DOC Toronto’s The DOC Institute has announced its inaugural awards, giving the DOC Star Award 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 excels in their job and is actively involved in supporting Canada’s non-fiction community.

Klinck is recognised for her work as a producer, researcher and clearance specialist on Canadian and international documentaries such as Watermark, Stories We Tell (pictured), Our Man In Tehran and Reel Injun.

Emmy-nominated as a researcher, she has won a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini for best visual research a Yorkton Golden Sheaf and the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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.”

Story’s debut film was Land Of Destiny in 2010 and she was part of the production team on the 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.

Story will receive $8,000 in cash and services. The awards ceremony takes place in Toronto on December 11.