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DGC’s list of top new Canadian filmmakers to watch

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) has announced its Discovery Long-List, highlighting the top new Canadian filmmakers to watch.

“These directors are part of an exciting new wave in Canadian cinema,” said Manny Danelon, chair of the DGC Awards Committee. “You are going to hear people buzzing about these films at TIFF and festivals around the world over the next year.”

Among those making this year’s list are Carly Stone.  Her debut, rom-com The New Romantic, opened at SXSW where she received Special Jury Recognition for First Feature.

First-time feature directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein are also among the Discovery Award nominees. Their indie sci-fi offering Freaks, starring Emile Hirsch, is currently screening at TIFF.

Here’s the complete list:

Akash ShermanClara
Andrea BussmannFausto
Bojan BodružićThe Museum of Forgotten Triumphs
Carly StoneThe New Romantic
Drew LintM/M
Félix Dufour-Laperrière Ville Neuve
Gwaai Edenshaw/Helen Haig-BrownEdge of the Knife
Jasmin MozaffariFirecrackers
Keith BehrmanGiant Little Ones
Michael Del MonteTransformer
G. Patrick CondonIncredible Violence
Shasha NakhaiTake Light
Sophie DupuisChien de garde
Terry ChiuMangoshake
Yuqi KangA Little Wisdom
Zach Lipovsky/Adam Stein Freaks

The Discovery Award jury is chaired by Simon Lavoie with members Sadaf Foroughi, Kathleen Hepburn and Wayne Wapeemukwa.

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