TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is
pleased to announce that the 31st Annual Genie Awards will be broadcast live on CBC on Thursday, March 10, 2011 (time TBD). The annual celebration of Canadian film will take place in
Ottawa at the National Arts Centre.
"It has been an extraordinary year for Canadian cinema. Our films and
filmmakers have garnered critical acclaim, accolades, and awards from
around the world. It seems absolutely fitting to celebrate the
industry's successes in the nation's capital and with its public
broadcaster," said Ron Cohen, Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
"From Incendies to Barney's Version and many others, this has been an exciting year internationally and at
home for Canadian film," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official
Languages. "The Genie Awards are an important recognition for Canada's film
industry of the talent and caliber of Canadian film - I am pleased that
this year's Genie Awards show will cap a year of successful Canadian
film screenings in Ottawa".
"In what has been a tremendous year, Canadian films continue to surprise
and inspire audiences across our country and around the world," said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice President, CBC English Services. "CBC is proud of its ongoing support of Canada's film industry and
pleased to partner with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
with the broadcast of this year's Genie Awards."
"There is no better backdrop than the Nation's Capital to showcase a
celebration of Canadian film and the people who create and star in it,"
said Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa. "We are thrilled to welcome the Genie Awards back to the City of
"The National Arts Centre is pleased to be the venue host for the 2011
Genie Awards," said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. "Every element of Canadian culture showcased by the NAC is captured in
Canadian film and we are delighted to work with the Academy and CBC to
bring it all together on one stage for this year's Genie Awards."
"As our Nation's Capital, Ottawa is every Canadian's second hometown,"
said the Honourable John Baird, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean. "When the Genie Awards come to town, Canada's film industry leaders
will have the support of the City and the entire country."
Nominations will be announced on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
Since 1980, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has served to
unify the country's film industry by honouring and showcasing
outstanding achievements in Canadian cinema with the annual
presentation of The Genie Awards. For three decades, the Genies - like
the Canadian Film Awards before them - have celebrated and affirmed
Canada's national cinema. Promoting all facets of film, the Genies have
evolved over the years, introducing new awards categories to reflect
the ongoing growth and development of the industry.
For more information about the Genie Awards, visit www.genieawards.ca.
About the ACCT:
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a
national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the
promotion, recognition, and celebration of exceptional achievements in
Canadian film and television. Unifying professionals across Canada, the
ACCT is a vital and integral force, representing all areas of the film
and television industries.
SOURCE ACADEMY OF CANADIAN CINEMA
For further information:
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Ph: 416-366-2227 ext 238
Veritas Communications (on behalf of CBC)