Canada launching Screen Awards

By: Tucker Harrington

America’s neighbors to the North are looking to honor the best in Canadian films, and the nation is doing so in a big way. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television will be hosting its first-ever Canadian Screen Awards during a six day fete, according The Hollywood Reporter.

The Academy announced its big plans recently, and the almost week-long Canadian Screen Week will take place from February 26 through March 3, with the awards given out on the final night. The awards show is meant to replace the Genie Awards, which celebrated Canadian films, and the Gemini Awards that are handed out for TV. The updated show will combined the two into one major evening.

Helga Stephenson, the CEO of the Academy, believes combining the previously separate awards will offer fans a chance to see their favorite actors in one big outlet.

“It’s time to get together to explore the emerging combination of the three disciplines,” Stephenson told the publication. “I’m hoping that this Canadian Screen Week will take root and have the potential to become an annual summit where new ideas are discussed.”

CBC News reports Canadian born actor and comedian Martin Short will host the first annual gala.