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Reel Asian is pleased to welcome the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for a presentation about their professional development programs and talent activation initiatives, including:
These programs are all free to apply and selected individuals receive financial support as part of their engagement with the Academy!
The Academy is committed to discovering and nurturing all levels of talent through professional training and guidance. Hear from Angela Moritsugu (Director, Talent Development Programs) about how the Academy is creating a more equitable and diverse Canadian screen-based industry.
The Canadian Academy also produces the Canadian Screen Awards, bringing together the screen-based industry annually to celebrate the country’s top talent in the film, television and digital sectors at Canadian Screen Week. Academy members are responsible for voting for and determining the nominees and winners, and eligible members are able to screen nominated films, television shows, and digital projects during the voting period in order to cast their vote.
Find out from Louis Calabro (VP, Programming & Awards) about how to become a member of the Academy and enjoy the perks of free access to networking opportunities and events such as the year-round Academy Talks and Academy Screens series, as well as numerous other benefits and discounts.
This event is a great opportunity for filmmakers at any stage of their career who have the ambition to take the next step in their professional development. Meet other Academy members and hear about their experiences, or talk to creatives who have been part of past cohorts of the Academy’s various talent development programs.
Complimentary catering and an open bar for beer & non-alcoholic are included. Walk-up admissions are welcome (subject to capacity) but registration at the door will be required.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional media arts organization in Canada. With a membership of more than 4,000 emerging and established industry professionals, we are dedicated to developing, recognizing, celebrating, and advocating for Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.
The Canadian Academy strives to foster industry growth, knowledge, inclusion, and mentorship through a series of professional development programs and talent activation initiatives. These include the Executive Residency Program, Women in Post program, WBD Access x Canadian Academy Writers and Directors Programs, the Music Video Production (MVP) Project, and new this year is Misdirect: The Nick Nemeroff Comedy Grant. There are no fees to apply to any of our programs, and all selected participants and grant recipients receive financial support as part of their engagement with the Academy. Aimed at creating a more equitable and diverse Canadian screen-based industry, we are committed to discovering and nurturing all levels of talent through professional training and guidance.
The Canadian Academy produces the Canadian Screen Awards, bringing together the screen-based industry annually to celebrate the country’s top talent in the film, television and digital sectors at Canadian Screen Week. In 2013, the Canadian Screen Awards were born as the result of a merger of the Academy’s Gemini and Genie Awards, which, respectively, honoured English-language television and film.
Academy members are responsible for voting for and determining the nominees and winners of the Canadian Screen Awards and Les prix Gémeaux, and eligible members are able to screen nominated films, television shows, and digital projects during the voting period in order to cast their vote. Members also receive free access to networking opportunities and events such as the year-round Academy Talks and Academy Screens series, as well as numerous other benefits and discounts.
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
5 – 7 PM ET
FREE TO ATTEND
The Commons @ 401 Richmond
401 Richmond, 4th Floor
This event has reached capacity for advance RSVPs, but we recognize that not everyone will show up. There will be a limited number of walk-up spaces available on the day of the event. Please arrive a little before 5PM and register on the spot for a walk-up space!
Director, Talent Development Programs
Angela Moritsugu is the Director of Talent Development Programs at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Previously, she’s worked on numerous independent Canadian productions in roles across departments, founded her own screening series, and lent her skills to organizations such as TIFF, Hot Docs, the Canadian Film Centre, and the Royal Ontario Museum. She regularly guest instructs a University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies module, and ran an arts-based professional development company for over three years.
An enthusiastic member and supporter of the Canadian screen industry, Angela is passionate about nurturing emerging talent and encouraging life-long learning. As a multiracial woman, she has found that the film industry can present many closed doors to those who are not already well-connected or don’t fit a certain profile. She feels lucky to have built a network of both film and professional development industry contacts, despite these obstacles, and aims to use the resources at her disposal to support filmmakers with diverse backgrounds in launching and furthering their careers.
VP, Programming & Awards
Louis Calabro, the Vice President of Programming & Awards at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, is responsible for managing all aspects of the Academy’s year-round programming events and professional development initiatives. He also produces and supervises elements related to the Canadian Screen Awards, in addition to founding the Prism Prize, a prestigious national arts award for the best Canadian music video of the year. Calabro also oversees the Music Video Production Project grant, in partnership with RBCxMusic, providing over $300,000.00 in annual music video production grants. Before his current role, he co-founded Goin’ Steady Productions in 2005, where he DJed and produced over 300 events in Toronto and Montréal. Holding a Major in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, he currently resides and works in Toronto.