|A still from Watermark ©Edward Burtynsky, |
courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York
Even more significant among the rule changes is a new guideline that requires films that use festival screenings to qualify for the awards to confirm their intention to screen theatrically before the Canadian Screen Award ceremony. This essentially mirrors the need for a film to have a qualifying run for the Academy Awards before the end of the calendar year prior to expanding a theatrical release to capitalize on awards buzz. This change in the CSA rules still allows for Canadian films of modest means to be eligible for awards consideration using the festival circuit; however, it also preserves the integrity of the awards because films are less likely to manipulate the rules in the name of earning hardware over films of legitimate eligbility.
The new rules and regulations include additions and changes to the TV and digital categories as well, which may be found on the Academy's website. All in all, I'm very happy with these improvements from the Academy!