We know that documentary professionals invest a great deal of time, energy and insight into their work—so why are they constantly struggling to find sources of funding? That’s why DOC is committed to securing as much guaranteed funding as possible by presenting a collective front to funders and government organizations. Current funding sources are underserving the market and aren’t sufficient to meet the needs of Canada’s documentary community. DOC actively advocates to secure proper documentary funding.

Telefilm Updates Theatrical Doc Program
August 18th, 2017

DOC applauds Telefilm Canada's responsiveness to issues affecting the independent documentary community.

On August 17, 2017, Telefilm Canada announced important updates to the Theatrical Documentary Program as well as the Program’s key dates, following annual consultations with the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), with the collaboration of the Rogers Group of Funds.

Key dates

  • Opening date: September 8, 2017
  • Closing date: September 22, 2017

Important updates

  • The minimum production budget is now $400,000, for production financing. There continues to be no minimum budget requirement for post-production assistance.
  • Applicants may now access a combination of Telefilm and Rogers financing if they obtain an agreement in writing between the project’s Canadian distributor and an online video service available to Canadians to have the project shown in Canada within two (2) years of its completion.
  • Theatrical distribution is still required.

Please visit Telefilm's Theatrical Documentary Program’s web page for details.

CAVCO Public Notices 2016-01 and 2016-03
May 18th, 2016

Click here to read DOC's submission in response to:

CAVCO Public Notice 2016-01 Call for Comments
Definitions for Ineligible Genres of Production for the Purpose of the Federal Film or Video Production Tax Credit Programs


And re: CAVCO Public Notice 2016-03 Call for Comments
Eligible Platforms Which Can Be Used to Meet the "Shown in Canada" Requirement of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.


DOC Responds to 2016 Federal Budget
March 24th, 2016

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is pleased to see the very meaningful commitment shown to the Arts and Culture sector in the 2016 budget released this week.

Read the media release here.

Documentary & Philanthropy Report
September 16th, 2015

The Documentary Organization of Canada released the results of their new research study “PHILANTHROPIC FUNDING FOR DOCUMENTARIES IN CANADA: TOWARDS AN INDUSTRY-WIDE STRATEGY.”  The report indicates that the philanthropic sector has some interest in documentaries that are based on a wide variety of social issues.

Click here for more information.

DOC Release New Research Findings on Philanthropy and Documentary at TIFF’s Doc Conference
September 3rd, 2015

Toronto, ON (September 3, 2015) —  On September 16, 2015, at TIFF’s one-day Doc Conference, the Documentary Organization of Canada will release the timely results of its new research study on philanthropy and documentary during the presentation “Finding the Money: A New Study on Documentary and Philanthropy.”  The discussion will be led by Simon Kilmurry, the new Executive Director of the International Documentary Association who will speak with Maria De Rosa and Marilyn Burgess (Communications MDR), the authors of the Documentary Organization of Canada-commissioned report.


The new study explores innovative initiatives that have been introduced in various countries to successfully engage the philanthropic sector to support the production and dissemination of documentaries.  In addition to presenting key trends and an analysis of pioneering initiatives and lessons learned, the report reveals a promising industry-wide strategy and action plan unique to Canada to support documentaries that aim to effect social change.


Click here for more information.

DOC issues letter to NS Premier McNeil
April 15th, 2015

DOC responds to government cuts to Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and the tax credit for film and television producers.  Read DOC's letter to Nova Scotia Premier McNeil here.

DOC's response to Telefilm & NFB announcement
August 8th, 2012

August 8 2012

DOC responds to Telefilm's announcemnet of partnership with the NFB on the Theatrical Documentary Program. The NFB's contribution will restore the Fund to 1.5M but DOC cautions the partnership may come with cavieats for producers.

Read the press release here.

DOC responds to 2012 federal budget cuts
April 23rd, 2012


Toronto, April 23, 2012 - As audiences prepare to celebrate all things documentary on the eve of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, filmmakers are sounding the alarm about the state of their industry. The recent budget’s sweeping cuts to Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada and the CBC, threaten the very core of the Canadian documentary tradition and the existence of a vital cultural expression. The DOCUMENTARY ORGANIZATION OF CANADA (DOC) wonders: “Are we witnessing the disappearance of a genre?

To read the full press release, click here.

DOC responds to Telefilm's treatment of documentary films qualifying for performance envelopes
August 11th, 2008

August 11, 2008

Read DOC's response regarding Telefilm's choice and treatment of documentary films qualifying for ''performance envelopes''.

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