The Directors Guild of Canada, the national labor organization that represents more than 4,800 Canadian professionals across film and television, has launched a recruitment campaign for documentary filmmakers.
The drive will look to recruit docmakers and highlight the commercial and artistic values of the Canadian documentary industry, while also providing filmmakers with a more pronounced voice in policy making.
Beginning with the Toronto International Film Festival’s Doc Conference today (Sept. 9), the campaign will also include sponsorships at film festivals across Canada throughout the fall, including the Calgary International Film Festival (launching Sept. 18); Halifax’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (Sept 19); the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept. 26); and Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Oct. 9).
As part of the initiative, the DGC will waive its initiation fee and offer 50% off on annual dues through 2020. DGC members will also gain access to the DGC Benefits health plan, and preferred rates on production insurance as well as the guild’s low management fee group RRSP, according to a release.
“The DGC is the home for Canadian feature filmmakers and that includes documentarians,” said DGC president Tim Southam in a statement. “We’re reaching out. We want to make sure documentary directors have access to the career-changing benefits of Guild membership.”
Elsewhere, the Directors Guild of Canada has revealed the 12 nominees vying for the 2019 DGC Discovery Award. The prize honors fledgling Canadian directors on their first or second film during this festival season.
Nominees include non-fiction directors such as Aisha Jamal (A Kandahar Away), Ellen Page and Ian Daniel (There’s Something in the Water), Heather Young (the docufiction hybrid Murmur), Jeff Barnaby (Blood Quantum), Megan Wennberg (Drag Kids), Sophie Bédard Marcotte (L.A. Tea Time), and Tasha Hubbard (nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up).
The 18th edition of the DGC Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on Oct. 26 at The Royal York in Toronto.