The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television will present filmmaker Randall Okita with the inaugural John Dunning Discovery Award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.
Okita will be recognized for his debut feature The Lockpicker. The Discovery Award is presented to the best micro-budget film of the year, which has had a theatrical release or been accepted to two approved Canadian festivals within the year.
The award was created in collaboration with Greg Dunning in honour of his late father John, the Meatballs executive producer and co-founder of Cinepix (which was sold to Lionsgate in 1997).
The ACCT also announced it will honour Tantoo Cardinal with the Earle Grey Award and filmmaker and journalist Simcha Jacobovici with the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.
The ACCT will also honour veteran actor Christopher Plummer with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Screen Awards, which will be held Mar. 12 in Toronto.
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