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Landmark CRTC decision sees new funds for Canadian and Indigenous content

TORONTO, Toronto, June 4th 2024 – Statement by the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Executive Director, Sarah Spring in response to the CRTC’s first phase of implementation of the Online Streaming Act:

DOC Reveals Inaugural Cohort for new “Business Leap” program to grow production companies

TORONTO, Toronto, January 11th 2024 – DOC with the support of the Canada Media Fund (CMF) is pleased to present the inaugural cohort of DOC’s new National program “DOC Business Leap”.

DOC Business Leap supports six production companies “Leap” to the next level by providing them with one year of tailored production accounting, legal advice, mentorship and therapy to facilitate sustainable, long-term company growth…

DOC releases latest “Getting Real” report.

Documentary series driving boom in Canadian documentary production amid dramatic drop in feature docs

TORONTO, Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday September 14th 2023 – DOC releases its 7th edition of “Getting Real”, presenting trends in the Canadian documentary production sector. “Getting Real 7” shows a strong appetite for home-grown documentaries and an increase in documentary production…

DOC Celebrates the Passing of Bill C-11

TORONTO, Thursday, April 27th, 2023 – DOC celebrates the passing of Bill C-11 in the Senate after important revisions in the House of Commons last month. After years of effort to update the broadcasting system and address the concerns of Canada’s production sector, Canadian MPs and Senators have finally agreed and Bill C-11 will now receive Royal Assent…

SODEC_LAB@ Hot Docs 2023: call for applications

QUEBEC, Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – DOC Quebec is proud to announce its first partnership with the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) as part of the SODEC_Lab @Hot Docs 2023…

Julie Roy’s appointment as ED and CEO of telefilm is great news for documentary creators, says Documentary Organization of Canada

TORONTO, Monday, March 13, 2023 – The Documentary Organization of Canada offers our warm congratulations to Julie Roy on her appointment as Telefilm’s new Executive Director and CEO…

DOC is thrilled at Heritage Minister solidarity with documentary filmmakers in rejecting key Senate Amendments to Bill C-11

TORONTO, Wednesday, March 8, 2023 – DOC is thrilled to see the Heritage Minister stand with documentary filmmakers and all Canadian content creators by disagreeing with two Senate Committee amendments to Bill C-11 that put our cultural autonomy at risk…


TORONTO, Monday September 20th 2022 – At the Toronto International Film Festival’s Industry Conference, the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) announced the launch of “Documentality”: an initiative that seeks to normalize conversations about mental health and well-being in our industry.…

DOC Teams up with Tënk for Docs From The Vault

TORONTO, January 27, 2022 – DOC in partnership with Tënk, is proud to present DOCs from the
Vault showcasing 11 documentaries from DOC filmmakers that have not yet premiered online…

DOC condemns silencing of Documentarian Journalist and Wet’suwet’en land defenders, demands unconditional release

TORONTO, November 22, 2021 – On November 19th, the RCMP arrested fifteen land defenders, allies and legal observers in
unceded Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia including documentary filmmaker
Michael Toledano and journalist Amber Bracken…

DOC Launches Copro Study

TORONTO, June 7, 2021 – the Documentary Organization of Canada is pleased to release its study Understanding the International Landscape for Canadian Documentaries: Treaty Coproduction, Promotion, and Sales

DOC Launches DOC HUB

MONTREAL, May 10, 2021 – the Documentary Organization of Canada is pleased to release its virtual community space: DOC HUB…

BIPOC Membership Category Introduced

TORONTO, March 1, 2021 – DOC offers a two-year free membership to new members that identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Colour…

DOC Welcomes Sarah Spring as the New Executive Director

TORONTO/MONTREAL, December 16, 2020 – Ina Fichman, Chair of the Board for the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) today announced the appointment…

DOC Launches Documentary Production in the Era of COVID-19

TORONTO, September 28, 2020 – The Documentary Organization of Canada is pleased to release its online guide Documentary Production in the Era COVID-19: Best Practices by and for Documentary Filmmakers

DOC Releases COVID-19 Impact Survey Results

TORONTO/MONTREAL, June 3rd, 2020 – The heightened vulnerability of those working in Canada’s documentary sector as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 is revealed…


Globe and Mail: Canadian documentaries soar at TIFF, but new report warns of huge financing challenges

September 20, 2023

Often overshadowed by their fictional narrative counterparts. Canadian documentaries enjoyed a sizeable spotlight at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The Hollywood Reporter: DOC Launches New DOC Hub Website

September 12, 2023

The line between traditional point-of-view documentaries and reality TV series is blurring, warns the Documentary Organization of Canada in a new survey released at the Toronto Film Festival.

Canada Media Fund: DOC Mental Health in the Documentary Sector

February 21, 2021

In May 2023, Malikkah Rollins (Director of Industry and Education, DOC NYC) and Sarah Spring (Executive Director, Documentary Organization of Canada) hosted a session during the Hot Docs festival dedicated to DocuMentality, their recent report about the well-being and mental health of industry professionals working in the documentary sector.

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