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TORONTO September 7, 2019 – The Directors Guild of Canada announced the 12 nominees for the 2019 DGC Discovery Award this morning at the TIFF Visionaries event. The list highlights the top new directors to watch for during this festival season.

The Discovery Award Jury is chaired by Robin Hays with members Jeff Chan, Helen Haig Brown, Danishka Esterhazy, Erik Mockus and Andrea Bussmann.

“These directors are on their first or second film and they are already some of Canada’s most exciting to watch,” said Warren P. Sonoda, DGC National Directors Division Chair. “These filmmakers represent a truly fresh and diverse range of voices."

2019 Discovery Award Long List Nominees:
Presented by Vanguarde Artists 

  • Aisha Jamal - A Kandahar Away
  • Aisling Chin-Yee - The Rest of Us
  • Ellen Page with Ian Daniel - There's Something in the Water
  • Harry Cepka - Raf 
  • Heather Young - Murmur
  • Jeff Barnaby - Blood Quantum
  • Joey Klein - Castle in the Ground
  • Matthew Rankin - The Twentieth Century
  • Megan Wennberg - Drag Kids
  • Nicole Dorsey - Black Conflux
  • Sophie Bédard Marcotte – L.A. Tea Time
  • Tasha Hubbard - nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up



Ian Gillespie – Director of Communications, 416-459-5932, igillespie@dgc.ca

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2019 Discovery Award Jury:

  • Robin Hays – Jury Chair
  • Jeff Chan
  • Helen Haig Brown
  • Danishka Esterhazy
  • Erik Mockus
  • Andrea Bussmann

Discovery List 2019

The 18th edition of the DGC Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at The Royal York in Toronto.

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 5,000 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming.