291 FILM COMPANY
Since 2004, 291 Film Company has produced award-winning broadcast television series’ and one-off arts and nature documentaries for major Canadian broadcasters including documentary Channel, APTN, Oasis, VisionTV, Knowledge, Bravo!, and Citytv. 291’s shows are distributed internationally, in more than 40 countries.
291’s productions have been nominated for seven Gemini/Canadian Screen Awards, for key categories including producing, directing, cinematography, and sound, winning in 2008 for the arts and nature series Landscape as Muse (Best Arts Documentary Program or Series).
291 produced the theatrical feature documentary and digital media project Bugs on the Menu, nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project Non-Fiction. Its latest is the series Ageless Gardens, which was nominated for six Leo Awards in 2018. It is currently in production on its second season.
Etthén Heldeli: Caribou Eaters (2018-1x60)
Ageless Gardens, I (2018-5x30)
Bugs on the Menu (2016-1x90/60)
The DocMakers (2013-1x60)
The Nature of Inspiration (2012-1x60)
Great Minds of Design, I (2011-6x30)
Untamed Gourmet, I-II (2010/12-12x30)
Saskatchewan River Delta (2009-1x60)
Landscape as Muse, I-V (2004-08-51x30)
Ageless Gardens, II (2019-5x30)
Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe (2019-1x30)
2018 Leo Award Nominations
-- Best Documentary Series: Mark Bradley, David Springbett, Ian Toews, Ageless Gardens, Season I
-- Best Direction: Ian Toews, Ageless Gardens, Season I "Healing Plants"
-- Best Cinematography: Ian Toews, Ageless Gardens, Season I "Healing Plants"
-- Best Editing: Jason Nielsen, Ageless Gardens, Season I "Healing Plants"
-- Best Sound: David j. Taylor, Ageless Gardens, Season I "Healing Plants"
-- Best Music: Amanda Cawley, Ageless Gardens, Season I "Healing Plants"
2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Regina (Department of Film)
-- Presented to Ian Toews for excellent and outstanding contributions to the art of film, and the film industry.
2017 Canadian Screen Award Nomination
-- Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction: Ryan Andal, Jason Legge, Stefan Grambart, Mark Bradley, Ian Toews, Mike Wavrecan, Bugs on the Menu
2017 Leo Award Nominations
-- Best Web Series: Mark Bradley, Ian Toews, Mike Wavrecan, Bugs on the Menu
2014 Canadian Screen Award Nomination:
-- Best Direction in a Documentary Series: Ian Toews, Untamed Gourmet, Season II "Prince Edward Island Lobster"
2010 Gemini Awards Nomination:
-- Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series: Ian Toews, Saskatchewan River Delta
-- Best Sound in a Doc Program or Series: Cary Ciesielski, Dave Taylor Lucas Hart, Saskatchewan River Delta
2009 CFTPA Indie Award Winner:
-- Best Documentary Series: Ian Toews, Landscape As Muse, Season IV
2008 Gemini Award Winner:
-- Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series: Ian Toews, Landscape as Muse, Season IV
2007 Gemini Awards Nominations:
-- Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series: Ian Toews, Landscape as Muse, Season II "The Forest with Peter von Tiesenhausen"
-- Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series: Ian Toews, Landscape as Muse, Season III
2000 Tampere International Short Film Festival. Tampere, Finland
-- Grand Prix, International Competition: Four Corners
1999 New York Exposition of Short Film. New York, USA
-- Jury Award Experimental Film: Four Corners
1999 Media City Film Festival. Windsor, ON, Canada
-- Jury Citation for Excellence: Four Corners