'Moose TV' surprises in TV comedy category

MONTREAL — Sarah Polley’s feature directorial debut “Away From Her” won the feature film prize at the inaugural Indie Awards, which were handed out Wednesday night at a ceremony in Ottawa.

The awards were doled out as part of the kickoff for the annual Prime Time conference of the Canadian Film and Television Producers Assn.

The Polley pic’s victory was unsurprising; it is up for two Oscars — for actress (Julie Christie) and adapted screenplay (Polley) — this Sunday. It also just won the Claude Jutra Award, a prize to be handed out at March 3’s Canadian Genie Awards and recognizing a first-time feature filmmaker.

Much more surprising was the win for little indie sitcom “Moose TV” in the comedy series category, besting ratings leaders “Corner Gas” and “Little Mosque on the Prairie.” “Moose TV,” which stars Adam Beach as a native Canadian who returns to his hometown and starts up a pirate TV station, is produced by Montreal production house Rezolution Pictures and aired on the pay TV channel Showcase.

The prize for children’s or youth series went to “Generation XXL,” produced by 2151 Film & Television; docu series nod went to “Saving Luna,” from Mountainside Films; and WestWind Pictures production “Designer Guys” took the honors for lifestyle series.

The miniseries prize went to “October 1970,” a Barna-Alper production about a true terrorist incident in Quebec that aired on pubcaster CBC. Primetime drama series nod went to the dark serial-killer drama “Durham County,” which aired on pay webs the Movie Network and Movie Central, and Shaftesbury Films’ “In God’s Country” took TV movie.

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