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Canadian director Clement Virgo poses for a photo on the set of The Book of Negroes mini-series being shot in Cole Harbour, N.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014.

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Charles Biname, Clement Virgo and Kari Skogland were among the filmmakers feted at tonight's 14th annual Directors Guild of Canada Awards.

The DGC, which represents 3,000 people in the country's screen-based industry, handed out 19 honours Saturday honouring the best directorial work in film and television over the past year. Biname won best direction for a feature film for his drama Elephant Song, which was released earlier this spring and starred Xavier Dolan and Bruce Greenwood; Virgo won best direction for a television movie/miniseries for his work on CBC's The Book of Negroes, based on Lawrence Hill's bestselling novel; and Skogland won best direction for a television series for her work on Vikings.

Dolan's name also popped up in the best feature film category, as his drama Mommy won best feature film.

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Other honoured productions included Schitt's Creek, which won best television series (comedy), Open Heart for best television series (family) and Orphan Black for best television series (drama).

Meanwhile, Canadian film legend David Cronenberg was awarded the DGC Lifetime Achievement Award. Cronenberg's work is a cornerstone of the CanCon film scene, with the director responsible for Shivers, Videodrome, Crash, Eastern Promises and Maps to the Stars, to name just a few.

The DGC Awards were held at the Carlu in Toronto, and co-hosted by Arisa Cox and Sean Cullen.

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Barry Hertz is the deputy arts editor and film editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the Executive Producer of Features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that. His arts and culture writing has also been featured in several publications, including Reader’s Digest and NOW Magazine. More

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