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National Directors Division

1 Increase advocacy for government policies supporting the interests of DGC members.

2 Create stronger strategic alliances with like-minded organisations.

3 Do more to promote DGC talent.

4 Promote Diversity.

6 Equalize professional-development opportunities across the District Councils.

The core mission of the National Directors Division is to make sure DGC Directors receive full recognition for their role as the principal author of screen-based content. That recognition provides the framework for negotiating all the economic and creative working conditions that apply to Directors in DGC collective agreements.

With staff based both in Toronto and in Western Canada, the National Directors Division is very active in promoting its Members – showcasing their films at special screenings and bringing them face-to-face with senior industry decision-makers at special networking sessions. The NDD creates opportunities for Directors to expand their circle of creative collaborators by organizing mixers, receptions, dinners and other events where Members can connect with others.

Event Highlights

The NDD held dozens of events across Canada in 2016 – events designed to celebrate individual talent, advance Members’ careers and reach out to new Members. This partial list of 2016 events illustrates how the National Directors Division uses a wide variety of approaches to support and engage its 700 Members:

Nine screenings * each one celebrating a commercially-released Canadian film or television series and featuring commentary & discussion with its DGC Director and others from their DGC creative team.

Meet the Directors event featuring DGC Award Nominated Directors onstage showcasing their work and discussing their approach and craft for an audience of DGC members and the public.

Meet Your Match event brought in a dozen producers to participate in a series of 15-minute meetings with DGC Directors in a film-industry version of speed dating.

Film Festival Mixers – various dinners, parties, screenings and receptions sponsored or organized by NDD at VIFF, TIFF, CIFF, AFF and Hot Docs gave Members the opportunity to network with old colleagues and make new connections.

Master Class series, each session featuring a celebrated and critically-acclaimed Director, designed to inspire everyone from established to emerging Directors. The series is a partnership with VIFF, and four distinct sessions were delivered between May and November 2016.

* Screened productions included: Closet Monster, Into the Forest, Mean Dreams, Born to Be Blue, Shoot the Messenger, Ninth Floor, Violent, On the Farm and Chokeslam.
More than 2,400 DGC members and their guests attended events organized by the NDD in 2016
Pat Kiely, Renuka Jeyapalan

In 2016 the DGC contributed

$172,433
(NDD West: $54,649)
(NDD East $117,784)

to host more than two dozen screenings, networking events and skill-building activities in Halifax, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.