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…
DOC LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO ASSESS
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING ACROSS THE DOCUMENTARY SECTOR
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…
DOC IN THE NEWS
POV Magazine: Lisa Jackson Wins BMO-DOC Vanguard Award
May 12, 2021
Filmmaker Lisa Jackson is this year’s winner of the BMO-DOC Vanguard Award from the DOC Institute.
POV Magazine: DOC Launches New DOC Hub Website
May 12, 2021
DOC launched the DOC Hub last week during Hot Docs, offering a first-of-its-kind virtual network to Canada’s documentary professionals.
February 21, 2021
The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) released this week a response to the NFB’s strategic plan. DOC’s concerns mainly consider the ongoing decline in production spending—a point emphasized by filmmakers during the NFB’s cross-Canada consultations held pre-COVID.
- December 16, 2020: DOC Appoints Sarah Spring New Executive Director, Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
- December 16, 2020: Sarah Spring named executive director at Documentary Organization of Canada, Jordan Pinto, Realscreen
- December 11, 2020: Alanis Obomsawin Receives DOC Institute Honours, Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
- October 26, 2020: Documentary Organization of Canada Releases Guidelines for COVID-Era Production, Marc Glassman, IDA
- September 29, 2020: DOC releases best practices for filmmaking in the era of COVID-19, Playback Magazine
- September 28, 2020: DOC Releases Guide to Filmmaking Amid COVID-19, Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
- September 28, 2020: DOC releases best practices study for filmmaking “in the era of COVID-19″, Brendan Christie, Realscreen
- July 27, 2020: DOC Seeks Filmmaker Input for COVID-19 Survey, Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
- June 3, 2020: DOC report highlights ‘heightened vulnerability’ of documentary sector, Jordan Pinto, Realscreen
- June 3, 2020: DOC Releases Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Documentary Productions, Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
- May 20, 2020: Intuitive Pictures president Ina Fichman named DOC board of directors chair, Jillian Morgan, Realscreen
- May 19, 2020: Ina Fichman Named Chair of DOC Board of Directors, Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
- April 30, 2020: POV Interview: DOC’s New Executive Director Michelle van Beusekom, Marc Glassman, POV Magazine
- April 1, 2020: COVID-19 Impacts on Canada’s Documentary Community, POV Magazine
- February 12, 2020: DOC Names Michelle van Beusekom as Executive Director, Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
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