In Brief: Fish the Dish nabs prestigious prize

Fish the Dish_Spencer Watts_GustoTV_Photo taken by Katia Pershin
NFB producer Selwyn Jacob was recognized for his body of work, plus more news.

Fish the Dish
Gusto Worldwide Media original series Fish The Dish won the 2017 James Beard Foundation media award in the TV program in studio or fixed location category. The U.S. awards honour the year’s best culinary professionals, including chefs, cookbook authors and broadcast media. Fish The Dish, created and executive produced by Chris Knight, airs on Bell Media’s Gusto TV. The awards were handed out at a gala event in New York on April 25.

Selwyn Jacob Awarded 
NFB producer Selwyn Jacob received the outstanding achievement award from the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta on April 22. The award recognizes an individual’s body of work and contribution to media art. Jacob’s first doc was 1984′s We Remember Amber Valley, which he followed up with award-winning NFB docs Carol’s Mirror and The Road Taken. Jacob joined the NFB’s Pacific and Yukon Studio as a producer in 1997 and has since put out nearly 50 films, including Mina Shum’s 2015 doc Ninth Floor. 

NSI hands out short film fest prizes 
The National Screen Institute has announced the winners of its latest online short film festival awards, which are handed out four times a year. She Stoops To Conquer, directed by Zachary Russell, won the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film, while Kayla Lorette won the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award for her work in the film. Meanwhile, the $1,000 Corus Fearless Female Directors Award for best direction by a woman went to Gloria Ui Young Kim for Flamenco. The winners were selected by an independent jury consisting of TIFF programmer Lisa Haller, Atlantic Film Fest programming director Jason Beaudry and filmmaker Kristina Mileska, who recently picked up the Corus Fearless Female Directors Award for her film Asteroid.