The Placement Process Explained
Applications may be mailed to the DGACA offices or delivered in person Monday through Friday between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. You must call to make an appointment before dropping off documents. The DGACA is located in the San Fernando Valley, East of the 405 Freeway on the northwest corner of Ventura Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard, in the Sherman Oaks Galleria, at 15301 Ventura Blvd., Bldg. E, Suite 1073, Sherman Oaks, California 91403.
Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, based on the contract provisions in effect on the date the completed application form and all supporting documents are received by the DGACA. The DGACA has the discretion to determine if an application is complete.
It generally takes six weeks to process an application after it is received at the DGACA offices. (Exception: Requests for upgrades on a Qualification List are generally processed in two to three weeks. An example of an upgrade is a change in job classification on the Southern California Qualification List. The application and supporting documentation are the same for initial applications and for upgrade requests, but processing time is shorter for upgrade applications.)
If additional information is required to process an application, the DGACA will notify the applicant in writing and will request that necessary documents be submitted within 90 days. If the required information is not submitted within the 90 day time period, the application will be closed. If an applicant subsequently reapplies, the application will be reviewed based on the contract provisions in effect on the date the subsequent application and supporting documentation is received.
After the application and supporting documents have been reviewed and the DGACA is satisfied the applicant has met the requirements for placement, the DGACA advises the Directors Guild of its intention to place the applicant's name on the Qualification List. The applicant receives a copy of this "intent to place" letter. The Directors Guild is entitled to review applications and supporting documents and it has 30 days to challenge the DGACA's determination. The Guild's staff reviews all initial applications as well as the supporting documentation and the DGA AD/UPM Council also reviews applications at its regularly scheduled meetings each month.
If the Directors Guild objects to a placement, the DGACA will address the Guild's concerns. If the Directors Guild has no objections, the applicant is mailed a letter advising him or her that his or her name has been placed (listed) on the Qualification List.
It is the applicant's responsibility to retrieve his or her documents immediately after placement. If documents are not retrieved within four (4) weeks, they are destroyed.