Elizabeth Klinck (pictured) and Brett Story have been selected as the first two recipients of the DOC Institute Awards, the Canadian organization announced today (December 9).
The new awards, which will be presented annually, include two prizes: the DOC Star Award, which honors a celebrated documentation who also supports Canada’s non-fiction production community; and the New Vision Award, which celebrates an emerging filmmaker who is seen as a potential leader within the next generation of documentary filmmakers.
Klinck was given the DOC Star Award, which she will be presented at a ceremony on December 11 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Klinck has worked as a producer, researcher and clearance specialist on a number of international and Canadian docs, such as Stories We Tell, Watermark, Reel Injun and Our Man In Tehran. Her previous award wins include a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini for best visual research, a Yorkton Golden Shef Award and the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award.
Story received the New Visions Award and will also be presented with the prize on December 11. Her credits include The National Film Board of Canada’s Highrise web-doc project and the feature Land of Destiny. Her latest project, tentatively titled The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, explores the impact of the prison system on public space. As part of this award, Story will receive a CAD$8,000 prize in cash and services.
The DOC Institute is an initiative of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Toronto chapter, which develops and leads programs for documentary filmmakers.