For some of the winners of the 2012 Northern Ontario Music and Film (MFM) Awards, simply being nominated is enough.
Winner of the Album of the Year by a Duo or Group, Kalle Mattson said after being nominated he was just hoping for a “great weekend.”
Mattson had been nominated two years ago for an album he released and despite not winning, he enjoyed getting to know people and making friends.
“It’s really great to just be recognized for an album we worked really hard on,” he said.
Mattson is happy to have won, and the album, titled Anchors, has also reached the top of many album-of-the-year lists.
Others at the awards have been nominated a couple of times before and did not see the win coming.
“This is my third nomination in a row … I was starting to feel like Kate Winslet. Happy for the nomination and was open to whatever happened,” Lee Chambers, winner of the Screenwriter of the Year award, said in an email.
The screenplay, titled Hugh Jackman Saves the World, is part of Chambers’ Make It Short Film Project he has been running since 2005. The project is a charity event, this year helping to “bridge Canadian and Australian cultures” with high school students currently finishing up postproduction, Chambers said.
“We have talked to Hugh Jackman and are supporting World Vision this year. Over the years, we have donated thousands of dollars to numerous charities,” he said.
Chambers has a script he cowrote for a feature called Pineville Heist. The film is currently in the financing stage, and will be his debut as a feature director. Twilight star Booboo Stewart (Seth Clearwater) has signed on to star.
Dave Clement, winner of the Cinematographer of the Year award, said no one can know once they’re nominated if they will win. Only one person on the MFM staff knows the results.
“MFM is really good at keeping it a surprise,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Clement has been recognized for his work. He said he’s been nominated by MFM in the past and from other award ceremonies has won best cinematographer three times since 2006.
Originally a photojournalist, Clement got into the movie-making business after creating a feature-length documentary out of a story he was working on. That was when he went to film school.
In his time in the Canadian film industry, Clement has begun to notice some changes.
In Northern Ontario, “we have our own people telling our own stories,” he said.
In addition to more filmmakers coming to the north to make their movies, there is a ” homegrown trend” of good films coming from people in the north.
The Northern Ontario Film and Music Award started as a way to recognize and celebrate Northern Ontario artists in music and film.
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ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY A SOLO ARTIST
Winner: Cindy Doire -Sticks and Mud Nominees: Angele Desbois -Singularity Sunday Wilde -What man? Oh THAT man!!!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY A DUO OR GROUP
Winner: Kalle Mattson -Anchors Nominees: Faraway Neighbours -Carry On, Man
SOCAN SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Kalle Mattson -Singing Knives Nominees: Cindy Doire -Don’t Let The Bastards Bring You Down Angela Evans -Still Hope
VOCAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Faye Blais -The Ways That I Love You Nominees: Jean-Paul De Roover -Fix Cindy Doire -Too Long
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Faraway Neighbours (for Carry On, Man by Faraway Neighbours)
Nominees: Chris Dorota (for Pitch Pipes by Jean-Paul De Roover)
Shawn Sasyniuk (for All Is Not Lost by Cody Allen) FILM OF THE YEAR
Winner: HeatherK. Dahlstrom-Dave vs. Death Nominees: Joseph Mansourian -Every Emotion Costs
John Alden Milne -The Standoff
DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF CANADA – ONTARIO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Winner: David Lickley and Rob Gagne – Wildfires! A 4D Firefighting Adventure Nominees: John Alden Milne -The Standoff Darlene Naponse -Every Emotion Costs
FILM EDITOR OF THE YEAR
Winners: James Lahti -Wildfires! A 4D Firefighting Adventure
Nominees: John Alden Milne -The Standoff Piotr Skowronski -Jean-Paul De Roover’s You
CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Winner: Dave Clement -Return To Manomin Nominees: Ben Bruhmuller -Angel Of Death 1883
Damien Gilbert -Wax Philosophic’s Devil In A Red Dress
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR Winners: Lee Chambers -Hugh Jackman Saves The World
Nominees: Darlene Naponse -Every Emotion Costs
Brad Stephenson -After The Fire