A five-member jury was selected to choose the winning films: Hye Bossin, managing editor of Canadian Film Weekly; M. Stein of Famous Players; Gerald PRATLEY, CBC film critic; Moira Armour of the Toronto and Vancouver Film societies; and Ian MacNeill from CAAE. The first presentation was 27 April 1949 at the Little Elgin Theatre in Ottawa, with Prime Minister Louis ST-LAURENT in attendance.
The dearth of domestic feature films led to an inconsistency in the Canadian Film Awards (CFAs, 1949 to 1978) in its early years, and it wasn't until 1968 that craft categories were fully acknowledged. There were also a number of honourable mentions, special awards, awards for TV drama, TV information, sports and recreation, public relations, sales promotion, non-feature craft awards, and awards for technical development and innovation. The JOHN GRIERSON AWARD (1972-78) was given for outstanding contributions to Canadian cinema and the WENDY MICHENER AWARD (1969-78) was presented for outstanding artistic achievement.
In 1968, famed sculptor Sorel ETROG was commissioned to create a statue for the CFAs, and he produced a bronze figure, known as the Etrog, for the 20th presentation that year. Due to a boycott by Quebec directors, the CFAs were not held in 1974; in 1979 they were transferred to the Academy of Canadian Cinema (later the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television) and became known as the GENIE Awards. The following is a list of the CFA winners of the Film of the Year Award and the Feature Film Award, along with the name of the producer(s).
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