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ROAD TO THE OSCARS

February 16, 2024

TO KILL A TIGER, directed by 2022 DOC Vanguard Award recipient Nisha Pahuja, has been nominated for an Academy Award!

JoinDOC Institute for a conversation with the team behind the film’s Oscar campaign: Nisha Pahuja (Writer, Director, Producer), Geeta Sondhi (Executive Producer, Impact Producer), Archana Misra Jain (Film Campaign Strategist, Product of Culture), and Annalisa Shoemaker (Theatrical Distributor). The conversation is moderated by Ina Fichman (Producer, Fire of Love, 2022 Oscar Nominee)

In To Kill a Tiger, Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, India, takes on the fight of his life when he demands justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the survivor of sexual assault. In India, where a rape is reported every 20 minutes and conviction rates are less than 30 percent, Ranjit’s decision to support his daughter is virtually unheard of, and his journey unprecedented.

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Meet the Funder: TVO

February 8, 2024

DOC Institute’s Meet the Funder series is back!

Join DOC Institue for a virtual conversation with Natasha Negrea (Head of Programming) and Alexandra Roberts (Commissioning Editor, Documentaries Programming and Content).

The session will be free to attend. Stay tuned for registration details!

📅 Wednesday, February 21st
🕒 5:00pm ET
📍 ZOOM

The Documentary Organization of Canada welcomes all to this no-charge event to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary as an organization and the massive impact we have had in the documentary community for decades.

This “All Are Welcome” event will feature food, beverages, music, and plenty of networking time with a small interlude for a speaking panel with industry experts (speakers to be announced), moderated by DOC Alberta Board Chair, Kelly Wolfert. The panel will reflect on how far DOC has come in 40 years, its impact in the community, and how, as the major voice for documentary across Canada, we are the organization best able to assist those starting out in the documentary industry.

After the panel, we will all be able to connect again and network. This event is perfect for experienced creators and DOC members to celebrate our successes over the past 40 years but it is an amazing opportunity for film/tv students, independent creators, emerging filmmakers, and scripted crew and technicians alike to meet and create lasting relationships.

DOC Members will receive 1 complimentary drink ticket with registration.

If you are interested in becoming a DOC Member head to docorg.ca/join-doc. DOC is currently offering a free two year membership to all new members that identify as BIPOC.

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CRTC Process Update

January 9, 2024

The CRTC is moving forward with its work to modernize Canada’s broadcasting sector. Now that the hearings have concluded, there are several next steps before the CRTC decides how much streamers need to contribute to the Canadian content system, and where that money should go. DOC has advocated for specific funding for feature documentaries, among other advocacy issues important to our community.

We invite all members to join Monique Lafontaine Communications lawyer and media executive, and DOC’s ED Sarah Spring on February 6th at 3pm ET for an open session to talk through the CRTC’s process and what this means for documentary creators.

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Please note that there is no registration link. Zoom link will be opened when the session starts. You can add the event to your calendar, which has the zoom link, so that you don’t forget!

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Coffee With… Set Protect!

January 8, 2024

DOC members now have access to a 20% discount with Set Protect! Check out the DOC Member Benefits page for the discount code.

Set Protect is a services company based in Vancouver BC, that provides affordable, accessible, and innovative mental health supports to the arts and entertainment industry in Canada.

Join us for “Coffee with… Set Protect!” on January 24th at 3pm ET to learn about how Set Protect can support DOC members across Canada.

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Please note that there is no registration link. Zoom link will be opened when the session starts. You can add the event to your calendar, which has the zoom link, so that you don’t forget!

About Set Protect

Originally created in 2021 to provide COVID-19 compliant services to the film industry in BC, Set Protect now supplies technology to connect workers to mental health professionals wherever and whenever they need, as well as on set support and workshops led by our in-house team of mental health professionals, and consulting services to guide on psychological safety best practices.

Our services are created from lived experience within the film industry paired with industry input, research, and statistical data to back the need for this support.

We are also committed to reducing mental health stigma through educational content, public speaking at film festivals and events, as well as establishing industry standards for psychological safety by creating the research to instigate this change.

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Coffee With… Kinema!

January 8, 2024

DOC members now have access to a 30% discount with Kinema! Check out the DOC Member Benefits page for the discount code.

Kinema is a social cinema platform for filmmakers and community builders.

Join us for “Coffee with… Kinema!” on January 16th at 3pm ET to hear all about how Kinema supports you in curating and showcasing films, both online and in person, fostering community and generating income.

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Please note that there is no registration link. Zoom link will be opened when the session starts. You can add the event to your calendar, which has the zoom link, so that you don’t forget!

About Kinema

Movies are better when we watch them together. We help anyone curate and show films — online or in person — to build community and make cash.

We do this by offering a platform for filmmakers to manage their non-theatrical exhibition (aka screening tours) both online and offline, and through developing partnerships with creative cinema spaces, organizations and community leaders to host their own screening events.
We call it human-centered distribution. It starts with an individual and extends to their community. An influencer with a following, a pastor with a church, or an activist with a mission, all can leverage the magic of moviegoing within their spaces — online and off — to build community and connection.

By showing films through Kinema you’re bringing art to creative & communal spaces, and supporting new and independent filmmakers.

Launch your own movie house today to support the filmmaking you want to see.

DOC and POV Magazine have come together to commemorate DOC’s 40th anniversary!

To celebrate this milestone, POV has created a special edition of the magazine dedicated to highlighting DOC’s rich history with features about DOC’s Chapters, our advocacy over the years, conversations with members of our community, and other features that highlight together forty years of Canada’s documentary filmmakers across the country.

The evening will showcase two film screenings by DOC members:

Witness directed by Yasmin Mathurin and produced by Amar Wala

Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas by Ali Kazimi

Following the screening, POV editor Marc Glassman will moderate a discussion about DOC’s past, its present and its future with Ali Kazimi, Yasmin Mathurin, and Amar Wala.

This event is free for DOC members. Login and visit the DOC Member Benefits page for the discount code.

About the films:

Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffery Thomas (1997, 56 minutes)

Spanning over a decade, from 1984 to 1996, Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffery Thomas is an ironic documentary journey full of quiet insights and surprising twists. Starting the film as a foreign student in 1984, Kazimi begins to unravel the hidden history of the land that he has chosen as his home. At one level, Shooting Indians is a portrait of Jeffrey Thomas, an Iroquois photographer. The film explores the influences on his life which led him to his career. It was the work of an American photographer from the turn of the century, Edward Curtis, which forced Thomas to closely examine how Native people had been photographed in the past. Thomas views Curtis’ monumental work as a “mountain which must be crossed”.

Witness (2023, documentary series)

Witness revisits some of the most impactful viral videos in our history through the eyes of the people who captured them. It’s a show about everyday people who chose to document something and share it with the world, and the personal and social outcomes that stem from that decision.

You are cordially invited to the 10th Annual DOC Institute Honours Celebration, taking place on December 5 at The Great Hall. Join us in honouring two outstanding members of the Canadian documentary community as we present the 2023 Rogers-DOC Luminary Award and DOC Vanguard Award.

This year’s Rogers-DOC Luminary Award recipient is Industry veteran Janice Dawe and the DOC Vanguard winner is acclaimed filmmaker Noura Kevorkian. Learn more on our website or download the press release.

This year’s event is special as we will also be celebrating 40 years of DOC and 10 years of DOC Honours! The evening will feature complimentary hors d’ouerves, a silent auction, a live DJ set, and perhaps even some impromptu karaoke.

The event is open to members and non-members. We invite you to bring a guest to celebrate with us. Please note that each attendee must register individually.

Calling all members to join DOC BC YT NT for our annual general meeting and celebrate DOC National’s 40th anniversary!

Please RSVP here if you will be joining us IN PERSON to attend our AGM and celebrate DOC National’s 40th Anniversary.

This is an opportunity to hear about the accomplishments in 2023, meet other documentary filmmakers, reconnect with your community, network, and celebrate our DOC BC YT NT members!

The event will start at 6:30pm PST and run until 11:00pm PST.

We hope to see you at our AGM! We look forward to celebrating you and our other members and sponsors!

Event is partially sponsored by Bell Media and Super Channel.

The DOC Hour will provide an opportunity for an intergenerational conversation on the topic of transformations in the Canadian and Quebec documentary world since DOC was founded in 1983. We’ll look back over four decades of DOC’s tireless efforts to preserve the vitality, funding and accessibility of documentaries in our society.

We’d like to mark this anniversary by reflecting on our history and looking to the future. We salute the growing diversity of our community, take stock of our challenges and celebrate our successes.

The panel will begin with an overview of the “Getting Real/Toute la vérité” report on the decline in funding for documentary production in Canada.

The Documentary Organization of Canada welcomes all to this no-charge event to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary as an organization and the massive impact we have had in the documentary community for decades.

This “All Are Welcome” event will feature food, beverages, music, and plenty of networking time with a small interlude for a speaking panel made up of veteran producer and director, Connie Edwards (also former DOC National Board Chair) and emerging documentary writer and director Omar Mouallem, moderated by DOC Alberta Board Chair, Kelly Wolfert. The panel will reflect on how far DOC has come in 40 years, its impact in the community, and how, as the major voice for documentary across Canada, we are the organization best able to assist those starting out in the documentary industry.

After the panel, we will all be able to connect again and network. This event is perfect for experienced creators and DOC members to celebrate our successes over the past 40 years but it is an amazing opportunity for film/tv students, independent creators, emerging filmmakers, and scripted crew and technicians alike to meet and create lasting relationships.

DOC Members will receive 1 complimentary drink ticket with registration.

If you are interested in becoming a DOC Member head to docorg.ca/join-doc. DOC is currently offering a free two year membership to all new members that identify as BIPOC.

Join us for an exciting online event, Disability Employment Awareness in Documentary Film, on Sat Oct 14 2023, starting at 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time.

Learn from renowned filmmakers, disability advocates, and industry experts as they share their experiences, insights, and techniques for effectively capturing the stories of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

Discover the challenges and triumphs faced by those with disabilities in the documentary film industry, and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of inclusive employment practices. With a focus on authentic storytelling, we will explore how documentary filmmaking can shed light on the unique talents and capabilities of individuals with disabilities, challenging stereotypes and promoting equal opportunities.

Whether you’re a filmmaker, disability advocate, or simply interested in the power of storytelling, this event offers a valuable opportunity to connect, learn, and be inspired.

DOC BCYTNT is grateful to RealWheels Theatre for their incredible support. For more information about RealWheels, check them out at https://realwheels.ca/

🕔11:00 AM – 11:55 AM: Brunch and networking

🕔12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Join Emily Grace Brook and Summer Pervez, Amy Amantea, Niall McNeil and John Bolton in discussion about accessibility, barriers and ways of co-creating and working with people who identify as having a disability.

🕔1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Questions and Answers

DOC Business Leap will support six Canadian documentary producers with small to mid-sized production companies who have completed one or several funded projects, and who identify as one or more intersections of Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, living with a disability, Francophone outside Quebec or living in a rural or remote regions of Canada (remote being defined as oneʼs primary residence being 150 km from cities of over 500 000 people).

This program includes:

  • Monthly meeting with a producer mentor
  • Monthly consultations with a production accountant
  • Consultation sessions with an entertainment lawyer
  • $2000 of therapy

This program is designed for producers who want to grow their production company. Each participant is allotted a pre-paid block of time with specialized consultants that they can draw upon over the course of one year, beginning in January 2024. These regular consultations will help participants to better position themselves, their team and their company for long term sustainable growth.

Every month, participants will have a two-hour meeting with a veteran producer consultant. These regular check-ins are to help to keep their company and projects on track. Participants have regular access to legal consultants, to help with their company structure, to set up their standard production agreements, and any other support that is needed to establish the correct legal frameworks for the company as it prepares for long term growth. Participants have access to production accounting consultants, to help the company review and refine its systems for accounting, payroll, managing tax credits, and other key financial elements. Participants also have pre-paid sessions with a therapist – a key recommendation from DOC’s “DocuMentality” report released in May 2023.

Please fill out the form below to apply for DOC Business Leap before November 17, 2023.

This program is supported by

Eligibility Criteria. YOU ARE:

  • A producer who creates documentary content
  • The majority shareholder of a production company incorporated within Canada
  • The majority shareholder of a production company that has produced at least one documentary production in Canada that has received Federal tax credits
  • The lead producer on a documentary that has had one or more of: Telefilm funding, CMF production funding, a production license with a Canadian broadcaster, a coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada
  • Working with a bookkeeper and / or production accountant on at least a part-time basis
  • Interested in growing your company and producing documentary content at a higher volume
  • An individual who is part of at least one of the communities prioritized by Business Leap
  • Able to commit to up to five hours of meetings per month with the program’s mentors and consultants

This is a pilot program that is mostly being offered in English with some French elements.

FAQ

Q: Do I have to be working exclusively on documentaries?

A: No. You can be producing a variety of genres and formats, but need to have documentaries on your slate of projects

Q: Why is this program open only to documentary producers who are Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, living with a disability, Francophone outside Quebec or living in a rural or remote regions of Canada (remote being defined as one’s primary residence being 150 km from cities of over 500 000 people)?

A: This program is supported by the Canada Media Fund’s Sector Development program, that supports industry initiatives that seek to address gaps in our sector for the groups prioritized by this program. 

Q: How much time will I be required to spend on this program over the course of a year?

A: Every month, participants will spend 1-2 hours with their producer mentor, and 1-2 hours with their production accountant. These meetings do not have a fixed date and time and are set up to be flexible considering everyone’s busy schedules. The legal consultations and therapy sessions are according to each producer’s needs, and can be utilized until the bank of hours has been depleted.

Q. When will know if I’ve been selected for the program?

A: Participants will be notified by December 6, 2023

Q. Why is this program not offered in French?

A: DOC is running this program as a pilot with some bilingual elements: the legal consultations and resulting Agreements are available in French, and participants can choose a Francophone therapist. Should DOC be able to run a second, more expansive version of this program it will be a fully bilingual offer.

This informative session, in collaboration with DOC Québec and DOC Canada, will be hosted by the Forum RIDM team. It’s an opportunity to learn more about our professional market and different activities within our program. After the presentation, there will be time for a Q&A, in order to help you better navigate during the event.

The activity is planned for 1 hour and will be held :

In French

  • 📅October 3
  • 🕔5 PM ET

In English

  • 📅October 5
  • 🕔5 PM ET

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Spotlight Conversation & Mixer at Lunenburg Doc Fest!

Join Atlantic region documentary creators for a conversation exploring changes in the documentary ecosystem over the past four decades as we envision the future, followed by oysters and wine to celebrate DOC’s 40th anniversary. This event is sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada and is free and open to the public.

Oysters will follow!