The Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards

June 27 - 29, 2024

Click the dropdown sections below for individual ticket options!

NOMFA 2024 Award Ceremony & Industry Networking Trade Show
(Sponsored by Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival)
Saturday, June 29 @ 5 PM
Place des Arts

Fancy garbs. Beautiful venue. Incredible talent from across Northern Ontario. It’s time to celebrate northern excellence together. The official NOMFA 2024 award ceremony is a captivating 3 hours of glamour that begins with an industry networking pre-party at Place des Arts, featuring food and drink, demonstrations from regional, provincial, and national industry vendors, along with exciting demonstrations of new and upcoming tech that support music and filmmaking. The award ceremony puts center stage the creative endeavors achieved by talented storytellers in Northern Ontario’s music and screen-based sectors.

All NOMFA 2024 award winners will be revealed during this celebration.

Registration & Industry Networking
Friday, June 28 @ 9 AM – 12 PM
Place des Arts

Kick off the first full day of NOMFA activities at the Place des Arts Bistro, where the worlds of music and film unite for a morning of networking with industry delegates, including technical demonstrations from regional, provincial, and national industry vendors. Take the opportunity to pick up your NOMFA accreditation, learn about the weekend’s events, initiate conversations with industry peers, and catch a delicious snack courtesy of the Bistro.

 

The Art of Songwriting: Live Pitch Session
Saturday, June 29 @ 1 PM
McEwen School of Architecture

Work with music industry heavy weights to develop the soundtrack of your next hit. This session focuses on decoding the creative process, offering constructive criticism, new ideas, and industry tips toward locking in the finer details on some big ideas. Participating artists will be joined by a selection of their peers and can bounce ideas off each other in a roundtable setting. In addition to nominees, musicians can apply to participate in the session through the application form below.

Art of Songwriting Application Form

 

The Art of Storytelling: Live Pitch Session
Friday, June 28 @ 2 PM
McEwen School of Architecture

You’re one step closer to bringing your script to life. Present your latest Northern Ontario-based film or television pitch to a panel of industry professionals, including executives, funders, and key decision makers, and receive real-time feedback you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to nominees, filmmakers can apply to participate in the session through the application form below.

Art of Storytelling Application Form

 

Amplifying Northern Numbers: New Options for Music Makers 
Friday, June 28 @ 3 PM
McEwen School of Architecture

This Q&A session introduces you to music industry experts who know the ins-and-outs of the Canadian music industry from a business perspective – especially when it comes to choosing the right tunes to pair with film and television projects. Panelists will address common questions about music licensing, syncing, and clearances, while deep diving into proven methods that can help Northern Ontario artists get their soundtracks into digital media projects like film, television, and commercials.

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Some Assembly Required: Deconstructing Music Funding 
Friday, June 28 @ 5 PM
McEwen School of Architecture

The know-how to trigger funding in the music industry is a sought-after skill – second only, perhaps, to creating music that resonates with audiences around the world. Join this panel discussion helmed by a group of industry experts who will make clear the muddy waters of grant systems and provide you with the knowledge to tap into new resources that can help create, distribute, and promote new works.

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Music & Film Business Circle and Brunch
Friday, June 28 @ 10 AM
McEwen School of Architecture

Book a 1-to-1 meeting with music or film industry professionals to answer questions and gain feedback on taking your upcoming projects to the next level.

The session will start at 10 AM with a open group networking session and break off into individual meetings from there. Participants will be able to select meetings from a list of mentor delegates, pending availability.

Participation in the Music or Film Business Circle is granted through the application forms below.

Film Business Circle Application Form

Music Business Circle Application Form

 

The Next Wave of Film & TV Tech: Volume Global and White Owl Film Studios 
Saturday, June 29 @ 1:30 PM
McEwen School of Architecture

A commitment to cultural recognition in a modern technological space underlines Volume Global’s latest venture into the North, where a partnership with Creator’s Choice helped kickstart White Owl Film Studios on the traditional land of the Wahnapitae First Nation. Join this discussion with Volume Global’s executive team to learn about the innovative tech they’ve introduced in Northern Ontario – like the cutting-edge LED Volume wall that leverages the vast potential of real-time filmmaking and TV production.

Volume Global is a studio of filmmakers and technologists united by a shared passion for innovation and excellence in storytelling. Both owning and operating an international network of the world’s largest permanent virtual production stages and air supported soundstages, Volume Global is a fiercely independent content studio, and an innovative technology company, operating on the frontline of the virtual production revolution.

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NOMFA 2024 Opening Ceremony 
Thursday, June 27 @ 7 PM
Knowhere Public House

Enjoy a night on the town, shoulder-to-shoulder with friends, nominees, and industry delegates! This event will highlight some of the latest talent from the north who received nominations for music awards, officially commencing the 2024 edition of NOMFA. It’s where we can first raise our glasses and celebrate northern excellence, together!

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Short Film Showcase: Northern Narratives 
Friday, June 28 @ 7 PM
Place des Arts

Explore new narratives during this special showcase of NOMFA nominated mid/short-length films at the Place des Arts theatre. Joined by the regional filmmakers behind these acclaimed projects, you’ll experience firsthand the storytelling prowess and visual expertise of nominees for the Outstanding Short/Mid-Length Film, and Outstanding Director – Short/Mid-Length Film awards.

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Music Showcase: Indigenous Excellence 
(Sponsored by Creator’s Choice and White Owl Film Studios)
Friday, June 28 @ 7:30 PM
Sudbury Theatre Centre

Experience the coalescence of creative forces from participants of the Indigenous Music Mentorship Program (IMMP) and NOMFA nominees during an inspiring showcase that spotlights regional voices that drive artistic expression through music.

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Music Showcase: Soirée d’ambiance 
Friday, June 28 @ 9 PM
Place des Arts

Unwind and mingle with industry guests and newfound friends at the first NOMFA 2024 after-party. With performances from past and current NOMFA contenders, a relaxed atmosphere amplified by northern melodies is just what the doctor ordered to cap off a full day of NOMFA activities.

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Music Showcase: En plein air 
Saturday, June 29 @ 3 PM
The Refettorio

Nestled between the brick facades of downtown Sudbury’s historic buildings, this live music performance in a cozy outdoor atmosphere has notes of big-city dreams with a dash of small-town comfort. Fully experience YES Theatre’s iconic Refettorio where NOMFA nominees will perform the soundtrack for an unforgettable afternoon.

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Music Showcase: NOMFA 2024’s Curtain Call 
Saturday, June 29 @ 10 PM
The Townehouse Tavern

That’s a wrap! And just in time for a Sudbury-Saturday-night to find its footing! This late-night live music showcase and after-party commemorates the end of NOMFA 2024, but also the beginning to a new chapter for our region, strengthened by the friendships fostered through the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. Cheers!

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Since the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards (NOMFA) Conference and Ceremony was last held in 2019, our region’s creative sectors have continued to flourish, reflecting the limitless creativity helmed by diverse communities of storytellers and artists that encompass Northern Ontario.

We think this calls for a celebration.

Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) is thrilled to announce that the NOMFA is returning to Greater Sudbury in June 2024 -- and we invite you to follow the action!

NOMFA 2024 finalists are here!

 

Click the dropdowns below to learn about the people and projects who are up for top spots in 13 music and film categories!

From June 27 to 29, 2024, join us in raising a glass to the excellence achieved by the artists and technicians who represent Northern Ontario, and who continue to inspire through their contributions to the film, television, and music industries.

Music Awards

Sung loud, from cozy campfires to grandiose stages, northern melodies press on, pushing us forward and promoting pause, all at once. 

 

These awards shine a light on the Northern Ontario music projects and performances released to commercial radio and/or retail from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023.

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Alexithymia, Collin Clowes
(Thunder Bay)

Collin Clowes is an independent Singer/Songwriter & Producer from Thunder Bay. His music consists of an indie/folk pop sound with songwriting that reflects on beautiful yet heartbreaking, personal stories. After attending a Songwriting & Performance arts Program in Toronto, Collin built his own studio & began his musical journey.

Here and Now, Aysanabee
(Sandy Lake First Nation)

Oji-Cree artist, Aysanabee, has travelled an impressive distance from unsigned artist to internationally touring breakout. The first Indigenous artist to reach #1 on Canadian Alt-Rock Charts, his debut JUNO-nominated album Watin was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. With Here and Now, he embarks on a new sonic path.

New Occasion, Nicholas Cangiano
(North Bay)

Nicholas Cangiano is a Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist from North Bay who’s bringing soul back into pop music. Cangiano uses his savvy for several instruments – most notably guitar, bass, and keys – to blend influences of classic funk and soul with modern pop and rock together into fresh, infectious productions.

Oblivion, Evan Redsky
(Mississaugi First Nation)

Evan Redsky is a songwriter, hailing from the First Nations Reserve of Mississaugi First Nation. His latest offering, Oblivion, seamlessly weaves traditional storytelling, delicate nuance, and poignant commentary on the human condition into a cathartic collection of highway-song vignettes.

Simply, The Ape-ettes
(Greater Sudbury)

The Ape-ettes are a garage-pop trio comprised of long-time friends, Andrée, Melanie and Julie. Formed in Andrée’s basement, these girls have the gift of pumping out infectious tunes with their spirited less-is-more approach.

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Anonyme, Mclean
(Greater Sudbury)

Simon Jutras, alias Mclean, est un musicien de formation classique originaire de Sudbury. Actif depuis 2015, il est reconnu aux NOMFAS en 2017 (Meilleur album francophone) et au Galla Trille Or en 2019 (Meilleur album) pour son univers musical éclectique. Il a lancé son dernier disque Anonyme en automne 2023.

Boréale, Mimi O’Bonsawin
(Greater Sudbury)

Mimi O’Bonsawin is a roots singer-songwriter from Northeastern Ontario. Through her rhythm and story-driven songs, Mimi embraces the beauty of the land, all the while yielding to her Franco-Ontarian and Abenaki roots. The ethereal quality of her music whisks you away with uplifting melodies and introspective lyrics.

Catalepsie, TIBO
(North Bay)

North Bay native Matthieu Thibeault is a NOMFA award-winning artist (2015, 2018) who strives to continuously push the boundaries of musical expression. Thibeault’s third and newest album, Catalepsie, is his first in French under artist name TIBO, continuing within the indie-alternative landscape; the album was released in July 2023.

Salut, Philippe, Philippe Mathieu
(Greater Sudbury)

Philippe, 25, is accompanied by Northern Ontario's newest generation of francophone musicians.  The semi-finalist in the 55th Grand Concours Hydro-Québec du Festival international de la chanson Granby wears his influences on his sleeves to create a unique sound that refreshes the Northern Ontario soundscape with his electric guitar.

Tout est relatif, Dayv Poulin
(Greater Sudbury)

Playing music professionally for over 30 years, Dayv’s projects include Toe Jam Tequila, cAbiners, Billinguish Boys and his French project Le Paysagiste. This past year, Dayv Poulin released an album under his real name and released three singles to radio, all of which received numerous number 1 spots across Canada.

Award Sponsored by Creator's Choice

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Boréale, Mimi O’Bonsawin
(Greater Sudbury)

Mimi O’Bonsawin is a roots singer-songwriter from Northeastern Ontario. Through her rhythm and story-driven songs, Mimi embraces the beauty of the land, all the while yielding to her Franco-Ontarian and Abenaki roots. The ethereal quality of her music whisks you away with uplifting melodies and introspective lyrics.

Here and Now, Aysanabee
(Sandy Lake First Nation)

Oji-Cree artist, Aysanabee, has travelled an impressive distance from unsigned artist to internationally touring breakout. The first Indigenous artist to reach #1 on Canadian Alt-Rock Charts, his debut JUNO-nominated album Watin was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. With Here and Now, he embarks on a new sonic path.

Oblivion, Evan Redsky
(Mississaugi First Nation)

Evan Redsky is a songwriter, hailing from the First Nations Reserve of Mississaugi First Nation. His latest offering, Oblivion, seamlessly weaves traditional storytelling, delicate nuance, and poignant commentary on the human condition into a cathartic collection of highway-song vignettes.

Prisms, G.R. Gritt
(Greater Sudbury)

Juno award-winning G.R. Gritt weaves a sonic tapestry that pulls effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms. Their mesmerizing voice carries the weight of their experiences and ancestral connections, delivering poignant lyrics that resonate deeply with listeners. Their music reflects their Two-Spirit and Queer experience.

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Dustin Goodall, ALL IN by The Northwest
(Sault Ste. Marie)

Dustin Goodall has been recording music in Sault Ste. Marie for over 10 years now, steadily building up a world-class studio in the Sault's downtown core. He channels his passion into enabling artists he works with to be their best selves.

Dustin Goodall, Deconstructed by Handsome Sandwich
(Sault Ste. Marie)

Matt Wiewel, Silver Hands / Diamond Teeth by Bad Actors
(Greater Sudbury)

With nearly fifteen years of diverse production experience, Wiewel has been able to finely craft his skills as an audio engineer, producer, and musician. This experience combined with an understanding of musical and electrical theory has provided Wiewel with the ability to blend the technical and creative in unique ways.

Matt Wiewel, Surely Travel by Status/Non-Status
(Greater Sudbury)

Patrick Dal Cin, “Claire” by Knkm
(Sault Ste. Marie)

From Sault Ste. Marie, Patrick Dal Cin is an audio professional across the music and film industries.  He co-produced a top 20 Canadian iTunes charting EP with artist POESY and his audio can be heard on film & TV productions such as The Void and Letterkenny. He is currently a member of Knkm.

Award Sponsored by Exclaim!

David Dino White, “Search Party” by David Dino White
(North Bay)

Since 2014, North Bay local David Dino White has been writing, producing, and touring his music in locations all throughout Canada. Motivated by story telling and his love of guitar, White's collected experience shines through on his latest release, 'Staycation' - A massive, thoughtful and at times, nearly orchestral record.

Evan Pang, with Sean Sroka, & Derek Hoffman, “Somebody Else” by Aysanabee
(Sandy Lake First Nation)

Oji-Cree artist, Aysanabee, has travelled an impressive distance from unsigned artist to internationally touring breakout. The first Indigenous artist to reach #1 on Canadian Alt-Rock Charts, his debut JUNO-nominated album Watin was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. With Here and Now, he embarks on a new sonic path.

Greyson Gritt, Tessa Balaz, & Petr Balaz, “Turnin’ it Up” by G.R. Gritt
(Greater Sudbury)

Juno award-winning G.R. Gritt weaves a sonic tapestry that pulls effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms. Their mesmerizing voice carries the weight of their experiences and ancestral connections, delivering poignant lyrics that resonate deeply with listeners. Their music reflects their Two-Spirit and Queer experience.

Ryan MacDonald, “Suffocate” by The Honest Heart Collective
(Thunder Bay)

The Honest Heart Collective's three albums are an unintended trilogy; Liar’s Club, the naïve home studio DIY, Grief Rights, a coming-of-age tale, and More Harm, an accumulation of failures and victories. "Suffocate" marks a sense of closure from young adulthood and the start of a matured version of the band.

Nicholas Cangiano, “Dazed” by Nicholas Cangiano
(North Bay)

Nicholas Cangiano is a Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist from North Bay who’s bringing soul back into pop music. Cangiano uses his savvy for several instruments – most notably guitar, bass, and keys – to blend influences of classic funk and soul with modern pop and rock together into fresh, infectious productions.

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Hearing Protection”, The Ape-ettes. Directed by Jeff Houle & Curtis Carriere.
(Greater Sudbury)

The Ape-ettes are a garage-pop trio comprised of long-time friends, Andrée, Melanie and Julie. Formed in Andrée’s basement, these girls have the gift of pumping out infectious tunes with their spirited less-is-more approach.

Here and Now”, Aysanabee. Directed by Alex Smith.
(Sandy Lake First Nation)

Oji-Cree artist, Aysanabee, has travelled an impressive distance from unsigned artist to internationally touring breakout. The first Indigenous artist to reach #1 on Canadian Alt-Rock Charts, his debut JUNO-nominated album Watin was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. With Here and Now, he embarks on a new sonic path.

Hommage/Picaroon”, Mclean. Directed by Shawn Kosmerly.
(Greater Sudbury)

Simon Jutras, alias Mclean, est un musicien de formation classique originaire de Sudbury. Actif depuis 2015, il est reconnu aux NOMFAS en 2017 (Meilleur album francophone) et au Galla Trille Or en 2019 (Meilleur album) pour son univers musical éclectique. Il a lancé son dernier disque Anonyme en automne 2023.

The Same Way”, Rose-Erin Stokes. Directed by Andrew Sowka.
(North Bay)

Highlighted by an artistic acumen and an amazing ability to evoke emotion, Rose-Erin Stokes' music is demonstrative of a songwriting craftsperson at work, with music, words, and vocal performances that connect to the hearts and spirits of all who hear them.

I Always Get What I Want”, Strange Attractor. Directed by Curtis Carriere.
(Greater Sudbury)

Strange Attractor is a solo-recording-project-turned-touring-live-band created by Jeff Houle. In 2023 the international garage-punk cult group released Good Boy Bad Boy, their first album in 10 years on Celluloid Lunch Records (Canada, US), Discos De Muerte (Mexico) and Drunken Sailor Records (UK, Europe).

Film & TV Awards

Feature films reach the world stage, television series find fans across oceans, and short films continue to make waves at festivals far and wide.

 

These awards celebrate Northern Ontario's screen-based projects and performances that premiered or screened to a public audience (minimum of 1 screening) or on a recognized broadcaster from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023.

Award Sponsored by White Owl Film Studios

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Adaptation, directed by Jake Thomas
(Greater Sudbury)

Adaptation is a feature-length documentary showcasing various wheelchair athletes who have overcome adversity to converge in BC for the world's first downhill mountain bike race to include an adaptive mountain bike (aMTB) category. The film celebrates the gift of life, love, and friendship through all its complexities.

Blooms: a Documentary about Cobalt, Ontario, directed by Jordan Vandenberg
(filmed in Cobalt)

Mining built Cobalt over 100 years ago, but what will it take to keep the town afloat now? Blooms: a film about the past present and future of Cobalt, Ontario, by Jordan Vandenberg and Alec Jordan.

Café Daughter, directed by Shelley Niro
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

Café Daughter, based on true events, is a story of personal reconciliation for young Chinese-Cree Yvette Wong, as she embraces her heritage and builds towards her dream of becoming a doctor in 1960s Saskatchewan. 

Cascade, directed by Egidio Coccimiglio
(filmed in Sault Ste. Marie)

A teenage girl's wilderness hike with friends spirals after they stumble upon a crashed drug plane, forcing her to outwit a ruthless gang and face an enemy far worse than drug smugglers.

Fitting In, directed by Molly McGlynn
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

A teen girl is diagnosed with a reproductive condition that upends her plans to have a sex life, propelling her to explore unusual methods. Her relationships are challenged with everyone in her life, but most importantly, herself.

La switch, directed by Michel Kandinsky
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

La switch is a film about intergenerational trauma and the psychological struggle veterans face within themselves due to the atrocities they experience during combat that are too horrible to share with ordinary people.

My Animal, directed by Jacquline Castel
(filmed in Timmins)

Tormented by a hidden family curse, Heather is forced to live a secluded life on the outskirts of a small town. When she falls for the rebellious Jonny, their connection threatens to unravel Heather's suppressed desires, tempting her to unleash the animal within.  

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Braided Together, directed by Victoria Anderson-Gardner, with Kyle Schmalenberg
(filmed in Thunder Bay)

Tenaya and Autumn, two new friends, find that their friendship means more to each other than they realize; one is supported through loneliness, while the other is supported through deep grief.

Journey to Our Homeland, directed by Adrien Harpelle
(filmed in Nibinamik First Nation)

In September 2019, Nibinamik First Nation Elders Tommy Yellowhead and Stephen Neshinapaise, both born at Pinnae Mootang, were accompanied by a small group of youth and a Shebafilms crew as they travelled a historic canoe route to their birthplace.

Lingering Pieces, directed by Jacqueline Lamb
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

Exiting an abusive situation does not make trauma disappear. This short film portrays someone who left an abusive relationship and how her day-to-day life continues to feel the impact.

Red Iron Road: No. 8 Reporting, directed by Matthew Lyon, with Aljosha Klimov
(animated in North Bay)

Citizens from the well-fed, fenced off city can only venture beyond the walls on a train that distributes humanitarian aid. One reporter is determined to find out what really happens outside the city.

Through Brown Glass, directed by Keenan Grom
(filmed in Moosonee)

A son and grandfather share a parting glass as their bootlegging business goes down the drain.

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Essex County
(filmed in North Bay)

Based on the graphic novel by Jeff Lemire. Four disparate characters linked together through bloodlines. The lead characters ebb and flow into each other's lives, slowly weaving connections between them that ultimately save and redeem them. 

Shoresy Season 1
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

Shoresy joins the Sudbury Bulldogs of the Northern Ontario Senior Hockey Organization (aka The NOSHO) on a quest to never lose again.

SkyMed Season 2
(filmed in North Bay)

Life, death, and drama at 20,000 feet. SkyMed is a one-hour drama about the intense personal lives of the young nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in remote Northern Canada. 

The Lake Season 1 & Season 2
(filmed in North Bay)

Justin returns from living abroad in the hope of reconnecting with the biological daughter that he gave up for adoption. His plans go awry when he finds out his father left the family cottage to his stepsister.

Thunder Bay
(filmed in Thunder Bay)

A four-part documentary series about the murders of Indigenous people in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario and the racism which allowed it to occur.

Award Sponsored by Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Darlene Naponse, Stellar
(Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation)

Darlene Naponse is a multidisciplinary Indigenous artist from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She is a writer, director, video artist and poet. Her short films and feature films have screened in different film festivals across the world, and her work is deeply connected to her community, First Nations realities of the 21st century, and Mother Earth.

David Lickley, Jane Goodall: Reasons for Hope
(Greater Sudbury)

With a master’s degree in biology from the University of Alberta, David has made over 30 nature and science documentaries. He is also the Director of Large Format Films at the internationally renowned science center, Science North, in Sudbury.

Egidio Coccimiglio, Cascade
(Sault Ste. Marie)

Egidio Coccimiglio is a film director and screenwriter. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, the son of an immigrant steelworker. A Film Arts graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University, his independent films have won critical awards in Chicago, Houston, Montreal, and Lisbon.

Jake Thomas, Adaptation
(Greater Sudbury)

After finishing post secondary school with a degree in music and another degree in film, Jake incorporated Riley Lake Productions in 1997. Over the years he has been involved countless projects for television, film and web-based platforms honing his skills as a cinematographer, producer, director and editor.

Ryan McMahon, with Leslie Lucas, Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay)

Ryan McMahon is one of North America’s most celebrated Indigenous comedians, keynote speakers, journalists, and writers, whose voice has become vital to both Indigenous & non-Indigenous communities in North America through his unique ability to communicate nuanced and complex issues in engaging and accessible ways.

Leslie Lucas is an award-winning director and producer, with over 20 years experience in Canadian documentary television. Her work includes Discovery's highly-acclaimed documentary series Jetstream. She is a deeply passionate filmmaker with an innate story sense, who works tirelessly to bring authenticity and emotion to each of the films and series’ she is involved with.

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Austin Lindsay, Walter’s Room
(North Bay)

Austin Lindsay is a northern Ontario filmmaker, currently studying film in Toronto, Ontario at York University. Austin Lindsay has produced and directed a number of Northern Ontario productions including Abduction (2021).

Ian Johnson, A Bunch of Junk
(Greater Sudbury)

Born in Ottawa Ontario, Ian Johnson has been captivated by creating art since he could walk. Lego, illustration, music, and photography all led him to filmmaking. He is passionate about form and thesis within films and seeks to pack his work with heart and cinematic epicness.

Piotr Skowronski, Bang Bang
(North Bay)

Piotr Skowronski is a Polish-born filmmaker based in Northern Ontario.  His portfolio includes award-winning films like Cat and Mouse, Free Press, Garsc Ziemi and Bang Bang. His debut feature, These Lovers, premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival (Telefilm), followed by The Discarded at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Victoria Anderson-Gardner, with Kyle Schmalenberg, Braided Together
(
Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation)

Victoria Anderson-Gardner is an award winning two-spirited Anishinaabe filmmaker from Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation. They recently served as the Studio Coordinator for the Central Canada Studio at the National Film Board of Canada. Victoria was also awarded the Glenn Gould Protege Prize for their work from Glenn Gould laureate Alanis Obomsawin.

Kyle Schmalenberg is an award-winning director and producer who has produced the fictional and documentary short films Another World and Who We Are. He wrote and directed Glimpses into The Spirit of Gender Equality, a feature-length doc made in collaboration with the United Nations, which had its virtual premiere at the Commission on the Status of Women.

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

Austin Lindsay, Walter’s Room
(North Bay)

Austin Lindsay is a northern Ontario filmmaker, currently studying film in Toronto, Ontario at York University. Austin Lindsay has produced and directed a number of Northern Ontario productions, including Abduction (2021).

David Lickley, Jane Goodall: Reasons for Hope
(Greater Sudbury)

With a master’s degree in biology from the University of Alberta, David has made over 30 nature and science documentaries. He is also the Director of Large Format Films at the internationally renowned science center, Science North, in Sudbury.

Keenan Grom, Through Brown Glass
(Moose Cree First Nation)

Keenan Grom is from the Moose Cree First Nation. Since 2018, Keenan has amassed credits both on and off screen. Through Brown Glass is Keenan's directorial and screenwriting debut.

Kelly Saxberg & Ron Harpelle, The Sniper / Tireur d’élite
(Thunder Bay)

Producer and cinematographer Kelly Saxberg has a MA in History. She works in English, French, Spanish. She has directed and edited dozens of award-winning history films, most notably Rosie’s of the North, Letters from Karelia, Dorothea Mitchell: A Reel Pioneer.

Ron Harpelle is an award-winning producer and director and he teaches History at Lakehead University. Together with Kelly Saxberg, he has worked in a variety of capacities on dozens of films and videos. He has a special interest in historical documentaries and in making Social Science research come alive in the form of films, videos. and as new media. 

Victoria Anderson-Gardner & Kyle Schmalenberg, Braided Together
(Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation)

Victoria Anderson-Gardner is an award winning two-spirited Anishinaabe filmmaker from Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation. They recently served as the Studio Coordinator for the Central Canada Studio at the National Film Board of Canada. Victoria was also awarded the Glenn Gould Protege Prize for their work from Glenn Gould laureate Alanis Obomsawin.

Kyle Schmalenberg is an award-winning director and producer who has produced the fictional and documentary short films Another World and Who We Are. He wrote and directed Glimpses into The Spirit of Gender Equality, a feature-length doc made in collaboration with the United Nations, which had its virtual premiere at the Commission on the Status of Women.

Award Sponsored by That Creative Loft

NOMFA 2024 NOMINEES

François Arnaud, La Switch
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

After graduating from the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal in 2007, François Arnaud made his big-screen debut in Sophie Lorain's Les grandes chaleurs and Xavier Dolan's J'ai tué ma mère. He quickly landed major international roles, including Neil Jordan's The Borgias opposite Jeremy Irons and the lead in the NBC series Midnight, Texas, as well as the Peabody Award-winning television series UnReal on Hulu, Fox's The Moodys, NBC's Blindspot and the cult comedy Schitt's Creek.

Maddie Ziegler, Fitting In
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

Maddie Ziegler is one of Gen Z’s most celebrated actors and dancers. She can currently be seen as the lead in the indie feature Fitting In, a coming-of-age “traumedy” feature alongside Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek). Written and directed by Molly McGlynn, this film follows 16-year-old Lindy (Ziegler), who is unexpectedly diagnosed with a reproductive condition that upends her plans to have sex, presumptions about womanhood and relationship with her mother (Hampshire).

Oyin Oladejo, Orah
(filmed in Greater Sudbury)

Ms. Oladejo graduated from the prestigious Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts in Toronto, having immigrated to Canada from Nigeria in her teens. Within the next few years Oyin worked non-stop in Canadian theatre, where she won The Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. In film and television, Oyin again bounded to the top very quickly, landing the series regular role of “Joann Owosekun” on the hit series Star Trek: Discovery for CBS, opposite Jason Isaacs, and Sonequa Martin-Green. Oyin has just returned to Canada having completed shooting the title role in the feature film Orah, which shot in both Canada and Nigeria.

Sara Waisglass, Cascade
(filmed in Sault Ste. Marie)

Sara Waisglass is an actress and developing screenwriter who has spent well over ten years honing her craft in the business of filmmaking. Her career began at the ripe age of seven when she landed the role of Jordy Cooper in Shaftesbury's Overruled and spent three seasons charming audiences. Sara brings to her work a natural instinct and ability that has served her well working alongside the incomparable John Malkovich and Romain Duris in Afterwards, as well as Rob Pattinson and Dane Dehaan in Life. Her role as Frankie Hollingsworth in Degrassi cemented her as one of Canada's finest young actresses, earning her a nomination for a Young Entertainers Award in 2016.

Sonja Smits, Better Days
(filmed in Sault Ste. Marie)

Sonja Smits’ career includes leading three television series, Street Legal, Traders and The Eleventh Hour, as well as many TV movies such as Margret Lawrence's The Diviners. Her feature films include David Cronenberg's cult classic Videodrome and Owning Mahoney with Philip Seymour Hofffman. Sonja has received numerous honours and awards for her work including a Gemini Award-Best Actress, TWFT- Outstanding Achievement Award and ACTRA Award of Excellence. She was the first artist named as President of Harbourfront Centre Board, was a founding member of ACTRA Women's Caucus and served as Chair at Toronto Artscape Foundation.

Stephen McHattie, My Animal
(filmed in Timmins)

Stephen McHattie is a Canadian actor. Since beginning his professional career in 1970, he has amassed over 200 film and television credits, including Pontypool, The Fountain, Watchmen, Shoot ‘Em Up, and Essex County. He won the Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Rocket, and a Gemini Award for Life with Billy.

Ceremony and Conference Details

Glitz and glam go hand in hand with NOMFA’s elegant Award Ceremony, but stick around for the various showcases, workshops, and panel discussions in Downtown Sudbury to immerse yourself in the artistic realms of Northern Ontario’s creative industries.

It’s where you will meet new allies and catch up with longtime friends; enjoy live music and find inspiration; learn lessons from experts and artists; and, most of all, uplift your peers who hold dear the magic of storytelling and expression.

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This is our opportunity to not only celebrate our talents together, but also show the music and film communities at large the wealth of talent to be found here in Northern Ontario. 

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