During the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards, which honor Canadian English-language film, television, and digital media productions for artistic and technical merit, Sheridan graduates were well-represented.
All of the recipients are graduates of Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design. Some of them have won before, like the PAW Patrol creative team, which is a popular preschool television show.
A few exceptionally gifted rookies likewise added their names to CSA’s renowned honor list. The winners were honored by Dr. Janet Morrison, President and Vice-Chancellor of Sheridan, for their dedication to their respective fields and pursuit of excellence. She continues, “We are so proud of our graduates who continue to innovate and create across the media landscape of Canada, bringing diverse stories to life, producing outstanding work, and paving the way for future generations.”
Eight contests were won by graduates of Sheridan. They are:
- Timothy Muirhead (Media Arts’ 98), Luke Dante (Media Arts’ 16), Kyle Peters (Media Arts’ 08), Ryan Ongaro (Media Arts’ 12) and Patton Rodrigues (Media Arts’ 12) for Best Sound, Animation, for their work on PAW Patrol.
- Carmen Albano (Art Fundamentals’ 96) and Joe Kicak (Advanced TV & Film’ 08) for Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series, Detention Adventure.
- Kicak received a second win for Best Visual Effects, again for his work on Detention Adventure.
- Ceréna Sierra (Music Theatre’ 12) for Best Original Music, Comedy for Sort Of.
- Nigel Akam (Media Arts’ 93) for Best Sports Feature Segment, Left Behind.
- Toni Stevens (Media Arts’ 85) for Best Pre-School Program or Series, PAW Patrol.
- Michael Fukushima (Animation’ 85) for Best Immersive Experience, The Orchid and the Bee.
The late Charles E. Bastien, a 1986 Animation graduate, was also honored at the CSAs. For his work on PAW Patrol, Bastien won the award for Best Direction in Animation. In a career that saw him produce works that delighted audiences all over the world, this was his third time receiving the prestigious award.
The honors were introduced in a seven-section series of kind based virtual shows live gushed all through Canadian Screen Week 2023 from April 11-16, 2023. This year, more than 60 people nominated Sheridan graduates, continuing the school’s reputation for excellence in the arts. The Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design’s award-winning alumni have a long track record of success at the Canadian Screen Awards and other prestigious awards shows like the Oscars and Emmys.
Image for the banner: Sheridan graduate and movie producer Joe Kicak (left) with proficient camera administrator Brett Hurd (right).