Jason Buxton’s Blackbird to receive Claude Jutra Award

The first-time feature trophy, to be received at the Canadian Screen Awards, follows the Nova Scotia film earning trophies at festivals in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax.
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Jason Buxton’s Blackbird, having picked up trophies at festivals in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax, will get its due at the Canadian Screen Awards when it receives the 2013 Claude Jutra Award.

Buxton’s Blackbird didn’t make it into the key best feature and best film director categories at the Screenies when nominations were first handed out.

The Nova Scotia film had to make do with nominations for best original screenplay for Buxton and best editing for Kimberlee McTaggart.

Buxton now gets the Jutra Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, a trophy that each year honours a first-time feature filmmaker.

“I am absolutely thrilled with this honour. To be recognized by my peers for excellence in filmmaking is deeply meaningful, and looking back at the caliber of directors honoured over the past twenty years of the Award’s history is both humbling and reassuring,” said Buxton Tuesday in a statement.

Blackbird, about a troubled teen, played by Connor Jessup, who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario, earlier won the best Canadian first feature prize at Toronto, where it debuted.

It also won the best Canadian feature prize at Vancouver, and the best Atlantic feature, best Atlantic director and best Atlantic screenwriter trophies at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.