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Starting October 2016, DOC members can have their documentary projects listed in the new Festival Concierge Catalogue, an exciting new service from DOC to connect your film with Festival Programmers in Canada and abroad. Inclusion in the Catalogue is free and easy for DOC members. For more information, visit

The Documentary Organization of Canada is pleased to announce the introduction of expanded Festival Concierge Consultancy Services exclusively for DOC members beginning January 2016. Let Festival Concierge help you develop your film festival strategy.  For more information, click here.

Meet your Festival Concierge:

Julian Carrington is the Manager of DOC’s Festival Concierge Service.
Julian Carrington is a freelance writer and film festival programming consultant based in Toronto. He has contributed to publications including The Globe & Mail, Indiewire, and Cinema Scope. Prior to joining the Documentary Organization of Canada, Julian performed a number of roles at the Toronto International Film Festival, including Festival Pre-Screener, Program Book Writer, and Programming Associate to Artistic Director Cameron Bailey.

To contact Julian, email him at


Follow Julian on the dedicated Festival Concierge Twitter feed and Facebook Page and subscribe to the Festival Concierge Filmmaker's Calendar for the latest Festival Concierge news, programming announcements, calls for submission, and more!

Did you know that Julian is also available for free mini-consultations via Skype? If you’re a DOC member looking for input on your project’s festival and audience engagement strategies, don’t hesitate to get in touch. He is happy to provide feedback on your finished film or work-in-progress, as well as to help you identify the festivals that are best suited to your goals. Email him at to set up your mini-consultation. (Not a DOC member yet? Join here today!)

Current Festival Concierge Disounts and Promotions

Stay tuned for more great discounts and promotions!

Upcoming Festival Concierge Catalogue Submission Deadlines

It Is Not Too Late or Too Early to Have Your Project Included in the Festival Concierge Catalogue

There is no fixed deadline for submitting your film for inclusion in the Festival Concierge Catalogue.

Click Here to Submit Your Film

For those of you that have already submitted, please remember to contact us should any of the information on your entry form need to be updated. It's particularly important to let him know about any changes to your festival screening history or premiere status. If the Festival Concierge Catalogue is going to become the go-to resource for programmers seeking Canadian docs, we need your help to ensure the Catalogue remains accurate and up-to-date!

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for more exciting events!

Read Past Editions of the Festival Concierge Newsletter

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016 - the year in review!

November 2016
October 2016
August 2016 
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015 and another bonus Q & A with TIFF Programmer Steve Gravestock!
April 2015
March 2015

Past Events and Promotions

Hot Docs Industry Webinar

On Wednesday, February 8th, Festival Concierge hosted a webinar with Hot Docs Industry team members Madelaine Russo (Programmer, Deal Maker) and Heidi Tao Yang (Manager, Industry Funds). The one-hour presentation offered tips on how filmmakers can maximize networking opportunities and prepare compelling submissions when applying for meetings with key decision-makers, focusing on two of the Industry Conference’s more popular offerings: Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous. Access the webinar recording online here.
Here are a few highlights from the webinar:

  • The DEAL MAKER program gives 40-50 producers seeking international development and production financing the opportunity to meet one-on-one with commissioning editors, acquisitions execs, and fund managers. Applications are due by March 2, and applicants must be All-Access Pass holders.
  • DISTRIBUTION RENDEZVOUS offers producers with finished or rough cut projects a chance to meet with distributors, sales agents, and festival programmers. Registration closes on March 27, and applicants must be Conference and Networking or All-Access Pass holders.
  • Those hoping to pitch future projects to platforms like Independent Lens, New York Times Op-Docs, Discovery Channel, and the CBC can learn what kinds of projects each outlet is looking for at the CLOSE-UP WITH sessions on May 2 and 3, open to All-Access Pass holders who register on the morning of each session.

NorthWestFest Fee Waiver

DOC members are once again be eligible for a discount to Edmonton's NorthWestFest Documentary Film Festival (May 5-14, 2017)!

This year, the first 15 filmmakers to contact Festival Concierge will eligible for a full fee waiver.  All other DOC members will be able to claim a 50% discount code towards the festival's regular (January 15) and extended (February 5) submission deadlines.

For details on how you can take advantage of this offer, email Julian at

To read our February 2016 Q&A with NORTHWESTFEST Director of Programming, Guy Lavallee, click here.

DOXA Fee Waiver

Once again, DOC members are eligible for a submission fee waiver to Vancouver's DOXA Documentary Film Festival (May 4 -14, 2017)! Email for details on how you can submit to DOXA without having to pay an entry fee.

DOXA's final submission deadline this year is January 4, 2017.

Click here to request a copy of our April 2016 webinar with DOXA Director of Programming Dorothy Woodend.

Hot Docs Discount

This year, up to 50 DOC members are eligible for a 25% discount on regular submission fees for Hot Docs (April 27-May 7, 2017)!

To claim a discount for a feature, mid-length, or short-format submission, please contact for further information.

The regular submission deadline for Hot Docs 2017 is Wednesday, December 7. With the 25% discount, the following submission fees will apply:

  • Short films (1-40 min): $26.25 + HST
  • Feature and mid-length films (41+ min): $75 + HST

For all films submitted after December 7, Hot Docs standard late submission fees ($55 per short, $150 per feature) will apply. The final submission deadline for Hot Docs 2017 is Friday, January 9.

Click here to access the recording of last month’s very informative Festival Concierge webinar with Alex Rogalski, Senior Canadian Programmer at Hot Docs.

Festival Concierge Webinar with Hot Docs' Alex Rogalski 

On October 26, 2016, Festival Concierge Manager Julian Carrington spoke with Hot Docs’ Senior Canadian Programmer Alex Rogalski about the festival’s programming process. Alex also fielded members questions. Email to access the recording.

Festival Confidential with Elisa Paloschi 

On Thursday, September 29 DOC member Elisa Paloschi shared her experiences on the festival circuit. Since premiering at London’s Raindance last September, Elisa’s film Driving with Selvi has screened at over 30 festivals, including Margaret Mead, Thessaloniki, and IDFA. During this one-hour online session, learn about Elisa’s festival strategy and her experiences on the circuit, from her early tribulations to her eventual triumphs. Email to access the recording.

Festival Concierge Webinar with Telefilm Canada

On Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, DOC Festival Concierge Manager Julian Carrington hosted an exclusive webinar conversation with Telefilm’s Project Leader for International Promotion Danielle Bélanger. This webinar will offer insight into how documentary filmmakers can best take advantage of Telefilm’s festival support services – including its recent calls for entry for SundanceBerlin, and Rotterdam.  (These festivals waive submission fees for feature-length projects submitted via Telefilm.) This webinar was recording and the recording is available to DOC members upon request. Email for more information.

Festival Concierge Webinar: Sales Agents 101 

On Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, international sales agent Jhod Cardinal joined Festival Concierge Manager Julian Carrington for a one-hour discussion on how filmmakers can improve their projects’ foreign sales prospects. Jhod’s international sales experience includes all major film markets, including Cannes Marché du Film, Hong Kong’s FILMART, and Santa Monica’s American Film Market. This webinar was recording and the audio recording is available to DOC members by request. Email for your copy.

Schedule a Face-to-Face Meeting with Julian Carrington during Hot Docs

Whether you’re a visiting filmmaker premiering a film, attending the industry conference, or are simply a GTA-based DOC member, Festival Concierge Manager Julian Carrington is available for meetings at the Hot Docs Rogers Industry Centre throughout Hot Docs for any DOC members who wish to discuss their projects. To set up a one-on-one chat, drop him a line at

Office Hours with Picture Motion

Are you heading to the Hot Docs Industry Conference with a project that has social impact potential? Get in touch! Our friends at Picture Motion will be in town to conduct a series of free, 30-minute, 1-on-1 consultation meetings exclusively for DOC members on Monday, May 2nd!

If you tuned in to our Social Action Strategy webinar last summer (recordings available on request), you already know that Picture Motion is a leading social advocacy and marketing firm for issue-driven films, having developed campaigns for docs like Racing Extinction and Where to Invade Next.

These mini consultation meetings, which we’re calling Office Hours, represent your chance to sit down with a Picture Motion rep for an extended, informal chat about your project and its impact possibilities. Again, there will be no fee to participate, nor will you need a Hot Docs industry pass. Any DOC member is welcome to participate, though space will be limited.  Email Festival Concierge  with a brief description of your project if you think you’d like to take part.

Cinéfest Sudbury Waiver Code

Festival Concierge is very pleased to once again be able to offer DOC members an exclusive waiver on submissions to the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival. Known as “The People’s Festival” for its inviting atmosphere, Cinéfest was established in 1989 and has gained a reputation as one of Canada’s premier festivals. Spanning 9 days in September, Cinéfest boasts an exceptional lineup of 100-plus features, documentaries, and shorts from established and emerging Canadian and international filmmakers. Sudbury is increasingly a booming film production destination, and the festival offers visiting filmmakers, guests and industry professionals an experience that is second to none, including gala receptions, workshops, industry events, and networking activities. Visit Cinéfest’s Film Freeway page for submission regulations, and email Festival Concierge to request your Cinéfest waiver code. Cinéfest's early bird deadline is May 1, and while this code is valid throughout the entire submissions window, Festival Concierge generally recommends submitting early to stay ahead of the pack.

DOXA Webinar

On Thursday, April 14 at 3:00pm EDT (12:00pm PDT), Festival Concierge’s Julian Carrington hosted a Q & A webinar with DOXA Director of Programming Dorothy Woodend. Topics included DOXA’s expanded industry offerings as well as Dorothy’s festival submissions dos and don’ts. This webinar was recorded. To request your copy of the audio recording, contact Danielle Couture.

The Social Action Strategy & Grassroots Distribution Webinar

On Friday, August 21st, Festival Concierge Manager Julian Carrington hosted The Social Action Strategy & Grassroots Distribution Webinar with Wendy Cohen, Principal and Partner at Picture Motion, a leading marketing and advocacy firm for issue-driven films.  Using case studies from Picture Motion, this webinar provides insight into the fast-growing fields of impact producing and community engagement, including how to design a strategy to achieve your film’s social action goals, as well as how to bring your film directly to audiences who are passionate and engaged. This webinar was recorded. The recording and slide-deck are available to DOC members by request. Email for your copies.

Digital Audience Engagement Webinar

The ability to engage digital audiences is increasingly a key skill for Canadian documentary filmmakers. On Friday, July 24th Julian Carrington hosted a webinar presentation and Q & A with Annelise Larson, Digital Strategist and specialist in digital marketing for screen media creatives.  Adapted from Annelise's comprehensive digital marketing program, Becoming a Storypreneur, the Digital Audience Engagement Webinar offered participants insight into the multitude of roles digital audiences can play in supporting your documentary project, from spectator to collaborator, customer, patron, and publicist. Annelise explained how the documentary filmmaker, as a content creator, can leverage these roles to better understand, find, and engage one’s audience and increase one’s chances of digital success. This webinar was recorded. The recording and slide-deck are available to DOC members by request. Email for your copies.

Crowdfunding Your Documentary

On Wednesday, June 17th, DOC hosted a webinar panel discussion on Crowdfunding Your Documentary. Ayah Norris, director, film + creative for Indiegogo, lead a panel discussion with veteran crowdfunders and DOC members Christine Kleckner from A Better Man, Hannah Donegan from My Enemy, My Brother, and Karen Shopsowitz from The Other Side of the Hero. This webinar was recorded. The recording and Indiegogo’s Film Handbook are available to DOC members by request. Email for your copies.

Film Festival Secrets

On May 15th, DOC Festival Concierge Julian Carrington hosted a webinar conversation with Christopher Holland, Associate Programmer for the Portland Film Festival, author of Film Festival Secrets, and film festival strategy consultant.  Over the course of this one-hour webinar, Christopher and Julian discussed how DOC members can develop comprehensive strategies to maximize their projects’ chances of a successful festival run. Participants learned how to identify key festivals tailored to their projects' distribution and audience engagement goals, prepare impactful submissions packages, and how to adapt their strategies should they fail to receive invitations to their first choice festivals. This webinar was recorded. The audio recording is available to DOC members by request. Email for your copy.

BravoFACTUAL Webinar

On March 10th, DOC Festival Concierge Julian Carrington moderated a DOC-member exclusive webinar panel discussion and Q&A with with BravoFACTUAL’s Bob Culbert, Rachel Goldstein-Couto, and Rachel Feldbloom-Wood.  DOC members gained greater insights in to the BravoFactual program by having first-hand information about the BravoFACTUAL program, guidelines, and application process in anticipation of the April 15, 2015 BravoFACTUAL deadline. This webinar was recorded. The audio recording is available to DOC members by request. Email for your copy.

Julian at Savvy Producer Event

On March 14, Julian spoke with a number of DOC members face-to-face as part of the DOC Institute’s Savvy Producer workshop on Audience Engagement



On January 12th, moderator Sean Farnel and panelists Ina Fichman (Intuitive Pictures), Carlo Guillermo Proto (The Handshake Productions), and Brigitte Hubmann (Telefilm Canada) discussed festival strategies in this DOC-member exclusive webinar. Sharing their experiences of what works and what doesn't, they offered fresh and surprising insights into which festival may be the premier choice for your project in a rapidly shifting festival landscape.

For more information, contact Julian Carrington at
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