SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

January 30, 2008 16:51 ET

Peace Arch Entertainment's 'Luna: Spirit of the Whale' Nominated for Canadian Film and Television Production Assn.'s Prestigious Indie Award

TORONTO--(Marketwire - January 30, 2008) - Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE), an integrated global entertainment company, today announced that its dramatic production "Luna: Spirit of The Whale" received a nomination for best television movie from the prestigious Canadian Film and Television Production Assn.'s (CFTPA) Indie Awards.

Produced by Trish Dolman, "Luna: Spirit of The Whale," will compete for the award at a special CFTPA ceremony Feb. 20 in Ottawa recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian independent producers.

John Flock, President and COO of Peace Arch Entertainment Group, said, "Peace Arch continues to broaden its distribution slate by adding content from various genres, including uplifting family movies like 'Luna: Spirit of The Whale.' The critical and commercial success of this film is an example of our commitment to acquiring and producing quality entertainment that has tangible value in the worldwide marketplace."

"Luna: Spirit of The Whale" has become a film festival favorite in 2007 with screenings at Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth (Vancouver, Canada), Oulu International Children's Film Festival (Finland), Mill Valley Film Festival (California), Sprockets International Film Festival for Children (Toronto, Canada), American Indian Festival (San Francisco), Dreamspeakers Aboriginal Film Festival (Edmonton, Canada), Carrousel International Film Festival (Quebec, Canada), and upcoming in 2008 at Cinema K: Children's Film Festival (Seattle), Ashland Film Festival (Ashland, Oregon) and KidsBestFest (San Rafael, California).

Airing in 2007 on CTV, "Luna: Spirit of The Whale" tells the fictionalized account of an orphaned orca that becomes the center of a spiritual and political controversy.

The movie stars Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers," "Wind Talkers"), Graham Greene ("Transamerica," "The Green Mile"), Tantoo Cardinal ("Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis," "H2O") and Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills 90210").

Based on a true story, an indigenous local tribe adopts Luna, a young stray whale, when they identify it as embodying the spirit of their late chief. When the government decides to transport Luna hundreds of miles overland in an attempt to reunite him with his pod, the tribe fights to protect their whale in a battle that pits political power against spiritual strength. The tribe's young, new chief Mike Maquinna (Adam Beach) finds himself embroiled in a storm that tests his abilities to lead the tribe and maintain their ancient spiritual beliefs in a modern world.

About Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

Peace Arch Entertainment produces and acquires feature films, television and home entertainment content for distribution to worldwide markets. Peace Arch owns one of the largest libraries of top quality independent feature films in the world, featuring more than 1000 classic and contemporary titles. For additional information, please visit For more investor-oriented information about Peace Arch Entertainment, visit For current stock price quotes and news, visit To view an Investor Fact Sheet, visit To read a transcript of a recent Peace Arch investor conference call or listen to an archived recording, please visit

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