ACCT merges film, TV and digital media awards

Replacing the Geminis and Genies, one consolidated industry event is slated for March 2013.

Say farewell to the Geminis and Genies, and hello to a new gala event for Canada’s film, television and digital media awards.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced Tuesday morning that it will combine its separate celebrations of Canada’s screen industries into one industry event, in a move that looks to boost recognition of Canada’s star sytem.

“Following extensive industry consultation and outreach, the Academy Board announces the consolidation of the Genie and Gemini awards into one major powerhouse show for the Canadian public,” said Academy chair Martin Katz in a statement.

English and French-language films will continue to compete in the new awards show in March 2013, which will also include English-language television and digital awards.

Shows eligible for the 2012 Gemini Awards will be part of the new awards show.

“The Academy’s new awards will be a true showcase of our country’s finest talent in all screen industries in this two-hour star-studded red carpet gala,” added Academy CEO Helga Stephenson.

“This merger offers Quebec artists, filmmakers and producers a unique window to promote their creative work and expertise on the national scene,” said Charles Ohayon, chair of the Montreal Academy Board, in a statement.

Categories in the consolidated awards will remain unchanged, with 24 awards for Canadian film and 94 categories for television and digital projects.

Meanwhile, the annual Gemeaux Awards for French-language television and digital media will air on Radio-Canada, as previously announced, on Sept. 16 this year.

From Playback Daily