During Canadian Screen Week our Members are invited to visit the Academy Member Lounge to relax, network or take meetings between events.

The lounge will offer complimentary Breakfast & Lunch, as well as daily professional development sessions. 

Access to the Academy Member Lounge is FREE for DGC Members (Membership card required)

Tickets are $25 per day for non members.


Centre for Social Innovation

192 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON.

DGC Ontario is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Canadian Screen Week and is happy to be presenting two industry panels, which will be taking place in the Member Lounge on Thursday March 9th. 


March 9th, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

There is definitely an industry buzz around putting more Women in the Directors Chair.  With diversity initiatives and quotas to promote gender equity in storytelling, there are more opportunities for female filmmakers than ever before. But...is this true, and what are the challenges? 

This resilient group of CSA Nominees and DGC Members discuss their various levels of experiences in developing their craft, and how they strive to meet the demands for career sustainability in an ever-changing system.  


Annie Bradley - Director, Writer: "Blowback", "The WBI ,"Close Encounters" 


Lara Azzopardi - Director, Creator, Show Runner: "Backstage"  - 2017 Canadian Screen Award  Nominee for Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series 

Tracey Deer - Director, Creator: "Mohawk Girls"- 2017 Canadian Screen Award Nominee for Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series - "Mohawk Girls"  

Rama Rau - Director: Writer, Producer: "My Big Fat Punjabi Wedding", "League of Exotic Dancers" 

Alison Reid - Director: "Saving Hope", "Heartland" 

Kari Skogland - Director: "Vikings", "The Walking Dead", "House of Cards" 

Aleysa Young -  Director: "Workin' Moms", "Baroness Von Sketch" - 2017 Canadian Screen Award Nominee for Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series 


March 9th, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As the demand for quality creative content expands, there is increasing pressure to create rich, compelling visuals that support the story and expand the characters.  Join DGC Production Designers in a candid conversation about the principles and processes employed in designing narrative worlds.

A conversation with:

Matt Middleton - Production Designer: "Man Seeking Woman", Art Director: "Annedroids"

Gordon Barnes – Production Designer, "Hemlock Grove", "Frontier"

Nazgol Goshtasbpour – Production Designer, "Baroness Von Sketch Show", "Backstage" 

Armando Sgrignulio – Art Director, "Murdoch Mysteries"