In its 40th anniversary year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will receive the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honour.

The first Academy Legacy Award comes in recognition of “unyielding dedication in bringing international acclaim to Canadian talent in film, television or digital media.”

“TIFF put Canada on the world stage,” said Academy CEO Helga Stephenson. “It brought Canadian cinema into the international spotlight. It established Toronto as a key date on the festival circuit for players around the globe.

“The Academy salutes TIFF for its resolute commitment to Canadian cinema.”

The awards will be presented at CANADA STARS IN AWARDS SEASON in Beverly Hills on February 19 celebrating excellence of Canadian talent in the film and television industry co-hosted by the Academy, Telefilm Canada and the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.

“TIFF’s commitment to showcasing Canadian cinema, to both Canadians and the world, has played an important role in promoting homegrown talent and success stories,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada executive director.

“TIFF is most deserving of this newly minted Academy Legacy Award, and the CANADA STARS IN AWARDS SEASON event in Los Angeles is a most fitting event to spotlight the contribution of our talent in front of and behind the camera.”

“We are so pleased to receive this inaugural award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling (pictured).

“TIFF’s mandate is to champion Canadian cinema at home and abroad and to inspire Canadian talent to become tomorrow’s leaders in the industry. We’re thrilled to be recognised for our efforts.”