March 15, 2023

45+ AMPD alums nominated for Canadian Screen Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television nominated over 45 York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) alums for Canadian Screen Awards across more than 30 different categories, from Best Motion Picture and Best Supporting Performer, Comedy to the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research. 

The Academy is the largest non-profit professional media arts organization in Canada, with a membership of more than 4,000 emerging and established industry professionals. The Canadian Screen Awards brings together the screen-based industry annually to celebrate the country’s top talent in the film, television and digital sectors at Canadian Screen Week. Candian comedian Samantha Bee ( The Daily Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) will host the 2023 ceremony in Toronto on Sunday, April 16. 

Below is a list of nominated AMPD alumni. For a full list of nominees, click here.


Best Motion Picture | Meilleur film

Riceboy Sleeps – Bryan Demore (BFA ’10)

Achievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originale

The End of Sex – Ari Posner (BFA ’92)

Achievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonore

Stay the Night –  Elma Bello (BFA ’95)

Achievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuels

Cult Hero – James Anthony Young (BFA ’12)


Best TV Movie

A Chance For Christmas – Arnie Zipursky (BFA ’78)

Under The Christmas Tree – Arnie Zipursky (BFA ’78)

Best Drama Series

Departure – Teresa M. Ho (BFA ’95)

The Porter – Elise Cousineau (BFA ’04), Annmarie Morais (BFA ’95)

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series

The Amazing Race Canada – Michael Tersigni (BFA ’04), Jacqui Skeete (BFA ’04)

Best in Miniature – Jacqui Skeete (BFA ’04)

Canada’s Drag Race – Justin Stockman (BFA ’96)

Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series

TallBoyz – Franco Nguyen (BFA ’10)

Best Documentary Program

The Perfect Story – Bryn Hughes (BFA ’02)

Best Factual Series

How I Got Here – Mitchell Gabourie (BFA ’85)

We’re All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel) – Victoria Lean (MFA ’14)


Best Direction, Documentary Program

Magic Shadows Elwy Yost: A Life in Movies – Karen Shopsowitz (MFA ’90)

Best Direction, Factual

We’re All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel) | Asteroid Armageddon – Victoria Lean (MFA ’14)

Best Writing, Drama Series

The Porter | Episode 101 – Annmarie Morais (BFA ’95)

Best Writing, Documentary

Magic Shadows Elwy Yost: A Life in Movies – Karen Shopsowitz (MFA ’90)

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research

We’re All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel) |  Asteroid Armageddon – Victoria Lean (MFA ’14)

Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Carry It On – Jennifer Dysart (MFA ’14)

Best Writing, Variety or Sketch Comedy

TallBoyz | Don’t swear in front of the song – Franco Nguyen (BFA ’10)

Best Writing, Factual

A Ghost Ruined My Life | Newlywed Nightmare – Armen Kazazian (BA ’93)

We’re All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel) | Asteroid Armageddon – Victoria Lean (MFA ’14)

Best Writing, Pre-School

Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe | The Paw And Claw Spa – Carolyn Hay (BFA ’88)

The Fabulous Show with Fay and Fluffy | I Love Being Different – Victoria Gallant (BA ’11)

Best Photography, Comedy

Strays | House Sitting – Iris Ng (BFA ’12)

Workin’ Moms | Grow If You Want – Ben Lichty (BFA ’03)

Best Photography, Documentary or Factual

A.rtificial I.mmortality – Iris Ng (BFA ’12)

Crystal Pite: Angels’ Atlas – Maya Bankovic (BFA ’07)

Best Picture Editing, Drama

Moonshine – 44.6304N 64.0515W – Kimberlee McTaggart (BFA ’87)

Best Picture Editing, Reality/Competition

The Amazing Race Canada | Where is Gurmail – Michael Tersigni (BFA ’04)

The Great Canadian Baking Show | Patisserie Week – Lara Mrkoci (BFA 2005)

Best Visual Effects

History by the Numbers | The Roaring 20s – Jonathon Corbiere (BDes ’06), Suzanna Brusikiewicz (BDes ’06), Tyler Sammy (BDes ’06)

Best Original Music, Animation

Let’s Go Luna! | Dig it Daddy-O – Ari Posner (BFA ’92)

Best Original Music, Comedy

Detention Adventure | Singing in the Raign – Ari Posner (BFA ’92)


Best Lead Performer, TV Movie

Campfire Christmas – Tori Anderson (BFA ’11)

Swindler Seduction – Gabrielle Graham (BFA ’15)

Best Performance, Sketch Comedy (Individual or Ensemble)

TallBoyz – Franco Nguyen (BFA ’10)

This Hour Has 22 Minutes – Stacey McGunnigle (BFA ’10)

Best Achievement in Casting, Fiction

Children Ruin Everything – Jenny Lewis (BA ’94)

Letterkenny – Jenny Lewis (BA ’94)

Best Performance, Animation

Agent Binky: Pets of the Univers – Melody Johnson (BFA ’89) Alumni; 1989

Best Supporting Performer, Comedy

Sort Of – Amanda Cordner (BA ’11)