DGC Ontario Director Mentorship

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!

  • Complimentary 2018 TIFF Industry pass with access to professional seminars and training 
  • Pre-TIFF business mentorship with an experienced industry professional
  • Post-TIFF meet-ups with 2-4 DGC Ontario director members and an on-set mentoring session with a DGC Ontario director member
  • One-on-one orientation discussion with DGC Ontario Membership Services staff to learn how to become a DGC Ontario member
  • On-stage recognition at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon (December 4, 2019)

Update: P.E.I. filmmaker [Jenna MacMillan] receives women's director mentorship (via CBC News)

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

Phase one: Business training leading up to the 2018 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.

2019 Dates & Deadlines

Call for applications opens: March 20

Deadline: May 3


  • 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.

How to Apply

Complete the online application, then submit the following supporting documents:

  • Resume/CV including education and professional work experience (max 2 pages)
  • Professional bio (150 words max.)
  • Filmography (Include festival screenings and awards, if any)
  • Project slate (Indicate project title, short synopsis, development stage, funding history, and anything else we should know about the projects)
  • Letter of Intent, including answers to the following questions: What are your objectives for connecting with a business mentor and a director mentor? How will your attendance at TIFF impact the achievement of your goals and the advancement of your career? How do you intend to maximize your time at TIFF – what is your Festival strategy? How will receiving a one-on-one creative mentorship from a DGC Ontario Director impact the achievement of your goals and the advancement of your career? What area would you most like to be mentored on? (max 2 pages)
  • One letter of reference from an industry professional
"This represents a transformative opportunity for me to work with business and directing mentors who are at the top-of-their game...it goes without saying that I plan to rock it."
~ Kirsten Carthew, 2017 Recipient
2019 application period opens on March 20.
2019 application period opens on March 20.