Getting Real: An Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Production Industry

Getting Real: An Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Production Industry

Getting Real 5 is now available in French: Cliquez ici pour accéder à Toute la vérité 5

DOC publishes the 5th volume of Getting Real: an Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Industry. The report is an in-depth look at the state of Canadian documentary production up to the end of 2010/11 in both the English- and French- language markets. In spite of audience demand and in spite of finding new means of financing, the data indicates that Canadian documentary production is facing its steepest decline in production volume in almost a decade.

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Getting Real 5 (2013)

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About Getting Real

Getting Real gets into the nooks and crannies of documentary production and broadcast in Canada to provide detailed analysis on the health of the industry and its financial realities. The report provides a clear, contemporary view of the economics of documentaries in Canada, offering an in-depth look at topics ranging from viewership to funding.

Getting Real is produced by analyzing current statistics and providing a wealth of information on the financing, production, and viewing of documentaries in Canada. Focusing on television, feature-length/theatrical, this report traces developments in funding and policy that affect production. By examining documentary production by format, language and region, the report presents a longitudinal overview of developments and growth in the industry. Supplemented by case studies and appendices that contextualize the economic data, Getting Real situates Canadian documentary production within the larger Canadian film industry while also offering a regional and provincial outlook.

Now in its fifth edition, Getting Real is the only publication focused solely on measuring documentary production in Canada. It is regularly updated with additional statistics and analysis to provide greater context and insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian documentary industry.

The following previous editions of Getting Real are available for download below.


Getting Real 4 (2011)


Getting Real 3 (2007)


Getting Real 2 (2004)