In brief: Tova re-elected as ACTRA Toronto president

Plus: Schitt's Creek wins a pair of Dorians, Anthropocene joins the Berlin festival lineup, and more.

theresa tovaTova re-elected for second term as ACTRA Toronto president

ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova (pictured) has been re-elected for a second two-year term. The organization’s governing council this week unanimously voted to re-elect Tova, who took over the role from David Sparrow in January 2017. “I ran again because we have more to do. I want to see this work through,” read a statement from Tova.

Schitt’s Creek nabs two Dorians

Schitt’s Creek‘s momentum continued this week with a pair of wins at the 10th annual Dorian Awards. The half-hour comedy was named best TV comedy and Unsung TV Show of the Year. In the best TV comedy section, the show was nominated alongside Barry, Glow, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Good Place. The Dorian Awards are run by GALECA, a society of 200 LGBTQ and ally entertainment journalists in the U.S, Canada, U.K. and Australia. Winners will be honoured at an invitation-only event in Hollywood this Saturday (Jan. 12). The show is produced by Not a Real Company Productions for CBC and Pop.

Anthropocene joins Berlin lineup
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky’s Anthropocene: The Human Epoch has been added to Berlinal International Film Festival’s Special program. The recent TFCA-winner will make its European premiere at the festival, which takes place next month. In other Berlin news, feature project Slash/Back, produced by Toronto’s Stellar Citizens, Scythia Films and Mixtape VR, has been named among 37 titles headed to the Berlinale Coproduction Market 2019. Inuit filmmaker Nyla Innuksuk is attached to direct the coming-of-age tale about a group of girls from Nunavut who chase down aliens and battle them.

A Cambodian Spring, EP’d by EyeSteelFilm, earns BAFTA nom

British writer/director Chris Kelly’s doc A Cambodian Spring has earned a 2019 BAFTA nomination. Exec produced by Bob Moore of Montreal’s EyeSteelFilm, the doc will compete in the award’s Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer category. A Cambodian Spring, which picked up a special jury prize at Hot Docs 2017, takes a look at modern-day Cambodia through the eyes of three activists. In addition to Moore, EyeSteelFilm’s Ryan Mullins served worked as an editor on the project. The BAFTAs will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 10, 2019.

Lomack takes a new role at Rogers, Perron upped

Rogers Media’s Michelle Lomack has moved to Rogers Communications in a new role as director of communications, customer. Lomack most recently served as the company’s director of communications, news and entertainment. In her place, Stephanie Perron, who has been with the organization since 2011, has been promoted to senior manager. The duo started in their new positions on Jan. 7.