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DOC Institute to celebrate luminary Canadian doc makers

The DOC Institute will celebrate the Canadian documentary community during its fourth annual DOC Institute Honours gala in Toronto on Dec. 7. Two awards will be presented at the event to ...
November 15, 2017

The DOC Institute will celebrate the Canadian documentary community during its fourth annual DOC Institute Honours gala in Toronto on Dec. 7.

Two awards will be presented at the event to key Canadian visionaries working in the field via the DOC Vanguard Award and the Rogers-DOC Luminary Award.

The Vanguard Award will also be given to an early-career filmmaker whose artistic sensibility and visionary approach exemplifies the way Canadian documentary is upheld. Last year, the award was presented to Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril for her film Angry Inuk, which was subsequently selected for Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival.

Previous recipients of the award include Chelsea McMullan, director of the award-winning docs Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John and My Prairie Home.

“The DOC Vanguard Award recognizes the next wave of Hubert Davies and Jennifer Baichwals,” said Lalita Krishna, co-chair of DOC Toronto, in a statement. “We’re proud to honor the future keepers of our storied documentary tradition.”

One filmmaker will also receive the Rogers-DOC Luminary Award, presented to a leader in Canadian documentary who has worked to ensure the prosperity of the field. Supported by the Rogers Group of Funds, previous honorees include Chris McDonald, president of the Hot Docs International Film Festival; and Marc Glassman, editor in chief at POV Magazine.

“The Rogers-DOC Luminary Award is a remarkable badge of honor,” added Nadine Pequeneza, co-chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada. “It’s an acknowledgment from your peers in the documentary community: that they recognize and celebrate your contribution to the industry.”

Returning this year to host the festivities is Murdoch Mysteries actor and documentary filmmaker Peter Keleghan (pictured).

The fourth annual gala, which brings together Canadian luminaries of the documentary world, will take place on Dec. 7 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

The DOC Institute Honours are juried from nominations submitted by the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), an association of more than 750 filmmakers, craftspeople, and production companies from across the country.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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