Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Screen Awards Give Commercial Time to #AfterMeToo Movement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Screen Awards Give Commercial Time to #AfterMeToo Movement

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Canadian Screen Awards embrace #AfterMeToo

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TORONTO - As the film and TV industries grapple with a flood of sexual misconduct allegations, Sunday's Canadian Screen Awards broadcast gala will give airtime to the homegrown #AfterMeToo campaign aimed at mobilizing reform on the issue.

Several recent awards shows have embraced the #MeToo and Time's Up women's empowerment movements with certain dress codes and remarks by hosts and guests.

The Canadian Screen Awards show won't have a dress code but has given some commercial time to the #AfterMeToo group, which recently partnered with the Canadian Women's Foundation to establish a fund for sexual violence support services.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, which puts on the show, also hosted two panels around the topic of sexual misconduct on Thursday as part of Canadian Screen Week.

The academy will also distribute #AfterMeToo pins on the red carpet for Sunday's gala, which honours the best in homegrown film and TV.

"I hope that raises awareness of the fact that this is not just a U.S. industry issue, it does happen here, we need to keep talking about it and we need to be finding our own solutions to it," said Beth Janson, the academy CEO.

"I appreciate the dress codes very much but I think that can also have the effect of sort of checking it off your to-do list, like, 'Yep, I'm done, I wore black, I really supported my people and now let's stop talking about it,'" she added.

"And I didn't think it was the academy's place to put a dress code into effect."

The academy had hoped to have its own code of conduct unveiled in time for this week but Janson said they didn't want it to get buried in the frenzy of the awards, so they'll be "working on it more in-depth post-Canadian Screen Week."

This year's Canadian Screen Awards have boasted "solid slate" of female nominees, who include "Ava" director Sadaf Foroughi and cinematographer Sina Kermanizadeh. That film is nominated for a leading eight awards, including best picture, as is "Never Steady, Never Still" by Kathleen Hepburn. …

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