Rebelle (War Witch) the Canadian drama written and directed by Kim Nguyen was the big winner at the first ever Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday night.

Comedian Martin Short hosted the big event and brought along two of his best known characters – Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick.

Before the show Glick lined the red carpet and spoke to celebrities as they entered the big event. The character, known for asking strange and sometimes inappropriate questions, amused even those in charge of the big winners.

“Who are you wearing? Or as we say in Canada because of the cold, what are you layering?” Glick asked PricewaterhouseCoopers vice chair Lisa Coulman.

The event, which replaces the Genie and Gemini award shows, recognized the best film, television and digital media productions.

“You’re there to celebrate an audience full of people that have worked hard and to celebrate all the great work that has been done the last year,” Short said.

Rebelle (War Witch) the Oscar-nominated child soldier drama took home 10 of the 12 awards it was nominated for including, best film, best director, best screenplay and best actress for its star Rachel Mwanza.

Other big winners were the police drama Flashpoint, Sarah Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell and the Showtime drama series The Borgias.

The gala took place at the Sony Centre in Toronto and was broadcast live.

Click here to see the full list of nominees.

With files from 680News