The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organisation representing key creative and logistical personnel in the motion picture industries. The Guild began in 1962 as an association of Canada's creative film directors. Today it represents over 3700 members in 48 different craft and occupational job categories, covering all areas of production, and editing. DGC Manitoba represents 81 members in the areas of direction, production, locations, accounting and editing.
The Guild consists of a National office in Toronto, and seven DGC District Council offices, each headquartered in a major Canadian production centre. All Guild members are affiliated with the DGC District Council office in the region in which they live, and all are members of the National organisation.
The DGC provides a variety of benefits to members. Benefits include:
- development and maintenance of high professional standards,
- extensive contract protection, premium pay, and fringe benefits,
- domestic and international marketing missions to maximize job opportunities,
- distribution of availability lists and resumes for upcoming productions,
- an annual directory of members which is circulated to Canadian and foreign production organizations,
- attractive benefit plan,
- regional and national training, professional development programs, scholarships, workshops and screenings,
- extensive lobbying for a favorable legislative environment and the enhancement of the film and television industries.
- discounts program on select products and services nation wide
The DGC actively promotes the continued growth of a healthy Canadian film and television industry through a variety of measures including lobbying, and helping to develop federal and provincial production incentives. This results in increased employment opportunities for DGC members, and a strong Canadian film and television industry, for all.
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