DOC members across the country now have access to a series of members-only webinars on a variety of topics related to documentary production and distribution in Canada. During these members-only webinars, key players in the documentary industry are invited to share in-depth information and answer questions from DOC members. Webinars are recorded and the recordings are available to DOC members in good standing by request. Email email@example.com for your copies.
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Festival Concierge Webinar: Festival Strategy 101
In this webinar, Julian Carrington, Manager of the Documentary Organization of Canada's Festival Concierge service provides a detailed introduction to the key concepts of film festival strategy, empowering filmmakers to maximize their projects chances of a successful festival run. Learn how to approach the festival circuit tactically, set achievable goals, identify the festivals best suited to your audience engagement aims, and how to prepare impactful submissions packages. Originally presented on March 17, 2017, this webinar was presented by: The Documentary Organization of Canada in association with the DOC Institute, Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Cultural Industries Ontario North (Music and Film in Motion), and the Bay Street Film Festival. The Documentary Organization of Canada would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to access the recording.
Festival Concierge Webinar: Hot Docs Industry Edition
On February 8, 2017, Hot Docs Industry Deal Maker Programmer, Madelaine Russo, and Heidi Tao Yang,Hot Docs Manager of Industry Funds joined DOC Festival Concierge's Julian Carrington for a webinar on getting the most of the Hot Docs Industry Conference. During this one-hour online discussion, Madeleine and Heidi discussed the benefits and offer tips about all Hot Docs Industry pass types, offered a preview of the Hot Docs Industry Bootcamp scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st, and answered DOC member questions. Email email@example.com to access the recording.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to access the recording.
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 email@example.com to access the recording.
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 Sundance, Berlin, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to access the recording.
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 is the founder of Upstream Flix, his 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 email@example.com to access the recording.
On Thursday, April 14 at 3:00pm EDT (12:00pm PDT), Festival Concierge’s Julian Carrington hosted an exclusive webinar with DOXA Documentary Film Festival 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. The audio recording is available to DOC members by request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to access the recording.
On Wednesday, March 9th, the Documentary Organization of Canada, in partnership with Bedtracks presented a one-hour webinar on balancing creativity, production flow and budgets for music within your film. In this webinar, Bedtracks President and award winning composer, sound designer, Oliver Johnson along with Company Partner and composer James Boyd shed light on how bringing three music related components - scoring, music library and music supervisors under one roof can save you time and money. All without sacrificing the creative! Click here to access the archive recording of their insider knowledge on how to make the most out of this creative partnership.
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 provide 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 email@example.com for your copies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for your copies.
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 href:https:="" www.indiegogo.com="" projects="" a-better-man#="" "="">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 email@example.com for your copies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for to access this recording.
On March 26th, DOC National Board Member Chanda Chevannes hosted a webinar conversation with the CBC's Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director of Unscripted Content, Mark Starowicz, Executive Director of documentary programming, and Bruce Cowley, Creative Head at documentary Channel. The group answered questions and provided information about recent changes at the national broadcaster, what the CBC is looking and how DOC members can best pitch their ideas. This webinar was recorded. The audio recording is available to DOC members by request.Email email@example.com for a copy.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.