1:30 pm



DOC National

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the collective voice of Canada’s independent documentary creators. DOC began in 1983 as the Canadian Independent Film Caucus (CIFC) to represent the interests of Canada's growing community of indi doc filmmakers. Today DOC has over 1000 members across six chapters from coast to coast.


Johnson Hall

5th Floor - 94 1st Avenue,

Gimli, Manitoba R0C 1B1

Panel Discussions

DOC at GIFF: Federal Policy Discussion with DOC National and National Screen Institute

DOC will be present at Gimli International Film Festival!

Growing from our wonderful meetings with local filmmakers at the Available Light Film Festival this past winter, attending Gimli to connect with Manitoba doc-makers is part of DOC’s Strategic Goal to connect with and work to strengthen our local Chapters.

DOC’s principal mandate is to advocate on behalf of documentary creators for a sustainable, equitable, inclusive, fair and functional film industry. This discussion aims to ensure that filmmakers in Manitoba are informed of Federal Policy changes that affect them at ground zero, such as Bill C-11 and changes on the horizon for the cultural funds from Heritage Canada. This discussion will also be led by Joy Loewen, CEO of National Screen Institute

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members
and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell
unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television
and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage,
inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including
Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or
questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban
centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.


Joy Loewen

CEO, National Screen Institute

Joy is a media industry executive with a passion to provide training opportunities to underrepresented screen-based professionals. She is a highly sought-after speaker, panelist and moderator, representing the National Screen Institute at various festivals, markets and industry events worldwide. With a background in broadcasting and programming, Joy's expertise extends to involvement in numerous industry and arts boards including Canada’s National Ballet School and The Winnipeg Foundation. She has received prestigious awards including the Black Leadership Award of Distinction and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee medal, in recognition of her outstanding service to the community. Joy holds a bachelor's degree in radio and television arts from Toronto Metropolitan University.

Prior to being appointed as Executive Director of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Sarah spent fifteen years actively involved in Montreal's vibrant film community. In addition to serving as President of the Board of Montreal's RIDM - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal from 2015 - 2021, Sarah was a member of the Montreal Arts Council's cinema committee, and spent many years on the Executive of DOC Quebec. The company she started with Selin Murat in 2010, Parabola Films, is a boutique production house that champions emerging filmmakers and under-represented voices. Sarah sits on the Board of the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC Creators (CISF), and consults for both artists and the institutions that finance them.

Upcoming Events

30 Years of Hot Docs!

Presented by DOC National


5:00 pm


Spring Mixer 2024

Presented by DOC Northwest

Networking Event

1:15 pm


Navigating the Tides of Change: Policy Updates with DOC (Hot Docs – Hot Takes)

Presented by DOC National

Panel Discussions