DAVE School Graduate Takes Home Prestigious Canadian Screen Award for Visual Effects

DAVE School Graduate Juan Carlos Ferra (2012) was recently recognized for his Visual Effects work at the 9th Annual Canadian Screen Awards. The winners were announced over a seven-part series of presentations that were live streamed Monday, May 17, 2021, to Thursday, May 20, 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

What are the Canadian Screen Awards?

The Canadian Screen Awards honors outstanding achievements in the Canadian television, film, and digital media industries. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television administers the awards to the recipients. In order for projects to be eligible for nominations at the awards, it must be either produced or co-produced in Canada. Projects that are shot in the country without involving Canadian production crews are ineligible.

Juan Carlos Ferra was a compositor on the film ‘Blood Quantum’ which led film honors in this year’s awards, taking home a total of seven Canadian Screen Awards. Ferra was a recipient of the Achievement in Visual Effects award for his work on the project. The film was also awarded the following: Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Make-Up, Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Editing, Performance by an Actor and Best Stunt Coordination.

Are the Canadian Screen Awards Prestigious?

The Canadian Screen Awards are considered the most prestigious Canadian award recognizing industry filmmakers and artists; they are often referred to as the equivalent of the annual Oscars and Emmy Awards held in the United States.

What is the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television?

Creators of the Canadian Screen Awards, they are the largest non-profit professional media arts organization in Canada.  With over 4,000 members, they are dedicated to developing, recognizing, celebrating and advocating for Canadian talent in film, television and digital media.

About The DAVE School

The DAVE School was founded on June 8, 2000 by two Industry executives looking to create #CareerReady artists with a practical animation school. Today, The DAVE School offers specialized training in Visual Effects and Game Production with extensive practice under industry level supervision.

Located on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida®, The DAVE School has an 18,000 square foot facility that includes learning and interactive labs, a dedicated Virtual and Real-Time production stage, a Vicon motion capture system, 3D printing and VR/AR labs and secure student access 7 days a week.

NUC University (NUC) is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) www.msche.org. NUC’s NUC University – IBC Technical Division (NUC-IBC), NUC University – Florida Technical College (NUC-FTC), and The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School) is included in this accreditation. NUC’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on 2019 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)