nominees_2009.html.

'Along with the entire film and television community, we enter the second decade of the Leo Awards on a very bright and promising note,' said Walter Daroshin, Leo Awards president. 'There’s confidence and great activity in the industry, and we encourage everyone to share their successes and celebrate with us at this year’s Leo Awards.'

The Leo Awards will also reprise the evening format whereby the awards program will precede dinner service. 'The response to the new evening format last year was tremendous,' said Bernie Melanson, chair, Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of BC, 'By staging the formal part of the program earlier in the evening, our guests are given more time to network and visit with friends, which is part of the fun of the Leo Awards.'

Leo Awards’ winners in 70 categories will be announced at two separate ceremonies where Program and Craft awards will be presented, complemented with two Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Tickets for the Celebration Awards Ceremony are available for $125 and tickets for the Gala Awards Ceremony are available for $200. Students, Leo Awards 2009 jurors and nominees are eligible for reduced price tickets. Ticket order forms can be downloaded from the Leo Awards web site, or tickets may be purchased by calling the Leo Awards office at 604-688-3721 ext. 22. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Leo Awards 2009 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!

April 5, 2009: Vancouver — Nominees for the Leo Awards 2009 were announced today.

The complete list of nominees can be viewed at page Iconleoawards.com/nominees_2009.html.

'The quality of our 2009 nominees proves that BC’s film and television industry continues to excel,' says Leo Awards president Walter Daroshin. 'Not only is the industry a tremendous economic driver but also a creative force that consistently meets every standard of artistic excellence.'

To determine the final nominations, Mr. Lui Petrollini, partner at Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants LLP, tabulated the ballots of 38 jurors who adjudicated 749 eligible entries comprised of 133 program and 616 craft entries. This year marks Mr. Petrollini’s eleventh consecutive year of service to the Leo Awards.

The Leo Awards honour programs in 9 categories including Feature Length Drama; Dramatic Series; Short Drama; Documentary Program or Series (3 streams); Information or Lifestyle Series; Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series; Animation Program or Series; Student Production; and Music Video.

59 Craft awards will also be presented in the categories of Direction, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Picture Editing, Overall Sound, Sound Editing, Musical Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-Up, Visual Effects, and Performance or Host(s).

Winners in 70 categories will be announced at two separate ceremonies where Program and Craft awards will be presented, complemented with two Outstanding Achievement Awards.

'We would like to thank our jurors for their hard work and immense contribution to the Leo Awards,' comments Bernie Melanson, chair, Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of BC. 'We also welcome the entire community to celebrate with us at this year’s events.'
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Leo Awards 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients Announced!

April 1, 2009: Vancouver — Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright, creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis have been selected to receive a Leo Awards 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award. Additionally, a second Outstanding Achievement Award will be given to Jacob Rupp, a celebrated stunt coordinator and stunt actor. All recipients will be honoured on May 9 at the Leo Awards Gala Awards Ceremony.

'Robert and Brad’s achievements with the Stargate franchises have brought international attention and acclaim to BC film and television and, in the process, made them an institution on the West Coast,' says Walter Daroshin, Leo Awards President. 'Meanwhile, Jacob has set the standard for stunt work, long before it became an industry — we look forward to celebrating the achievements of these deserving individuals at the Leo Awards 2009.' Biographies of these individuals, along with their achievements, may be viewed at the Leo Awards web site.

page Iconoutstanding_achievement_awards.html.

Previous recipients include: Mr. Warren Carr (2008), Mr. Terry David Mulligan (2007), Ms Babz Chula (2006), Mr. Bob Scarabelli (post. 2005), Mr. John Juliani (post. 2004), Ms Shelley Gillen (2003), Mr. Crawford Hawkins (2002), Ms Dianne Neufeld (2001), Mr. Michael Francis (2000) and Mr. Daryl Duke (1999). In the Group, Company, or Association category, Outstanding Achievement Awards have been presented to: Insight Film Studios (2007), Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (2006), British Columbia Film Commission (2005), Union of BC Performers (2004), BC Council of Film Unions (2003), Women in Film & Video Vancouver (2002), CBC Television – British Columbia (2001), Pacific Centre of the National Film Board (2000) and British Columbia Film (1999).
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Leo Awards 2009 Entries Continue to Impress

February 27, 2009: Vancouver — Following the close of entries for the Leo Awards 2009, the BC film and television awards program has received a total of 749 eligible entries, comprised of 133 program and 616 craft award entries.

'Exceeding the number of entries from 2008 indicates a healthy industry as well as support for the Leo Awards program,' said Walter Daroshin, Leo Awards president. 'Following on the heals of our 10th Anniversary, this is a tremendous way to start our second decade — despite the current economic climate.'

The number of eligible entries received for the Leo Awards 2009 will result in a total of 76 awards that will be handed out this year, including one Outstanding Achievement Award.

Adjudication for the Leo Awards has already commenced. Ernst & Young, Chartered Accountants, will once again tabulate the results to determine the nominees for the Leo Awards 2009. Nominees will be announced in early April and will be posted on the Leo Awards web site www.leoawards.com.

The Leo Awards 2009 are sponsored by Northwest Imaging & FX, ACFC West, Deluxe and Kodak Motion Picture Film.

The Leo Awards were established in 1998 to celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and television. The Leo Awards 2009 Celebration and Gala Awards Ceremonies take place May 8 and 9 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver.

The Leo Awards are a project of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, and produced by Troika Productions Inc. and Events One.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Leo Awards 2009

Entry deadline:
February 2nd, 2009
— For all programs completed between January 1 – December 31, 2008

For more information email [email protected] or
call the Leo Awards at 604.688.4875

CELEBRATION AWARDS CEREMONY - Friday, May 8th, 2009
GALA AWARDS CEREMONY - Saturday, May 9th, 2009
Westin Bayshore Vancouver