Directors Guild of Canada unveils nominees

Ceremony set for Oct. 24 in Toronto

TORONTO -- Canadian filmmakers Kari Skogland ("Fifty Dead Men Walking"), Patricia Rozema ("Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"), Michael McGowan ("One Week") and Paul Gross ("Passchendaele") are to compete for the top director prize at the upcoming Directors Guild of Canada Awards in October, organizers said Tuesday.

Contenders in the best TV movie/mini-series direction competition include Norma Bailey for "The Capture of the Green River Killer," Mario Azzopardi for "ZOS: Zone of Separation," Nick Copus for "The Summit" and Alex Chapple for "Diverted."

And the best TV series direction nominations went to Holly Dale for "Flashpoint," Marizee Almas for "Smallville," "Robson Arms'" James Genn and Don McBrearty for "Murdoch Mysteries."

The DGC awards will be handed out on October 24 in Toronto, and will include a lifetime achievement award for Carol Spier and a distinguished service award for Avrel Fisher.