Academy Programming.

Talent Development Programs

Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women

The Canadian Academy Directors Program is an initiative that came from the Academy’s desire to reach gender parity and ensure the greater representation of women and women-identifying directors working in today’s screen-based media industry.

The program is designed to bolster the professional development of Canadian directors by providing hands-on experience through a wide range of activities, including an exclusive professional development symposium, a six-part online learning module, and curated on-set director observer placements with established production companies and high-profile directors.

WarnerMedia x Canadian Academy Global Access Writers Program

The WarnerMedia x Canadian Academy Global Access Writers Program is a talent activation initiative focused on experienced Canadian writers from underrepresented communities. This program is for storytellers who are experts in their craft but who may not have had the opportunity to reach their full industry potential, and whose individual voice and perspective may still be unheard. The applicants selected will have the opportunity to continue to hone their craft and to gain deeper industry knowledge and exposure to WarnerMedia executives, creators and established industry professionals.

The WarnerMedia x Canadian Academy Global Access Writers Program is a multi-year initiative sponsored by WarnerMedia and administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, in collaboration with Telefilm Canada

Prism Prize

Established in 2012, the Prism Prize is an annual awards program recognizing outstanding artistry in Canadian music video production.

Each year, a jury of more than 120 Canadian music and film industry professionals nominate the Top 20 Canadian music videos of the year as well as a recipient of the Grand Prize, which carries a substantial cash prize. Several other special award recipients are named each year, in hopes of celebrating talent on both sides of the camera.

Music Video Production Project

The Music Video Production (MVP) Project, with support from the RBC Foundation, was established to promote the intersection of emerging Canadian Recording Artists and Filmmakers through Music Video Production Grants valued between $5,000 and $15,000.

The MVP Project, a joint RBCxMusic & Prism Prize initiative, is committed to supporting emerging artists. The MVP Project is administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Year-Round Programming & Events

Academy Talks

A year-round professional development series, Academy Talks events feature moderated panels and special guest speakers sharing insight on their creative strategies, innovative business approaches, and industry leadership. Events are open to the public and available digitally from anywhere, with tickets available for purchase online. They are free for all Academy members and allow for participation by individuals with a range of industry experience.

Academy Screens

Academy Screens is an ongoing screening series showcasing pre-releases and premieres from the best in world film and television. Screenings are free and exclusive to Academy members.

Where to Watch

Throughout 2021, the Where to Watch initiative, presented by Telefilm Canada, will spotlight diverse Canadian content available to be streamed online, shedding new light on remarkable films, television shows, and digital media. With a new theme each month, these lists will feature new releases, upcoming festival selections, and Canadian classics – reminding you of all the reasons why you love Canadian content!


ScreenShare: the Canadian Academy’s Virtual Screen Club. Each session, we gather in small groups of individuals to discuss a classic Canadian film, television show or web series These small discussions offer members the opportunity to discuss their reactions, thoughts and feelings about the work while engaging with our community face-to-face – albeit virtually!