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DGC unveils 2023 Discovery Award long list

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) has announced the 2023 Jean-Marc Vallée DGC Discovery Award long list, highlighting up-and-coming directors to watch out for this festival season.

The annual list features 11 films, to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Festival du nouveau Cinema (FNC), Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), ImagineNATIVE, Reelworld, Atlantic International Film Festival (AIFF) and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), as well as others programmed at HotDocs

This year’s list includes:

  • Vampire humaniste cherche suicidaire consentant (Humanist Vampire Seeks Consenting Suicidal Person), Ariane Louis-Seize
  • Soleils Atikamekw (Atikamekw Suns), Chloé Leriche
  • Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun, Banchi Hanuse
  • Gabor, Joannie Lafrenière
  • In Flames, Zarrar Kahn
  • Hey, Viktor!, Cody Lightning
  • I’m Just Here for the Riot, Asia Youngman & Kathleen Jayme
  • The Queen of My Dreams, Fawzia Mirza
  • With Love and a Major Organ, Kim Albright
  • Coaching While Black, Alex Eskandarkhah
  • Seagrass, Meredith Hama-Brown

“These bold, fearless filmmakers are extraordinary new voices in the landscape of Canadian cinema,” said Warren P. Sonoda, DGC President, in an announcement. “Striving to tell the stories that need to be told, these films are not to be missed.”

The Discovery Award was rededicated last year to long-time DGC Director Member Jean-Marc Vallée. The Discovery Award Jury is chaired by Danishka Esterhazy, along with Trevor Mack, Titus Heckel, Heather Young, Geordie Sabbagh, Andrea Martinez Crowther, Ariel Nasr and Yasmin Mathurin.

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Connie Thiessen
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Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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