Motive, Eadweard top 2015 Leo noms

Motive (pictured) leads all other dramatic series with 21 nods, while Kyle Rideout's feature Eadweard received 15 nominations including best motion picture.

CTV dramatic crime series Motive received 21 nominations for the 2015 Leo Awards, while Kyle Rideout’s psychological drama feature Eadweard has 15 nods.

Celebrating artistic excellence in B.C. film and TV production, this year’s Leo Awards will once again be handed out over three nights, only this time over two consecutive weekends, beginning on June 6 and resuming on June 13 and 14. In order to be considered for a Leo Award, a program must either qualify as a Canadian TV production based on the criteria put in place by the CRTC, CAVCO, British Columbia Film or qualify as an international treaty copro, or by be directed and produced by a resident of B.C.

Nominations for Foundation Features, Lark Productions and Motive1 Productions’ Motive include best program, direction, screenwriting, cinematography and casting.

Other dramatic series picking up Leo nominations include Annuit Coeptis Entertainment’s Strange Empire, Prairie Dog Film & Televison’s  Blackstone, Reunion Pictures’s Continuum, Echo Media and Sphere Media Plus’ 19-2. Other dramatic series that pick up nominations across the TV categories include Arrow,  iZombie, Once Upon A Time, The FlashWitches of East EndHell On WheelsThe 100 and When Calls The Heart. 

On the animation side, Bron Studios’ Mighty Mighty Monsters in Pranks for the Memory is up for seven awards, including best program, direction and screenwriting. Nerd Corps Entertainment’s Kate & Mim-Mim also received four nods, while Slap Happy Cartoon’s Nerds and Monsters and Nerd Corp Entertainment’s Slugterra: Return of the Elementals and Endangered Species took three each.

In the information, lifestyle and reality series category, Anaid Productions’ The Liquidator has been nominated for six awards, including best direction, screenwriting and cinematography. Toronto-based Big Coat Productions’ Love It or List It Vancouver, Lark Productions’ Mom’s a Medium and APTN’s Warrior Games received four nominations each.

In the motion pictures category, Motion 58 Entertainment’s Eadweard  received 15 nominations include best motion picture, screenwriting, cinematography, casting and best direction for Kyle Rideout. Jason Borque’s Black Fly pulled in 10 nominations, while Carl Bessai’s Bad City, Andrew Huculiak’s Violent and Jeff Chan’s Grace: The Possession took nine nods each.  Jacob Tierney’s Preggoland and Maureen Bradley’s Two 4 One also each grabbed six nominations across the Leo Award’s various motion picture categories.

The full list for the 2015 Leo Awards nominees, including those in the comedy, documentary, television movie and short film categories can be found here.