The Canadian Screen Awards are happening Sunday, March 1, and while we rush to catch up on great Canadian television and film, we also started wondering…
How does the voting process work?
Fortunately, we know people who know people, and got the scoop from an industry insider.
Who votes for the awards?
The Television and Digital Media section of the CSA’s is made up of industry professionals who form juries. There are just under 350 jurors who make up 60 jury groups, each deliberating on different categories.
Juries are made up of peers. Ie. editors sit on juries for editing categories, directors in directing categories, etc.
How do the jurors vote?
The juries pre-screen the entered materials and vote by consensus on the nominations. This vote happens at an in-person meeting over one weekend in Toronto, as well as across Canada.
After the nominees are announced, the TV-division members of the Academy vote on the nominees on a secure, password protected online voting site, which ultimately determines the winner.
Do jurors repeat from one year to another or are they always different?
The Academy looks for different jurors each year.
How does someone become a juror?
Academy members are encouraged to “apply” to be jurors through the Academy’s online portal, a selection process is administered by the Academy where experience and past credits are examined before determining whether a person is qualified to serve.
When it comes to jury selection, the Academy are looking for the most qualified jurors. Someone with a proven track record of experience within the industry, within the area of expertise they are judging. Although preferred, Academy membership is not required to be a juror.
How does one become an Academy member/how much does it cost?
Details can be found at http://www.academy.ca/Membership/Membership-Types-And-Fees
How are submissions made?
Entrants are required to submit materials online specific to the categories they are entering. They require (amongst other things) an upload of the show/film, as well as items like on-screen credits, production stills, headshots (for actor categories), synopses, etc.
So there you have it! Questions? Tweet us @ClutchPR. And be sure to check out the live broadcast on CBC at 8 p.m.