Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a Canadian non-profit organization created in 1979 to recognize the achievements of the over 4,000 Canadian film industry and television industry professionals, most notably through the Canadian Screen Awards[2] The mandate of the Academy is to honour outstanding achievements; to heighten public awareness of and increase audience attendance of and appreciationпа of Canadian film and television productions; and to provide critically needed, high-quality professional development programs, conferences and publications.[1]

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
AbbreviationCanadian Academy[1]
Formation1979; 43 years ago (1979)
TypeFilm organization
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
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Since 2012, the Academy's primary national awards program is the Canadian Screen Awards, which were announced that year as a replacement for the formerly distinct Genie Award (for film) and Gemini Award (for television) ceremonies. The Prix Gémeaux for French-language television remains a separate awards program.[3][4]

The organization also administers the Prism Prize for music videos.[5]

The current chief executive officer is Beth Janson,[6] and the president is Martin Katz.[7] The organization's previous CEO was Helga Stephenson, who announced that she was stepping down in April 2016.[8][9]


  • 1979 — The Academy of Canadian Cinema is established
  • 1980 — The Etrog is renamed the Genie Award
  • 1980 — The 1st Genie Awards ceremony is held
  • 1985 — The organization is renamed the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
  • 1986 — The Gemini Award statuette is unveiled
  • 1987 — The 1st Prix Gémeaux ceremony is held
  • 1993 — The Claude Jutra Award is established to recognize first time directors
    • Following the February 2016 publication of Yves Lever's biography of Jutra, containing allegations that Jutra had sexually abused underage children during his lifetime, the Academy announced that it was removing Jutra's name from the award.[10] The award is now called the John Dunning Best First Feature Award.[11]
  • 1995 — The Academy's official website,, goes online
  • 2003 — Digital Media Awards are introduced at the 2010 Gemini Awards
  • 2008 — The Prix Gémeaux ceremony is webcast
  • 2012 — Academy announces the merger of its Gemini and Genie Awards programs into the Canadian Screen Awards[12]

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  1. ^ a b "About the Academy - Academy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  2. ^ "Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announces new board".
  3. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards nominations announced, including Oscar darlings Room and Brooklyn". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  4. ^ McIntosh, Andrew. "Canadian Screen Awards". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  5. ^ Nick Krewen, "The Prism Prize began just as TV music videos were waning, but TikTok has given it new prominence". Toronto Star, July 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "New head of Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television on her vision and rebranding". 680 News, November 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Chair of Canadian film/TV academy is sweet on calling awards ‘the Candys’". Toronto Star, March 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Helga Stephenson to step down as head of Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television". Times Colonist. Archived from the original on 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  9. ^ "Helga Stephenson, architect of Canadian Screen Awards, steps down". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  10. ^ "Claude Jutra's name to be pulled from Quebec film awards" Archived March 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Ottawa Citizen, February 17, 2016.
  11. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards leave Hollywood behind". The Globe and Mail, January 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-24. Retrieved 2012-01-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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