Are you an emerging female Canadian director? Do you have a feature film project in development, but need connections and market-training? Apply for the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship.

The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a two-phase training opportunity that provides one emerging Canadian female director with market-ready skills and one-on-one mentorship with an experienced DGC Ontario Director member.

Phase one: Business training leading up to the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), including one-on-one meetings with an experienced industry advisor.

Phase two: A creative mentorship taking place post-TIFF. The mentee will be paired with a DGC Ontario Director member and will receive invaluable advice and guidance on overall skills and/or project specific creative approaches.

LATEST NEWS: Kirsten Carthew receives the 2017 DGC Ontario Director Mentorship.


  • Complimentary 2017 TIFF Industry pass with access to professional seminars and training 
  • Pre-TIFF business mentorship with an experienced industry professional
  • Post-TIFF mentoring with a DGC Ontario Director
  • One-on-one orientation with the DGC Ontario National Director – Member Services to learn about how to become a DGC Ontario member
  • On-stage recognition at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon 

Who can apply?

  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Landed Immigrant
  • WIFT-T member in good standing (may join at time of application)
  • Emerging Canadian female director (recommended 5-10 years of experience)
  • At least one feature film project in development
  • At least one short, feature, or episodic work screened at a film festival within the past 3 years. Candidates with less than 5 years of experience but who meet all requirements may be considered
  • Able to participate in all mentorship activities
  • Able to complete a final report within two weeks of mentorship conclusion

Note: this mentorship is most beneficial to directors with a project already in development, and those who can set and meet their own deadlines.


Laurie Januska
Head of Programs
416.322.3430 ext. 222


2017 – Kirsten Carthew
2016 – Nadine Valcin
2015 – Nimisha Mukerji




Nimisha "I think what’s amazing about this mentorship is how it caters to different areas of being a Canadian director. Having a presence at the Toronto International Film Festival (one of the biggest festivals in the world) while also balancing the importance of finding work opportunities in television for female directors (who are currently underrepresented) and facilitating a conversation with the DGC who advocate on behalf of their members for fair and safe work environments – these are all important aspects of working in the industry. " - Nimisha Mukerji, 2015 DGC Ontario Director Mentorship recipient