“Snowtime,” the 2015 3D animation film from Quebec, Canada about a group of village children who form two teams to play a snowball fight during Christmas holidays, is a breakout hit. The film will receive the Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film as last year’s top Canadian box office draw.
The animated feature, directed by Jean-François Pouliot, is a remake of the 1984 live-action film “The Dog Who Stopped the War” (La Guerre des Tuques) by André Mélançon. The 3D animated film earned $3.36 million at the Canadian box office last year, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
The film is voiced by Nicholas Savard-L’Herbier who plays Luc (French version) and Angela Galuppo in English. Sophie is voiced by Mariloup Wolfe in French and Lucinda Davis in English. Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame, Ross Lynch, Sonja Ball and Don Shepherd also lend their voices. Singer Celine Dion and French-Canadian rock band “Simple Plan” contribute to the soundtrack of the film composed by Jorane and Eloi Painchaud.
“Snowtime” had its American premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will be released across the United States on February 19.
“Snowtime revives a hit story that’s been engaging audiences for over 30 years,” said Academy Chair Martin Katz, reports Northernstars. “This Cineplex Golden Screen Award proves stories that entertain the whole family can also be box office gold,” Katz added.
The 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, previously called The Cineplex Golden Reel Award, is organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. It is scheduled to take place on March 13 in Toronto and will air on the CBC network.
The Golden Screen Awards will also be presented to the most-watched TV program and most-watched reality show. The finalists according to CBC News are as follows.
Top series, limited series or TV movie:
CBC’s The Book of Negroes
CTV’s Corner Gas: The Movie
CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries
Global’s Rookie Blue
CTV’s Saving Hope
Top reality show:
CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada
Global’s Big Brother Canada
CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person
CBC’s Dragons’ Den
CTV’s MasterChef Canada