Music and Film in Motion (MFM) is still accepting nomination submissions for the inaugural edition of the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards Program. This year, eligible music and film artists have the opportunity to participate in the foundation of an annual event that it is hoped will be a stepping stone in the growth and development of Northern Ontario’s music and film communities.
Any music or film artist who was either born in Northern Ontario or has lived in the north for at least eight consecutive months between January 1, 2001 and August 1, 2003 and has a music or film work that was or will be completed between January 1, 2001 and August 1, 2003 is eligible to be nominated for an award.
Music category submissions are currently being accepted in the following categories:
Best Album: The artist/group must meet residency requirements, but not necessarily the producer. This is awarded to the artist/group and the producer.
Best Francophone Recording: Awarded to the artist or group with the most outstanding francophone recording. This is for vocal performance only. At least 75 per cent of the tracks must be sung in the French language. The artist/group must meet residency requirements.
Best Aboriginal Recording: Awarded to the artist or group in recognition of the recording. If a group, at least 75 per cent of the members must be Aboriginal.
The artist/group must meet residency requirements. Full-length recordings, single releases, or single tracks from multi-track/multi-artist compilations of new material are eligible. In the case of multi-track/multi-artist compilations, each artist must be submitted individually and may only submit one track per compilation.
Best Songwriter: The song submitted must have been released on record during the eligibility period. On collaborations, at least one of the songwriters must meet residency requirements. Single releases or single tracks from multi-track/multi-artist compilations of new material are eligible. If the song is released on a full-length recording, a written notice identifying the specific track must accompany it.
Best Engineer: This award recognizes excellence in the field of audio engineering for studio recordings. The individual must meet residency requirements. Submissions must include three song selections drawn from each of three different projects completed during the eligibility period, for a total of nine song samples. A written notice identifying the names of the artist/songs/al-bum for submitted selections, a bio outlining the individual’s accomplishments during the eligibility period, and a list of all artists/groups worked with during the eligibility period must also be included.
Best Film: All lengths, categories and genres of film, animated or live action, are accepted-including music videos. The producer must meet residency requirements. The award goes to the producer.
Best Director: This award recognizes excellence in film direction. The director must meet residency requirements.
Best Film Editor: This award recognizes excellence in the field of film/video editing. The individual must meet residency requirements.
Best Cinematography: This award recognizes excellence in cinematography and videography. The individual must meet residency requirements.
Best Screenplay: The screenplay must have been completed during the qualifying period. On collaborations, at least one of the screenwriters must meet residency requirements. Screenplays must be complete and conform to industry standard.
All submissions must be received at the MFM office by 5 pm, Aug. 1. For further questions about the awards program please contact Music and Film in Motion (MFM) at 674-9954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the website:
Finalists for each category will be announced at the end of August. Winners will be announced at the awards show to be held in Sudbury, Ontario Sept. 15.