Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DOC Institute announces inaugural award winners

The DOC Institute, an initiative of DOC Toronto, is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural awards.

The DOC Star Award will be given to Elizabeth Klinck, and the New Visions Award, presented by Urban Post Production, to Brett Story.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the nominations submitted by DOC members nationwide, and with the selection of winners for our first year,” said Adam Shamoon, Director of the DOC Institute. “The jury had a difficult task, but the winners embody the spirit of the DOC Institute and its awards.”

The DOC Star Award is presented to a person working in documentaries who not only excels in their position, but is also actively involved in supporting Canada’s robust non-fiction community. Winner Elizabeth Klinck has been recognized for her work as a producer, researcher and clearance specialist on Canadian and international documentaries, including Watermark, Stories We Tell, Our Man in Tehran, and Reel Injun. She had been nominated for an Emmy in the Craft of Research and Best Researcher at the UK FOCAL Awards. She has won a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini for Best Visual Research; a Yorkton Golden Sheaf; and the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award.

“One of our greatest documentarians and my mentor, Wolf Koenig, said the best way to repay him was to help other young filmmakers by sharing my knowledge,” said Klinck. “I am both honoured and humbled to have been chosen for the first DOC Star Award which celebrates this spirit of giving to the filmmaking community.”

The New Visions Award is given to an emerging professional filmmaker who demonstrates a keen artistic sensibility and potential to lead the next generation of doc-makers. Brett Story has caught the eye of the independent doc community since her debut award-winning feature film, Land of Destiny (2010), which played at international festivals and has been broadcast in Canada and the U.S. Since 2012, she has been part of the production team for the critically acclaimed National Film Board’s HIGHRISE web-doc project. She is currently working on a non-fiction film about the effects of the prison system on public space, tentatively titled The Prison in Twelve Landscapes. Through this award, Story will receive $8,000 in cash and services. "It's a total surprise and delight to receive this award,” said Story. “The support and encouragement of the DOC community is more important than ever, as together we navigate what often feels like turbulent waters for independent non-fiction cinema."

Lalita Krishna, Co-chair of DOC Toronto, which created the Institute, added, “As doc-makers, we are constantly considering how to adapt and thrive in an evolving mediascape. Initiatives like the DOC Institute are crucial in facilitating this, be it with programming, professional development or celebrating the achievements of our community with these Awards.”

The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on December 11, 2014 in Toronto at The Gladstone Hotel.

About the DOC Institute
The DOC Institute develops and leads programs to help documentary creators succeed at every stage of their careers. Offering creative inspiration and insider advice, DOC Institute is a hub for the non-fiction community. The DOC Institute is an initiative of Documentary Organization of Canada, Toronto Chapter. For more information about the DOC Institute and the Awards go to: www.docinstitute.com

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