2018 Directors Guild of Canada Nominees for Documentary
By Pat Mullen
The Directors Guild of Canada announced its 2018 nominees for the annual DGC Awards yesterday. Anjali Nayar’s Silas led the pack as the lone documentary to receive nominations for both best documentary and best picture editing. Silas, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, offers an intimate portrait of Liberian activist and politician Silas Siakor.
Documentary was represented in the Discovery category for emerging filmmakers thanks to nominations for Yuqi Kang’s Hot Docs winner A Little Wisdom and Andrea Bussmann’s hybrid film Fausto. Among the dramatic nominees, Oscar winner The Shape of Water dominated the technical categories, while Miranda de Pencier (The Grizzlies), Molly McGlynn (Mary Goes Round), Keith Buhrman (Giant Little Ones), and Kyle Rideout (Adventures in Public School) were nominated in the top prize for best director. All winners will be announced on October 20th.
Honorary award recipients included doc icon Alanis Obomsawin, director Norma Bailey, and director/cinematographer Vic Sarin.
The documentary DGC Award nominees are:
ALLAN KING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY
Presented by Rogers Group of Funds
Anjali Nayar – Silas
Christy Garland – What Walaa Wants
Jennifer Baichwal – Long Time Running
Charles Officer – Unarmed Verses
Robin McKenna – Gift
BEST PICTURE EDITING – DOCUMENTARY
Roderick Deogrades – Silas
John Whitcher – Searching for Vimy’s Lost Soldiers
Nick Hector – Unfractured
Nick Hector – Sharkwater Extinction
Presented by Vanguarde Artists Management
Jasmin Mozaffari – Firecrackers
Félix Dufour-Laperrière – Ville Neuve
Andrea Bussmann – Fausto
Gwaai Edenshaw & Helen Haig-Brown – Edge of the Knife
Yuqi Kang – A Little Wisdom
DGC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
DON HALDANE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
DGC HONOURARY LIFE MEMBER AWARD
Please visit the DGC for the complete list of nominees include dramatic films and television.