Cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal tal­ent

Awards gala show­cases achieve­ments of Man­i­toba film and tele­vi­sion per­form­ers

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ECAUSE great per­for­mances by Man­i­toba artists in lo­cally shot film and tele­vi­sion largely go unsung, ACTRA Man­i­toba de­cided it was time to do some singing Fri­day evening.

So the Man­i­toba branch of the Al­liance of Cana­dian Cin­ema, Tele­vi­sion and Ra­dio Artists, a union of pro­fes­sional per­form­ers work­ing in recorded me­dia in Canada, held its awards gala and cel­e­bra­tion at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Event Cen­tre down­town. Their stated mis­sion is “to cel­e­brate and rec­og­nize ex­cep­tional achieve­ment by Man­i­toba’s film and tele­vi­sion per­form­ers and Man­i­toba’s thriv­ing film in­dus­try,” ac­cord­ing to ACTRA Man­i­toba.

In all, seven awards were handed out in per­form­ing cat­e­gories and two were in­dus­try awards, one of which re­sulted in a tie.

The awards went to:

An­drea del Campo won in the cat­e­gory of out­stand­ing per­for­mance by a fe­male artist for her work as the Lady Mac­beth-like wife of a re­luc­tant crim­i­nal in Stegman Is Dead, in a field that in­cluded Lau­ren Cochrane in the film Snow­mance and Ali Tataryn in the rom-com Lovesick.

Dar­ren Wall won the award for out­stand­ing per­for­mance by a male artist for Lovesick. His com­peti­tors in­cluded his Lovesick co-star Ross McMillan and Adam Hur­tig in Snow­mance.

Ma­rina Stephen­son Kerr took the prize for out­stand­ing per­for­mance by a fe­male artist in a se­ries episode for her chill­ing work in Chan­nel Zero: Can­dle Cove against her co-stars Gwen­dolyn

BCollins and Abi­gail Pniowsky.

Dave Brown won out­stand­ing per­for­mance by a male artist in a se­ries episode for Can­dle Cove, beat­ing out his co-stars Con­nor Peter­son and Luca Vil­lacis.

Daina Leitold won in the cat­e­gory of out­stand­ing per­for­mance by a fe­male artist in a short for her work in The In­ter­ro­ga­tion, against a field that in­cluded Cheryl Gen­siorek in Black­out and An­nika Irv­ing in Hard Way Girl.

BJ Verot, a film­maker and some­time stunt­man, won for out­stand­ing per­for­mance by a male artist in a short for Fisher Cove, against lo­cal screen vet Stephen McIn­tyre (Echoes in the Ice) and Karl Thor­dar­son (The In­ter­ro­ga­tion).

Jeff Strome, an ac­tor on stage and screen, won the award for out­stand­ing stunt per­for­mance for his work in Chan­nel Zero: No End House ina field that in­cluded Kris­ten Sawatzky (Can­dle Cove) and BJ Verot (No End House).

Phyl­lis Laing, pro­ducer at Buf­falo Gal Pic­tures, won the Wayne Nick­las Award for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to Man­i­toba’s film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try, an award named for the beloved Win­nipeg ac­tor and ad­vo­cate who died in 2010.

ACTRA’s Gala Award, in ob­ser­vance of the film that best uti­lized Man­i­toba tal­ent, was shared by the fea­ture films Lovesick and Stegman Is Dead.

The awards show was hosted by ac­tors Lisa Du­rupt (Less Than Kind) and Eric Athavale (Sun­ny­side).

MIKE DEAL / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

An­drea del Campo in Stegman Is Dead. She won out­stand­ing per­for­mance by a fe­male artist in a fea­ture at the 2018 ACTRA Awards.

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