Ellen Page, Megan Wennberg among DGC Discovery Award nominees

Ellen Page and There's Something in the Water collaborator Ian Daniel are among the nominees for this year's Directors Guild of Canada Discovery Award. There's Something in the Water, which explores environmental racism, had its world premiere at TIFF Sept. 8.

Ellen Page (There’s Something in the Water), Joey Klein (Castle in the Ground), and Megan Wennberg (Drag Kids) are among the emerging directors to watch this festival season as nominees for the 2019 Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) Discovery Award.

The long list of nominees includes:

  • 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

Chin-Yee, Page (who re-teamed with Gaycation collaborator Daniel), Cepka, Young, Barnaby, Rankin, Klein and Dorsey are all having their world premieres at TIFF.

Jamal, Wennberg, and Hubbard premiered at this spring’s Hot Docs Festival, while Bédard Marcotte’s L.A. Tea Time made its debut at Visions du Réel à Nyon in Switzerland this past April.

“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, in a release. “These filmmakers represent a truly fresh and diverse range of voices.”

The 18th edition of the DGC Awards will be presented Saturday, Oct. 26 at The Royal York in Toronto.

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


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