“There are so many talented [women] out there to recognize, you just have to find them. I hope the percentages of women in film continue to increase. It’s a long-term transition as we are still a long way away from a balance, but I believe awareness is important so the younger generation of women know it’s possible.”
3 Do more to promote DGC talent.
4 Promote Diversity.
The Directors Guild of Canada exists to defend and enhance its Members’ creative, economic and workplace opportunities & rights. In terms of public policy this means promoting fair and inclusive hiring practices within the Canadian industry. In 2016, the Guild took steps to promote this important issue in a number of ways:
The Guild promoted a report on gender equity: What’s Wrong With this Picture: Directors and Gender Inequality in the Canadian Screen-based Production Industry, to raise awareness and advance practical recommendations for new approaches to public policy.
The Guild continued its ongoing support for the National Screen Institute. In 2016, the DGC supported the NSI’s New Voices a culturally-sensitive training course that exposes young Aboriginal people aged 18-35 to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in the film and television industry. Students train with professionals to develop their industry skills and then undertake a full-time internship to put those skills into practice.
DGC National created a Diversity Committee including DGC Members from across Canada: Cory Bowles, Kari Skogland, Annie Bradley, Tracey Deer, Norma Bailey, Mina Shum, and Mairzee Almas.
In our last round of Standard Agreement negotiations, the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association agreed to establish a Joint Diversity Committee to study and make recommendations respecting issues of diversity within the Film, Television and Digital Media Industry.
The DGC hosted ‘Female Filmmaker’, an event in January 2016 that brought together DGC Members to promote the 2xMore project designed to increase the number of female Directors working in episodic television in Canada.