Night Raiders and Scarborough emerge victorious from the 5th annual Canadian Screen Awards

night raiders and Scarboroughtwo of the most acclaimed films in Canadian cinema this year, each won five prizes at the fifth night of the Canadian Screen Awards.

The awards, which are administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to celebrate excellence in film, television and digital media, have been running since Monday. The week-long affair will culminate on Sunday evening with a televised awards ceremony.

Earlier this week, nominees in the categories of Broadcast News, Documentaries, Sports Programming, Digital & Immersive Media, Kids & Animation, Lifestyle & Reality, Drama & Comedy, and Scripted & Performance Programs were recognized for their work.

At Friday’s event, the nominees were recognized for their achievements in the cinematic arts.

night raiders is a heart-pounding dystopian thriller set in a future world where Indigenous children are stolen from their families and placed in the custody of a military state. The film marked the directorial debut of Cree-M├ętis filmmaker Danis Goulet, who won Best Original Screenplay.

The film made its mark in the technical categories. For success in costume design, Night adventurers Kendra Terpenning won the award. Lou Solakofski, Graham Rogers, Stephen Marian, Alexis Feodoroff and Tim Chaproniere won for their achievements in sound mixing. Martin Tori, John Mariella, Frank Rueter, Darwin Go received accolades for their visual effects work, and Traci Loader won for her makeup achievement.

WATCH | The trailer for Danis Goulet’s acclaimed dystopian thriller, night raiders:

ScarboroughDirectors Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson won the John Dunning Award for Best First Feature. The film, which is adapted from the best-selling novel by Catherine Hernandez, tells the story of three children from an underserved community in Toronto who bond while struggling through their plight. Hernandez won Best Adapted Screenplay.

Nakhai and Williamson also won for their casting achievements, and their efforts paid off. Cherish Violet Blood, for her role as Marie (the mother of protagonist Sylvie), received the award for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. The film’s sound editing team, Krystin Hunter, Paul Germann and Stefana Fratila, also won an award for their work.

WATCH | The trailer for Scarboroughadapted from the novel by Catherine Hernandez:

All my little sorrowsbased on Miriam Toews’ poignant novel about two sisters who leave their Mennonite community, was the only film apart night raiders and Scarborough win more than one prize. Jonathan Goldsmith’s original score received an award for achievement in music, while Michelle Szemberg and Orlee Bulum won an award for achievement in publishing.

For the third consecutive year, the Canadian Screen Awards will be presented virtually. A final ceremony will be broadcast on CBC-TV and CBC Gem on Sunday.

The remaining winners:

  • Performance by an actor in a supporting role: Joshua Odjick, Savagery.
  • Director in cinematography: Sara Mishara, Drunken birds.
  • Accomplishment in music, original song: TiKA, Casey Manierka-Quaile, And then we don’tfrom Learn to swim.
  • Realization in artistic direction / production design: Arnaud Brisebois, Jean Babin, Eve Turcotte, The Time Thief.
  • Achievement in hairdressing: Martin Lapointe, Marie Chapdelaine.
  • Golden Screen Award for Feature Film: Jennifer Dodge, PAW Patrol: The Movie.
  • Best Live Action Short Film: Girls shouldn’t walk alone at night (Katherine Martineau, Guillaume Collin).
  • Tribute from the Academy’s Board of Trustees: John Galway.

For a full list of this week’s Canadian Screen Award winners, visit