May 14, 2013 - CTV Original Holiday Film THE HORSES OF McBRIDE Nominated for Five Leo Awards

TORONTO (May 14, 2013) – CTV’s heart-warming original television movie THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE has been nominated in five categories for the 2103 Leo Awards:


Direction – Anne Wheeler
Screenwriting – Anne Wheeler
Cinematography – Peter Woeste
Picture Editing – Lara Mazur
Lead Performance – Female – MacKenzie Porter


A major CTV holiday television event, filmed outside of Calgary and inspired by real-life events, THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE follows the residents of McBride, B.C., who sacrificed their Christmas to pull together and miraculously rescue two starving horses trapped deep within the Canadian Rockies. The movie premiered to great acclaim in December 2012, drawing in 1.3 million viewers during its premiere, making it the most-watched drama of the night with total viewers and an instant holiday classic.


Leading up to the premiere, critics were unanimous in their praise: “…perfect for the Christmas season…” said The Calgary Herald; “the movie is a pleasure to watch,” said The Globe and Mail; and the Medicine Hat News said it’s “a story that promises to warm the heart before Christmas.”


Written and directed by Gemini Award-winning director Anne Wheeler (BOMB GIRLS, Better Than Chocolate), and executive produced by Gemini award-winning actor/director Paul Gross (ZOS: ZONE OF SEPERATION, THE TROJAN HORSE) and Daytime EMMY® Award-winning producer Frank Siracusa (THE YARD, Hobo with a Shotgun, Passchendaele), the two-hour television movie stars EMMY®-nominated actor Aidan Quinn (ELEMENTARY, Unknown), Kari Matchett (COVERT AFFAIRS, 24) and MacKenzie Porter (R.L. Stine’s THE HAUNTING HOUR, WILD ROSES).


The film is produced by Whizbang Films in association with Bell Media, and distributed internationally by Entertainment One.


The Leo Awards will be presented June 7 and 8 at The Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.


Bruce McDonald’s latest effort, The Husband, premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. More casting news to follow in the coming weeks…


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*Source: BBM Canada


For more information, please contact :
Sonya Di Rienzo, Whizbang Films Inc., 416.516.5899 or
Matthew Almeida, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.2629 or