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What’s the Secret to Becoming a DGC Director? – Nov. 6

Date: November 6, 2020 (Friday)

Time: 5:00 pm (PST)

Many indie filmmakers who want to be a working Director and be able to quit that nine to five job find it difficult when their work is unknown and paid opportunities are limited.  That’s why many filmmakers aspire to becoming a union Director in order to get the real paying jobs, but find it very challenging to get in.  On this Panel, Zach Lipovsky, the DGC BC Chair of Director Advisor Committee together with other DGC Directors will share what it takes and practical tips to get in, as well as how VAFF could help.

Moderator: Arnold Lim

Arnold Lim, Award-winning Korean-Canadian filmmaker Arnold Lim has won Telefilm’s Talent to Watch twice, to direct his first feature All-in Madonna (2020) and to produce web series Best Friend Me (2021). In addition to being a juror or programmer for the Victoria and Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Lim was also awarded a BravoFACT grant, a BC Arts Council grant, selected to the National Screen Institute’s Features First program and the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features grant.


Jeff Chan

Jeff is the founder of Collective Pictures, a Toronto based film and television production company. In 2016, Jeff released Code 8 (short film), an original IP that generated over $3M in crowdfunding. Using the momentum from the short, Jeff went on to independently direct and produce Code 8 (feature film) which was released theatrically and on Netflix.

Sherren Lee

Sherren is the award-winning director of short films BENJAMIN (2015) and THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING (2017) Her TV credits include Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Kim’s Convenience (CBC), Hudson & Rex (CityTV), Coroner (CBC), Odd Squad (PBS, TVO), Dino Dana (Amazon, TVO & Yoopa) and Endlings (Hulu Original, CBC).

Tiffany Hsiung

Tiffany Hsiung is a multi-award-winning filmmaker including Canadian Screen Award, Dupont Columbia, Peabody, Busan, and more.  She is one of the DOC NYC’s 40 under 40 for 2020. Most recently, Hsiung received the inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Short Cuts Award for her documentary Sing Me a Lullaby and is the second vice-chair of DGC Ontario’s Executive Board.

Zach Lipovsky

Emmy-nominated Director of Mech-x4, Kim Possible and Freaks, which  was the biggest Canadian sales at TIFF18’, was released in over 100 theatres as well as the elected Director representative as Chair of Director Advisor Committee at the DGC BC where he works to forward the careers of all the directors in BC.