Daryl Duke & William Vince Scholarship Fund


The Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarships are intended to honour the significant contributions that these individuals have made to BC's film and television industry.

The BC Film Foundation currently offers multiple yearly scholarships to honour the memory and contributions of Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship, considered to be two of the founders of BC's film and television industry.

Traditionally, two Daryl Duke Scholarships and one William Vince Scholarship are awarded each year to exceptional British Columbians who have completed post secondary studies or equivalent training at an accredited institute in their field, and are entering advanced education in film, television or digital and interactive media. Up to $10,000 is awarded per scholarship.

Eligible disciplines include writing, directing, producing, cinematography, art direction, picture editing, sound design, visual effects and interactive media.


    As a director and producer, Daryl Duke’s Emmy Award winning career included successes in feature film, television drama, documentary and television specials. In a professional life that spanned more than half a century, Daryl worked with all of the major North American television networks and for most of the studios in Hollywood. His film and television assignments took him to South America, Southeast Asia, China and India, as well as the Middle East and Europe.

    Daryl began his career as an editor, writer and director at the NFB and a director and producer at the CBC. He is best known for having directed “The Thorn Birds”, the 10 hour mini-series from the bestselling book; “Tai-Pan”, based on the novel by James Clavell and “I Heard the Owl Call My Name”, adapted from the novel by Margaret Craven.

    In the mid-1970’s, Daryl founded the independent television station CKVU in Vancouver. He was the station’s first President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, leading it to be the highest rated station in its market.

    Daryl Duke was a man of vision who worked tirelessly in support of Canadian filmmakers to help them tell their own uniquely Canadian stories.


    In a short but prolific career, William Vince produced over 30 feature films including “The Snow Walker”, “Saved!”, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and the 2006 Academy Award best picture nominee “Capote”.

    During this time, William established a reputation as a producer with wide-ranging technical knowledge and experience in all aspects of international feature film production, from complicated financing scenarios through post-production and distribution.

    William was a champion of emerging filmmakers, giving many people their start in the Vancouver industry. His legacy can be found in the careers of hundreds of film industry veterans who either got their first job with him, or were given the chance to move up the ladder on one of his productions.

    William’s legacy can also be found in the considerable charitable work he did. From a film training program for youth at risk in the downtown eastside of Vancouver to working to raise awareness of dyslexia, William was generous with his time, talent and wisdom.