The British Columbia film and television industry provides more than 25,000 jobs and generates more than $2 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.
Awards are given to films released in the prior calendar year. 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. The award categories include:
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