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Celebrating local talent

Awards gala showcases achievements of Manitoba film and television performers

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files</p><p>Andrea del Campo in Stegman Is Dead. She won outstanding performance by a female artist in a feature at the 2018 ACTRA Awards.</p></p>

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Andrea del Campo in Stegman Is Dead. She won outstanding performance by a female artist in a feature at the 2018 ACTRA Awards.

Because great performances by Manitoba artists in locally shot film and television largely go unsung, ACTRA Manitoba decided it was time to do some singing Friday evening.

So the Manitoba branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, a union of professional performers working in recorded media in Canada, held its awards gala and celebration at the Metropolitan Event Centre downtown. Their stated mission is “to celebrate and recognize exceptional achievement by Manitoba’s film and television performers and Manitoba’s thriving film industry,” according to ACTRA Manitoba.

In all, seven awards were handed out in performing categories and two were industry awards, one of which resulted in a tie.

The awards went to:

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Because great performances by Manitoba artists in locally shot film and television largely go unsung, ACTRA Manitoba decided it was time to do some singing Friday evening.

So the Manitoba branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, a union of professional performers working in recorded media in Canada, held its awards gala and celebration at the Metropolitan Event Centre downtown. Their stated mission is "to celebrate and recognize exceptional achievement by Manitoba’s film and television performers and Manitoba’s thriving film industry," according to ACTRA Manitoba.

In all, seven awards were handed out in performing categories and two were industry awards, one of which resulted in a tie.

The awards went to:

Andrea del Campo won in the category of outstanding performance by a female artist for her work as the Lady Macbeth-like wife of a reluctant criminal in Stegman Is Dead, in a field that included Lauren Cochrane in the film Snowmance and Ali Tataryn in the rom-com Lovesick.

Darren Wall won the award for outstanding performance by a male artist for Lovesick. His competitors included his Lovesick co-star Ross McMillan and Adam Hurtig in Snowmance.

Marina Stephenson Kerr took the prize for outstanding performance by a female artist in a series episode for her chilling work in Channel Zero: Candle Cove against her co-stars Gwendolyn Collins and Abigail Pniowsky.

Dave Brown won outstanding performance by a male artist in a series episode for Candle Cove, beating out his co-stars Connor Peterson and Luca Villacis.

Daina Leitold won in the category of outstanding performance by a female artist in a short for her work in The Interrogation, against a field that included Cheryl Gensiorek in Blackout and Annika Irving in Hard Way Girl.

BJ Verot, a filmmaker and sometime stuntman, won for outstanding performance by a male artist in a short for Fisher Cove, against local screen vet Stephen McIntyre (Echoes in the Ice) and Karl Thordarson (The Interrogation).

Jeff Strome, an actor on stage and screen, won the award for outstanding stunt performance for his work in Channel Zero: No End House in a field that included Kristen Sawatzky (Candle Cove) and BJ Verot (No End House).

Phyllis Laing, producer at Buffalo Gal Pictures, won the Wayne Nicklas Award for outstanding contribution to Manitoba’s film and television industry, an award named for the beloved Winnipeg actor and advocate who died in 2010.

ACTRA’s Gala Award, in observance of the film that best utilized Manitoba talent, was shared by the feature films Lovesick and Stegman Is Dead.

The awards show was hosted by actors Lisa Durupt (Less Than Kind) and Eric Athavale (Sunnyside).

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