Join DOC

As a DOC member, you are not only connected to over 1,000 documentary creators across the country – you are also entitled to a variety of benefits, including exclusive rates on production insurance, reduced rates on dozens of filmmakers tools and programs, discounts on festival entry and conference fees, a complimentary subscription to POV magazine, access to webinars and programs, a National Health Care Plan and more! When you join DOC, you are automatically connected to a rich community of regional Chapter members based on your location. Your local Chapter is there to provide community programs, events and region-specific advocacy work.


Below are just a few of our members who have excelled in their craft, and were chosen by their Chapters to have a light shone upon their work and careers.


  • Access to a National Arts & Entertainment Health Care Plan
  • Exclusive access to the members-only DOC-discussion Listserv
  • Access to DOC’s Festival Concierge consultation services
  • Access to DOC’s Business Concierge service
  • Exclusive access to DOC’s members-only webinars and catalogue of webinar recording. – Email for further details.
  • Access to DOC Directory
  • Access to DOC Job Board
  • … and much more! Benefits are kept up to date on your Member Benefits page


All membership includes:

A complimentary subscription to Point of View Magazine

Exclusive rates on film production insurance with Front Row Insurance

A 30-minute free consultation with one of the crowdfunding specialists at Seed & Spark to help you strategize your campaign & build your audience.

A flat $30 booking fee and 24/7 travel booking support with Stage and Screen. More details on the partnership can be found here.

Getty Images Partnership: DOC members now have access to a minimum 15% discount on all applicable photos and video clips, complimentary offline research assistance, access to high-res and non-watermarked stock materials for use in work-in-progress projects, test or private pitches; as well as a dedicated Getty Images representative to guide you through the licensing process. Click here for full details.

Discounts on industry registration and submission waivers to our partner festivals. (Discount and scope of partnerships vary). Email for further details.

Access to a promo code for the annual Realscreen Summit

Discounted membership to like-minded film organizations such as ARRQ in Québec and AMPIA in Alberta. LIFT in Toronto also offers DOC members discounted rates for its workshops.

Membership and access to local events and professional development activities offered through DOC’s local chapters

Access to doc-focused industry information and insights via National and Chapter-based electronic newsletters and e-blasts.

Access to members’ meetings, events, and social gatherings

The opportunity to help shape Canada’s documentary landscape by putting yourself forward for Board of Director positions at National and Chapter levels.

Access to a 10% discount on title searches with KineRecherche.

Invitation to DOC’s annual Hot Docs and TIFF party


All DOC members receive the same membership benefits. However, depending on your career experience or location, you may qualify for a discounted membership.

To join DOC, select your category below.

DOC Pro Membership

For members residing in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

$225 Annual Fee + Tax


DOC Pro Remote Membership

$150 Annual Fee + Tax

For members residing 50km or more outside of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

DOC Production Company Membership

$850 Annual Fee + Tax

Includes 8 memberships from the same company.

Student Membership

$65 Annual Fee + Tax

Receive all the benefits of a DOC Pro Membership with a discount if you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution.

DOC BIPOC Membership

First 2 years are free

For members who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour who are joining DOC for the first time.

DOC Emeritus Membership

$65 Annual Fee + Tax

Paying DOC members for 10 years who are no longer actively creating documentaries. This reduced rate does not include any professional benefits or production related discounts. It does include all other DOC Member benefits, including access to the List-Serv.

DOC Start-up Membership

$125 Annual Fee + Tax

Emerging documentary makers who are recent grads, incorporated their production companies in the last two years, or who are directing or producing their first non-student film.

Click Join to see specific eligibility requirements.


$133 Annual Fee + Tax

Receive all the benefits of a DOC Pro Membership with a discount if you are currently a member of Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec or Alberta Media Production Industries Association.


For those who want to support DOC’s mandate and activities on a yearly basis. Supporter benefits include all member benefits such as regular e-blasts, newsletters and invites to all DOC events. A charitable receipt will be issued if requested. This category does not include access to member list-serv and production benefits and does not qualify as a voting membership.

Organizational Supporter

Ideal for broadcasters, public producers, distributors, funding agencies, businesses. Up to 8 DOC memberships included.

Suggested Donation: $1,500

Individual Supporter

For Individual supporters of DOC.

Suggested Donation: $250 minimum