Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TIFF wins first Academy Legacy Award

To honour its 40th anniversary, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will receive the first Academy Legacy Award - for unyielding dedication in bringing international acclaim to Canadian talent in film, television or digital media - it was announced today by Helga Stephenson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

"TIFF put Canada on the world stage. It brought Canadian cinema into the international spotlight. It established Toronto as a key date on the festival circuit for players around the globe. The Academy salutes TIFF for its resolute commitment to Canadian cinema," says Stephenson.

The inaugural Academy Legacy Award, a Canadian Screen Award, will be presented at CANADA STARS IN AWARDS SEASON, a red carpet event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills (February 19, 2015), to celebrate excellence of Canada's talent in the film and television industry, co-hosted by the Academy, Telefilm Canada and the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.

"TIFF's commitment to showcasing Canadian cinema, to both Canadians and the world, has played an important role in promoting homegrown talent and success stories," says Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada Executive Director. "TIFF is most deserving of this newly minted Academy Legacy Award, and the CANADA STARS IN AWARDS SEASON event in Los Angeles is a most fitting event to spotlight the contribution of our talent in front of and behind the camera," she adds.

"We are so pleased to receive this inaugural award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF. "TIFF's mandate is to champion Canadian cinema at home and abroad and to inspire Canadian talent to become tomorrow's leaders in the industry. We're thrilled to be recognized for our efforts."

Consul General James Villeneuve will also attend CANADA STARS IN AWARDS SEASON and the inaugural presentation of the Academy Legacy Award to TIFF.


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