DOC Member Party 2024!

April 11, 2024

Following DOC’s AGM we will be hosting our annual DOC Member Party to celebrate all of your wonderful contributions to this amazing community of doc-makers!

We will be serving bite-sized snacks 🙂

Be sure to add the party event to your calendar so that you don’t forget!

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Spring Mixer 2024

April 9, 2024

Our popular pre-Hot Docs and DOXA Mixer is back for another year!

Join us for a pre-festival season mixer to celebrate our members with films premiering at Hot Docs and DOXA. 


DOC Members – Free entry with 1complimentary drink ticket

Non-Members – $15 with 1 complimentary drink ticket

Festival information:

Hot Docs film festival, April 25 to May 5, 2024:

DOXA film festival, May 2 to May 12, 2024:

Presented by DOC Northwest, Knowledge Network & CMPA.

DOC Institute is excited to partner with OYA Black Arts Coalition on this networking event. Join us at the CSI Annex and meet and mingle with participants of the OYA Career Leap program and other industry professionals! Come enjoy the open bar and complimentary snacks!

DOC is thrilled to bring a Business Leap delegation to this year’s Getting Real conference in Los Angeles!

Getting Real is the International Documentary Association’s biennial conference, designed for and by documentary practitioners and focused on the business and art of nonfiction storytelling. This four-day event provides a space for the field to hold constructive conversations, build lasting relationships, and tackle the ethical, creative, sustainability, production, and distribution challenges facing our growing community. The core of the conference programming connects participants who hail from diverse independent filmmaking sectors, geographic regions, and professional status, platforming the most exciting new and established voices dialoguing with each other.

Thank you to Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada for sponsoring DOC’s delegation at Getting Real ’24!

About DOC’s Business Leap Program

DOC’s Business Leap program is designed to help production companies “leap” to the next level. Six Canadian documentary producers are supported in growing their production companies and their slate of projects through regular one-on-one consultations in the key areas of legal, accounting, producing, and mental health. Each company is owned by a producer whose community has historically been under-represented and under-served by Canada’s production sector. Over the course of one year, the cohort benefits from sessions that serve to strengthen each company’s production accounting systems, provides them with tailored legal consultations, regular sessions with a producer-mentor, and subsidized therapy – a key recommendation from DOC’s 2023 study on mental health in the documentary sector, “DocuMentality.”

Thank you to the Canada Media Fund for sponsoring the Business Leap program!

You are cordially invited to the 10th Annual DOC Institute Honours Celebration, taking place on December 5 at The Great Hall. Join us in honouring two outstanding members of the Canadian documentary community as we present the 2023 Rogers-DOC Luminary Award and DOC Vanguard Award.

This year’s Rogers-DOC Luminary Award recipient is Industry veteran Janice Dawe and the DOC Vanguard winner is acclaimed filmmaker Noura Kevorkian. Learn more on our website or download the press release.

This year’s event is special as we will also be celebrating 40 years of DOC and 10 years of DOC Honours! The evening will feature complimentary hors d’ouerves, a silent auction, a live DJ set, and perhaps even some impromptu karaoke.

The event is open to members and non-members. We invite you to bring a guest to celebrate with us. Please note that each attendee must register individually.

Calling all members to join DOC BC YT NT for our annual general meeting and celebrate DOC National’s 40th anniversary!

Please RSVP here if you will be joining us IN PERSON to attend our AGM and celebrate DOC National’s 40th Anniversary.

This is an opportunity to hear about the accomplishments in 2023, meet other documentary filmmakers, reconnect with your community, network, and celebrate our DOC BC YT NT members!

The event will start at 6:30pm PST and run until 11:00pm PST.

We hope to see you at our AGM! We look forward to celebrating you and our other members and sponsors!

Event is partially sponsored by Bell Media and Super Channel.

The DOC Hour will provide an opportunity for an intergenerational conversation on the topic of transformations in the Canadian and Quebec documentary world since DOC was founded in 1983. We’ll look back over four decades of DOC’s tireless efforts to preserve the vitality, funding and accessibility of documentaries in our society.

We’d like to mark this anniversary by reflecting on our history and looking to the future. We salute the growing diversity of our community, take stock of our challenges and celebrate our successes.

The panel will begin with an overview of the “Getting Real/Toute la vĂ©ritĂ©” report on the decline in funding for documentary production in Canada.

The Documentary Organization of Canada welcomes all to this no-charge event to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary as an organization and the massive impact we have had in the documentary community for decades.

This “All Are Welcome” event will feature food, beverages, music, and plenty of networking time with a small interlude for a speaking panel made up of veteran producer and director, Connie Edwards (also former DOC National Board Chair) and emerging documentary writer and director Omar Mouallem, moderated by DOC Alberta Board Chair, Kelly Wolfert. The panel will reflect on how far DOC has come in 40 years, its impact in the community, and how, as the major voice for documentary across Canada, we are the organization best able to assist those starting out in the documentary industry.

After the panel, we will all be able to connect again and network. This event is perfect for experienced creators and DOC members to celebrate our successes over the past 40 years but it is an amazing opportunity for film/tv students, independent creators, emerging filmmakers, and scripted crew and technicians alike to meet and create lasting relationships.

DOC Members will receive 1 complimentary drink ticket with registration.

If you are interested in becoming a DOC Member head to DOC is currently offering a free two year membership to all new members that identify as BIPOC.

Spotlight Conversation & Mixer at Lunenburg Doc Fest!

Join Atlantic region documentary creators for a conversation exploring changes in the documentary ecosystem over the past four decades as we envision the future, followed by oysters and wine to celebrate DOC’s 40th anniversary. This event is sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada and is free and open to the public.

Oysters will follow!


The DOC Atlantic Oyster Party

September 16, 2023

To all DOC Atlantic Members, Past Members, and Friends of DOC

IT IS DOC’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY – Help us celebrate!

The refreshments and oysters are on us. Atlantic International Film Festival!

DOC is turning 40 this year!

To commemorate this important occasion and to highlight the release of “Getting Real 7”, we are pleased to partner with the Toronto International Film Festival for a celebration during the festival.

Overlooking King Street and the Toronto skyline at sunset, the 40th anniversary celebration will take place in the heart of the festival on the Rooftop of TIFF Bell Lightbox at 5pm on September 12th.

Join us for a 5@7 to commemorate DOC’s history and bright future, and our wonderful community!

DOC extends our heartfelt gratitude to the evening’s sponsors for their generous support:


For the second consecutive year, you are invited to a documentary community meetup presented in collaboration with DOC Québec and Pour la suite du doc, to support the improvement of working conditions for documentary filmmakers in Quebec. This is the perfect opportunity for filmmakers to meet, as well as to create a space for exchange between the general public and professionals in the documentary field.

We invite you as of 4:00 PM at Laurier Park, where you can enjoy specialty beers from Cinéma sous les étoiles by Microbrasserie Les Grands Bois and enjoy an uplifting musical atmosphere.

VENUE PARTNER Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough

COLLABORATING PARTNERS Doc Québec Pour la suite du DOC


30 Years of Hot Docs!

May 18, 2023

DOC celebrated Hot Docs’ 30th birthday at this year’s festival!

Below are stories, memories, and testimonials from the filmmakers that have been a big part of Hot Docs throughout the years.

Check them out!



May 3, 2021

A Festival Kick-Off Happy Hour

Join us for a special “DOC BC | YT | NWT at DOXA” festival kick-off and evening of filmmaker celebrations!

We will spotlight DOC BC | YT | NWT filmmakers with films in this year’s festival program and hear from the festival director and programmers about the events planned for the 20 year anniversary of the festival. The evening will include a filmmaker panel and mixer with small breakout rooms for networking and checking-in with fellow filmmakers!

When? May 4th, 2021 at 5pm PST | 6pm MST | 8pm EST

What? Filmmaker Panel and Mixer

Where? Zoom