The Leo Awards are the awards program for the British Columbia film and television industry. Held each May or June in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the Leo Awards were founded by the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia in 1999. A film festival, added in 2005, was cancelled in 2010. Awards categories are numerous, and include but are not exclusive to live action, animated, adult dramatic, children's, documentary film, documentary television, feature films, short films.
The British Columbia film and television industry provides more than 15,000 jobs and generates more than $1 billion (Canadian) in economic activity each year, making the industry an integral one to the economic and social vitality of British Columbia. The Leos were established to provide support and recognition for the work of film and television producers, writers, directors, performers and others.
In 2005, the Leo Awards Film Festival was added to the event as a means of showcasing the best in film and television production honored at the festival. However, due to limited financial resources, the festival was cancelled in 2010.
- 17 dramatic series categories (best series, best direction, best male lead, best female lead, etc.)
- 14 film categories (best feature-length drama, best feature-length comedy, best direction-drama, best direction-comedy, best male lead, best female lead, editing, etc.)
- 13 short drama categories
- 10 documentary program or series categories (best documentary screenwriting, best documentary director, best documentary series, etc.)
- 5 information or lifestyle series categories (best comedy or variety program or series, best information or lifestyle program, best host/s in an information or lifestyle series, etc.)
- 5 animation program or series categories
- 5 youth or children's program or series categories (best series, best direction, best performance, etc.)
- 4 music, comedy or variety program or series categories
- 2 talk series categories
- 1 student production category
- 1 music video category (best music video)
The Leos also honor a group and/or an individual for outstanding achievement.
In 2010, the awards were given in 75 categories, of which 62 were technical or craft awards. In 2012, the organization created three new categories of award: best performance (voice) in an animation program or series; best casting in a feature length drama; and best casting in a dramatic series.
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