6/18/2015

'The Calling' Leads Directors Guild of Canada Nominations

Director Jason Stone on the set of The Calling.
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The nominees for the 2015 Directors Guild of Canada are a varied and overall unexpected bunch. Some of 2014’s biggest Canadian films like Mommy and Maps to the Stars are well represented here from the pool of 250 submissions, although, surprisingly, neither Xavier Dolan nor David Cronenberg are among the nominees. The 2015 DGC awards mostly spotlight under-the-radar talents and films feature film categories that didn’t quite get their due, like Fall or The Calling, the latter of which leads the film nominations with three kudos including noms in the top categories. Maps and Pompeii also have 3 noms, but only in tech categories. Other pleasant and well-deserved nominations include Sturla Gunnarsson’s Monsoon on the doc front and Michelle Latimer’s The Underground in the shorts category, while a lone nomination for The Witch is a surprise, since the USA/Canada co-pro hasn’t hit theatres yet after its acclaimed debut at Sundance in January. (Elevation Pictures will release the film later this year.) The leaders on the TV side include The Book of Negroes, Orphan Black, and Schitt’s Creek.


The nominees in the feature film categories are:

BEST DIRECTION – FEATURE FILM
Presented by Gold Sponsor, Deluxe
Charles BinamĂ© – Elephant Song
Terrance Odette – Fall
Jason Stone - The Calling
Jacob Tierney– Preggoland 

BEST FEATURE FILM
Presented by Lead Sponsor, Technicolor
Elephant Song
Mommy
Relative Happiness

ALLAN KING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY
Presented by Silver Sponsor Rogers Group of Funds
Shameless Propaganda
The Boy From Geita  

BEST SHORT FILM
Made in Bali
The Day Santa Didn't Come
Vox 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – FEATURE FILM
Presented by Silver Sponsor Pinewood Studios Group
Paul Austerberry – Pompeii
Craig Lathrop - The Witch
Oleg M. Savytski - The Calling
Carol Spier - Maps to the Stars 

BEST PICTURE EDITING – FEATURE FILM
Michelle Conroy – Pompeii
Susan Shipton - The Captive
Ron Sanders - Maps to the Stars
Wiebke Von Carolsfeld - October Gale

BEST SOUND EDITING – FEATURE FILM
Horns 
Maps to the Stars 
Pompeii 
The Captive

The awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 24 at The Carlu in Toronto.
Please visit www.dgc.ca for the full list of nominations.