The Canadian Academy is a year-round platform for excellence in Canadian television, film, and digital media, which culminates in Canadian Screen Week each spring. Membership is an opportunity to join a vibrant community of your peers and celebrate excellence in our industry.
Academy members are responsible for voting for and determining the nominees and winners of the Canadian Screen Awards and Les Prix Gemeaux, 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 professional development such as year-round Academy Talks and Academy Screens events, as well as numerous other benefits and discounts.
Who can become an Academy member?
The Canadian Academy offers several types of memberships to accommodate many individuals. All memberships are individual and non-transferable.
Over 90% of our members hold voting memberships with the Academy. Eligibility for voting membership is determined by the number of professional credits an individual holds in the division to which they are applying.
Offered to members residing outside of Canada
Not yet eligible for a voting membership? A non-voting membership is designed for emerging career professionals and students interested in joining the Academy’s community and taking advantage of the professional development and networking opportunities throughout the year. Non-voting memberships are offered in two types:
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An Equity and Inclusion Fund has been established to ensure that cost is not a barrier for any under-represented industry professional to fully participate in Canadian Academy events. The intention of this fund is to provide need-based assistance for membership fees to anyone who may require it, however 80% of the funds are set aside specifically for applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, a person with a disability, or those who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Joining the Canadian Academy is joining a community of 4,500 industry professionals across Canada.
All Academy Members receive:
FREE admission to our Academy Talks and Academy Screens series: exceptional networking and professional development opportunities, including moderated panels, special guest speakers, industry-partner events, preview screenings, and more.
Opportunities to connect
with other members via our Members-Only Facebook Group and
ScreenShare: the Canadian Academy’s Virtual Screen Club.
Preferred admission rates
to cinemas and screenings across Canada.
Exclusive member discounts
on retail and services, fitness and recreation, hotels, subscriptions, attractions, and more!
Voting Members of the Academy can also:
Have their voice heard
and vote to determine the nominees and winners of the Canadian Screen Awards.
for Canadian Screen Week submissions
Free admission to our Academy Talks series: a year-round series of moderated panels and special guest speakers sharing insight on their creative strategies, innovative business approaches, and industry leadership. View our calendar for upcoming events and our YouTube channel for recordings of previous virtual events.
Invitations to our exclusive Academy Screens series: an ongoing screening series showcasing pre-releases and premieres from the best in world film and television. Events are free and exclusive to Academy members. View our calendar for upcoming events.
The Canadian Academy’s Virtual Screen Club: a chance to virtually engage with our community through small group discussions offering members the opportunity to discuss their reactions, thoughts and feelings about a predetermined Canadian film, television show, or web series.
Exclusive free admission to Canadian films. Present your Academy membership card and photo ID at the customer service desk of any Cineplex Odeon, Famous Players, and Galaxy Theatres to receive your free ticket.
Free Perkopolis account, granting access to discounts and offers on travel, hotels, car rental, movies, wellness, attractions, theatre, and food. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your individual promo code.
Discounts on car and home insurance for members and their families. Free belairdirect assistance with home insurance, including various services available in the event of illness, accident or hospitalisation.
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Receive a 20% discount on books at Indigo, Chapters, Coles and IndigoSpirit stores across Canada. Redeem by presenting membership card and photo ID, and quoting account #90176165. Only valid in store. Does not apply to sale items, CDs, DVDs, magazines, games, electronics, or gift and paper products.
Receive a 20% discount on all regularly priced items. To redeem in-store, present your membership card at the point of sale. For online sales, please contact email@example.com with your membership number to obtain a promo code. Discount is not available with any other promotions.
Access to an online group and open discussion forum of your peers in the industry. Promote your upcoming projects, screenings, and events, post job opportunities, participate in ticket giveaways, and share interesting industry news. Join the group here.
When processing your application, Academy staff will review your provided IMDb page and register you under the branches they believe most relevant based on the credits listed there. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a letter in the mail that includes your new membership card as well as a list of the branches you have been registered under. If you believe some are missing, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. If you start working in additional roles and areas, please let us know and we will add them to your membership at any time.
Yes. You should register for as many voting branches as you are eligible as it may affect the areas in which you can vote.
No. All projects must be complete and have already been theatrically released in Canada or have aired on a Canadian network or cable TV station to be eligible towards your voting membership.
Yes. Each episode of television qualifies as one credit, even if they are from the same program.
Yes. Documentary films, television programs, and digital content now have their own voting branches. If you have held a credited role on a documentary program, you will be registered under the documentary voting branch, provided you meet the eligibility requirements.
We must be able to verify your credits in some way. An IMDb page is the easiest way for us to do this, but you can also have a producer or director associated with the project write a letter verifying your credit on the project, as well as the project’s status as a Canadian production and release.
Both. If the film was released theatrically (or screened at two film festivals recognized by Telefilm), it is eligible under the Cinema Division. If it was later broadcast on television as a limited series or movie of the week, it is eligible under the Television Division as well.
Not necessarily. We are constantly updating our eligibility requirements to match the roles and credits in the industry, but recognize we may be missing a few. Contact our Membership Department with your information, including what projects you have worked on, and we can determine if you qualify.
Yes. If you have comparable credits on non-Canadian projects and are a Canadian Citizen you can join as an International Voting Member.
Code of Conduct.
Canadian Academy members, nominees, jurors, and committee members agree to our Code of Conduct and recognize the right of every individual to safety, dignity, and respect in a professional environment.