Breakthrough 2023 Distributors Session

Our Breakthrough Participants had their final session with expert distributors Susan Boshcoff ASD and Robin Smith Level 2.

With the advice they received, the participants will be more ready to attend Hot Docs 2023.

Well done participants! Thank you Susan and Robin! And a special thanks to Creative BC for supporting our participants to attend Hot Docs and for supporting the Breakthrough Program since its inception.

Documentary Festival Kick Off Party

Our popular Pre-Hot Docs and DOXA Mixer is back – and it’s back in-person!

Join us for a pre-festival season mixer to celebrate our members with films premiering at Hot Docs and DOXA, and also hear from the new Knowledge Network President and CEO, Michelle Van Beusekom.

When: Thursday April 13th, 5 to 8 pm

Where: Mahony’s Tavern – False Creek, 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver

Cost: This event is free and is open to members and non-members.

Register through Eventbrite because we have limited spots!

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Festival information:

Hot Docs film festival, April 27 to May 7, 2023:

DOXA film festival, May 4-14, 2023

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Breakthrough 2023 Participants have been busy!!!

Congratulations to our DOC BC YT NT Breakthrough 2023 participants for their hard work in honing their pitches this month!!!

On Saturday March 4th, they met with mentor producers Nisha Pahuja, Julia Ivanova and Joella Cabalu, who provided the participants with valuable insight on their projects.  Thank you Nisha, Julia and Joella!

Two weeks later they pitched again to Gordon Loverin (Knowledge Network) and Teri Snelgrove (NFB) who provided concrete advice and information on when, where and how to pitch to decision makers. Thank you Gordon and Teri!

And with all of the hard work, it is important to play!!! Our participants met each other for the first time in person and were joined by Baljit Sangra (DOC BC YT NT Chair) and Brishkay Ahmed (Breakthrough Facilitator). It was a good chance to hang out and get to know each other better in 3 D (smile).

We would like to thank Creative BC for their generous support to the Breakthrough program and to the participants themselves. 

Breakthrough 2023 Story Editing with Sturla Gunnarrson

The Breakthrough 2023 program continued with its second session on
Story Editing with Sturla Gunnarsson. 

Brishkay Ahmed facilitated this session with special guest Sturla Gunnarsson is an Oscar© nominated, Emmy Award© winning Canadian filmmaker.  Sturla has directed a broad range of fiction, non-fiction, theatrical and television productions and is known for his humanistic treatment of contemporary themes. Our participants are: Hayley Gray, Sonya Lee, Jon Chiang, Linda St. Pierre, Tammy Jones and Inder Nirwan. It was an incredible opportunity to learn!

Click here for more information about Sturla Gunnarrson.

Call for Proposals Short Films on First Peoples’ Cultural Revitalization in B.C.

Call for Proposals
Short Films on First Peoples’ Cultural Revitalization in B.C.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Knowledge Network recognize the effects of colonization on Indigenous peoples. They are seeking Indigenous filmmakers to produce stories reflecting the cultural values First Peoples bring to British Columbia. Their stories will be broadcast on Knowledge Network and its streaming platforms.

Knowledge Network and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council will be providing Q&A Sessions by Zoom on the following dates:

Thursday February 23, 2023, at 10:00 am
Tuesday February 28, 2023, at 2:00 pm

To register for any of these info sessions please email Gordon Loverin at

Deadline for Submissions – March 17th, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Click here to learn more on the Knowledge Network site

Breakthrough 2023 Program – Update


DOC BC YT NT  has extended its call for submissions to its THIRD Breakthrough Program, sponsored by Creative BC.

Prepare to pitch for development funds and a development deal for your project. Sell your project to prestigious festival markets like Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and beyond! Six emerging and high-potential producers will be selected for a rigorous and intimate market-preparation course where they’ll hone their project pitches and materials to prepare for festivals and markets like the Deal Maker program at Hot Docs.

Emerging producers will learn to pitch for development funds by meeting key industry mentors at each session such as broadcasters, distributors, and story and trailer editing consultants. They will be supported to workshop their pitch and encouraged to apply to festival markets like Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and beyond!



DOC BC YT NT Annual General Meeting 2022

The DOC BC YT NT Executive Board invites you to our 2022 Annual General Meeting which will be held in person at the Irish Heather Gastropub in Vancouver and virtually on Zoom.
This is an opportunity to hear about the accomplishments in 2022, meet other documentary filmmakers, reconnect with your community, network and celebrate our DOC BC YT NT members!
7 pm PT/8 pm MT: AGM
8 pm PT/ 9 pm MT: Holiday Mixer Party!!!!
Registration is required. Space is limited at the in-person venue. To register:
The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 248 E Georgia Street in Vancouver.
We hope to see you at our AGM!!!! Let’s celebrate our members and our sponsors!!!