Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a Canadian non-profit organization created in 1979 to recognize over 4,000 Canadian film industry and television industry professionals.[2] The mandate of the Academy is to honour outstanding achievements, to heighten public awareness and increase audience attendance and appreciation of Canadian film and television productions, to provide critically needed high-quality professional development programs, conferences and publications.[3]

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
AbbreviationCanadian Academy[1]
Formation1979 (1979)
TypeFilm organization
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada


As of 2012, the Academy's primary national awards program is the Canadian Screen Awards, which were announced in 2012 as a replacement for the formerly distinct Genie Award and Gemini Award ceremonies. The Prix Gémeaux for French-language television remains a separate awards program.[4][5]

The current chief executive officer is Beth Janson,[6] and the chair of the board 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
  • 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[10]


  1. "Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announces new board".
  2. "About the Academy - Academy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  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. "New head of Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television on her vision and rebranding". 680 News, November 14, 2016.
  6. "Chair of Canadian film/TV academy is sweet on calling awards ‘the Candys’". Toronto Star, March 14, 2016.
  7. "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.
  8. "Helga Stephenson, architect of Canadian Screen Awards, steps down". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-24. Retrieved 2012-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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