Getting Real – 5th Edition

November 19, 2013

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

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.

Getting Real 5 (2013)


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.

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.