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!!!

BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM 2023

DOC BC YT NT opens 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!

Awards & Prizes
Selected filmmakers will get exclusive access:

For four months leading up to Hot Docs, bi-weekly sessions with acclaimed documentary filmmakers and project-specific feedback from funders, broadcasters, distributors, and peers. As well as workshops, where participants will hone their trailers and work on their pitch materials with story editors, producers, and pitch specialists.

1. Free one-year DOC membership with all its benefits, including free access to other DOC events.

2. The Breakthrough Alumni Network, a private group where alumni share opportunities and information.

3. Digital pass to the 2023 Hot Docs Film Festival (attend industry sessions, network with key industry professionals, set up meetings to sell their projects, and connect and collaborate with peers).

Rules & Terms
The following information is required to apply:

1. In one to three pages, give us a summary of your industry and work experience, your educational background and past professional development, or mentorship programs. Please note that many past applicants choose to submit a CV plus a list of broadcast credits and/or a filmography. This section should be used to convey your relevant experience to the jury, so please share your accomplishments with us!

2. In no more than one page, tell us why you would benefit from the Breakthrough Program and what you hope to achieve by attending a pitch session such as the Hot Docs Festival and Forum, or equivalent. Why would this program be timely for your career as a producer or director intending to produce your next project? Tell us about how you intend to interact with the other participants in the program to build community and how you have built a community in your career thus far.

3. In no more than one page, tell us briefly about the main project you are intending to workshop during this program. If available, please include sizzle, trailer, visual elements/references and/or websites you have.

4. In no more than one page, if you have a second or third in development, you may tell us about them. We encourage you to include links to any trailers, visual elements/references and/or websites you have. However, this is not mandatory.

To submit follow the link, register, and submit via FilmFreeway. *If you have any trouble with the FilmFreeway platform or need to send us more information, please email docbc@docbc.org.

TO SUBMIT FOLLOW THE LINK, REGISTER, AND SUBMIT VIA FILMFREEWAY:

HTTPS://FILMFREEWAY.COM/DOC_BCYNT 

Doc Ignite Comes to BC!!!

Doc Ignite comes to Vancouver and Victoria! 

About this event
Offering direct market intelligence and skills training, Doc Ignite workshops provide filmmakers with access to a wide range of professional development curriculum. Doc Ignite labs aim to provide new opportunities to filmmakers across all regions of Canada and continue to help them launch sustainable documentary careers.
Vancouver – Thursday October 27, 2022 [9:30 –  6:30]
Location: Cineworks, 1131 Howe St. Vancouver
Victoria – Saturday October 29, 2022 [9:30 –  6:30]
Location: Haus of Owl, 780 Blanshard Street, Victoria
About the workshops:
Hot Docs presents full day professional development sessions on market intelligence and production for documentary filmmakers.
Session 1: From Treatment to Screen
How do you lift words on the page to the screen for a documentary? In this interactive session, participants will get practical takeaways on how to break down scenes from the treatment to manageable bite-sized ways to ensure coverage to the story during the shoot. Prepare for your next documentary with confidence.
Session 2: Market Intelligence
Amid a changing documentary landscape, this session will outline key market trends. Learn how Canadian and international broadcasters, platforms, distributors and exhibitors have shifted their business models in response to the pandemic, and how filmmakers have adapted their approaches to pitching and project financing. Hear insights and observations from buyers and industry experts, as well as the Hot Docs Industry team.

Lunch is provided. Reception to follow the workshop.

DOC BC members can attend for free. Non-members $10.

For IBPOC filmmakers, DOC offers a free two-year membership.
To become a member, visit: https://docorg.ca/join-doc/
This is a great opportunity for our documentary filmmakers!  Hope to see you there!

BREAKTHROUGH APPLICANTS 2022!

ANNOUNCEMENT TIME! We’re so excited to announce our 2022 Breakthrough participants! Scroll through to learn about our wonderful filmmakers!

An image of Jaime with her full name below, "Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos"

Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos (she/her) is a director, producer, editor and founder of Her Stories Inc. Her projects primarily concern the empowerment of women, social and environmental justice. Winner of the ‘Hot Doc’s Cross Currents Doc Fund’ (2021) with co-director Kayah George for their documentary ‘Our Grandmother the Inlet’ which will move into production late January 2022.

Jaime Leigh’s film “What About Our Future?” which she executive produced, co-directed, shot, and edited with co-director Cláudio Cruz & producer Jen Muranetz was supported and funded by Creative BC and has appearances by David Suzuki and Greta Thunberg. The project screened at DOXA (2021) receiving the ‘Nigel Moore Youth Programming Award’, One World Humanitarian Film Festival (2021), The Vancouver Short Film Festival (2021), DOK Leipzig (2020), Aesthetica Short Film Festival & Now Symposium (2020/2021), St. John’s International Women’s Festival (2020), Planet in Focus (2020), and Eco-Cine Film Festival (2020), BIFED (2020) and was a finalist for ‘The SIMA Awards’ (2021.) ‘What About Our Future? participated in the ‘Hot Doc’s Doc’s For School’s’ Program’ and ‘SIMA Classroomes’ playing in over 600 schools, and had its broadcast premiere on ‘Hollywood Suite’ on March 21st 2021. The project was selected for SMI’s ‘Story to Action’ program (2021).

Jaime Leigh just completed an eight-week course through Sundance with her upcoming film “Ask the Plantain” which she will be co-produceding with award-winning producer Shelby Manton (Boldly).

An image of Jay with his full name below, "Jay Cardinal Villenueve"

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, a Nêhiyawi- Bush Cree/Métis, was born and raised in northern Alberta and is an intergenerational residential school survivor who began acting on stage in community theatre productions when he was just a young buck. Him/He emerged from hustling VHS rentals at Video Gallery in Slave Lake, Treaty 8 territory, to nabbing a Theatre scholarship for College, where he subsequently dropped out and hitchhiked to Vancouver Coast Salish Territory to work in film & television.

After short stints in TV, independent film, radio, KFC, telemarketing and street theatre, he snuck into Capilano University where he paid his dues by selling film school students short film scripts for their assignments, then graduated from the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program; with honours. Villeneuve concurrently worked as a private video statement gatherer w/ the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada for several years where he was honoured with the name “Smeent” meaning Mountain Man in the Kwakwaka’wakw language. His many YouTube short films have gone the opposite of viral, but some have actually played in film festivals. As an actor, you can see him in some cool movies like Beans and Brother I Cry (where he was robbed of a Supporting Actor Leo Award), and even a TV show here and there, like Get Shorty.

As a filmmaker he managed to snag some hardware for his films like the critically acclaimed Holy Angels and Is That One of Your Jokes; which is not a question, or a joke, but the title of the film. He also received honourable mention from the MPPIA Short Film Award at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival for the live pitch of his Louis Riel short script Gods & Devils. Jay is basically what would happen if Tom Jackson and Blanche Devereaux (from Golden Girls) had an illegitimate love child that was raised in a small town surrounded by dense forest; and people LOL! He also has three rad kids, who are not illegitimate, and often star in his cardinal cinéma c[art]el indie films.

“live to dream, dare to live; live your dreams if you dare!”
~ jay cardinal villeneuve

An image of Jamuna with her full name below, "Jamuna Galay-Tamang"

Jamuna Galay-Tamang is a storyteller whose lineage is Tamang, Dënësųłinë́ Métis, German & Ukrainian. Her Indigenous roots in Canada are tied to Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan (Treaty 6 Territory) and she was born on stolen Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Territories. She is a daughter, sister, proud aunty, beader, hide tanner and corn husk weaver. In herprofessional work, she loves exploring themes related to identity, public health equity, and transformational Indigenous/social justice. Jamuna was a 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival Catalyst Mentee and was the recipient of a Fox International Fellowship at Yale University in 2019-2020 where she was supported in this filmmaking process. She holds a Master’s in Journalism from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. She lives and works on the beautiful unceded and stolen territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Peoples who have been stewards and caretakers of these lands for time beyond record or oral history.

An image of Kent with his full name below, "Kent Donguines"

Kent Donguines is a Filipino-Canadian narrative and documentary filmmaker who runs Aimer Films Inc. based in Vancouver, BC. He produced the award-winning films IRIDESCENCE, THIS INK RUNS DEEP which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and WATERSHED which is currently featured in Los Angeles Comic-Con through Geekfest. He also created the short documentary, KALINGA (CARE) that had its World Premiere at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival and is currently one of the projects selected by Story Money Impact to impact produce through their inaugural Story to Action program. In 2021, Kent is named as one of Playback’s 10 to Watch as he continues to champion Filipino-Canadian and underrepresented stories.

An image of Milena with her full name below, "Milena Salazar"

Milena Salazar is a documentary filmmaker interested in creating artistically driven, socially engaged work. Her award-winning short films, as well as her collaborations with other filmmakers as an editor or cinematographer, have screened in film festivals across the globe. Alongside her film projects, she has championed documentary cinema and its independent filmmaking community through various roles in arts organizations and film festivals in Vancouver, BC. She is currently working on her first feature Robot Kindergarten, an essay film about robotic pet companions and their wider societal and ethical implications.

An image of Yasmine with her full name below, "Yasmine Renaud"

Yasmine Renaud (she/her) is a French Canadian cultural producer, arts administrator, and filmmaker based in Dawson City, Yukon.

Her longtime love of theater led her to be a founding member of the Dawson City League of Lady Wrestlers (DCLOLW), a performance art collective, where she was the artistic director for 4 years. The DCLOLW received international attention and was featured in the Toronto Star, the Huffington Post, and VICE.

Yasmine has stage managed at Edinburgh’s International Fringe Festival and produced for Scotland’s national broadcaster, STV, before returning home to focus on building community and capacity in the Yukon.

Her films have been official selections at various festivals such as Available Light, Wonderhorse, South Texas Underground, and the Scottish Short Film Festival, where ‘Last House on CCTV’ won the audience choice award. She most recently wrote her first short film, Birdbox and is currently producing for television.

We’re so excited to begin the program with these amazing filmmakers! Stay tuned to hear more about their projects.

Breakthrough Program 2022!

The text, "BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM 2022 Applications Open now! Deadline: November 26, 2021 Sponsored by Creative BC."

DOC BC/ YT/ NWT opens call for submissions to its second 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 this rigorous and intimate market-preparation course where they’ll develop a successful festival strategy and hone their project pitches and materials to prepare for festivals and markets like the Deal Maker program at Hot Docs.

These sessions will be run online via Zoom for the 2022 edition.

Selected filmmakers will get exclusive access:

For four months leading up to Hot Docs, bi-weekly sessions with acclaimed documentary filmmakers and project-specific feedback from funders, broadcasters, distributors, and peers. As well as workshops, where participants will hone their trailers and work on their pitch materials with story editors, producers, and pitch specialists.   

  1. Free one-year DOC membership with all its benefits, including free access to other DOC events. 
  2. The Breakthrough Alumni Network, a private group where alumni share opportunities & information.
  3. Digital pass to the 2022 Hot Docs Film Festival (attend industry sessions, network with key industry professionals, set up meetings to sell their projects, and connect and collaborate with peers.)

To apply candidates must:

  • Person submitting the project must be a resident of BC, Yukon, or Northwest Territories who has resided in the territories for a minimum of one year.
  • Be documentary filmmakers who have at least one producing or directing credit; or who have a comparable level of industry success and experience in the arts.
  • Have a slate of projects in development (at least one, can be features, shorts, or series).
  • Be able to attend the following: the Breakthrough Program (January – April); the majority of the online edition of the Hot Docs Festival ( including the virtual Forum) and all training during the program.

The following information is required to apply:

  • In one to three pages, give us a summary of your industry and work experience, your educational background and past professional development, or mentorship programs. Please note that many past applicants choose to submit a CV plus a list of broadcast credits and/or a filmography. This section should be used to convey your relevant experience to the jury, so please share your accomplishments with us!

 

  • In no more than one page, tell us why you would benefit from the Breakthrough Program and what you hope to achieve by attending a pitch session such as the Hot Docs Festival and Forum, or equivalent. Why would this program be timely for your career as a producer or director intending to produce your next project? Tell us about how you intend to interact with the other participants in the program to build community and how you have built a community in your career thus far.

 

  • In no more than one page, tell us briefly about the main project you are intending to workshop during this program. If available, please include sizzle, trailer, visual elements/references and/or websites you have.

 

  • In no more than one page, if you have a second or third in development, you may tell us about them. We encourage you to include links to any trailers, visual elements/references and/or websites you have. However, this is not mandatory.

Please note: Non-members are required to pay a registration fee of $25 + tax and will be asked to join DOC if accepted into the program. Your membership fee will be included in the program. Questions? Contact us by email at docbc@docbc.org.

To submit follow the link, register, and submit via Filmfreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/DOC_BCYNT 

We’re hiring!

 

*UPDATE: We have hired! Thank you to all of our applicants, we truly appreciate everyone who applied.*

Deadline: Friday, October 1st

DOC BC/YT/NWT is hiring an Administrative and Communications Coordinator, to join us. Could it be you, or someone you know?

The Administrative and Communications Coordinator will work closely with the Board co-chairs, committee chairs, contract staff and partner organizations to provide support to the board and organization. This individual is responsible for assisting in the planning, coordinating, strategizing and execution of professional development workshops, social events, and various initiatives. The Administrative and Communications Coordinator is the point-person for DOC BC / YT/ NWT and facilitates the flow of information between the board, the National office, the membership, and the public. We strongly encourage applicants with lived experience, from Indigenous communities, people of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and genders to apply.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and sociable individual who is passionate about documentary film to join us.  If working for DOC BC/YT/NWT and being a part of a national documentary organization excites you, we want to hear from you!

WHAT YOU DO

  • Arrange monthly board meetings; schedule meetings, take minutes and provide documents to board members as necessary
  • Assist in the planning and execution of professional development workshops and social events
  • Write monthly newsletter
  • Regularly update the website
  • Manage social media accounts
  • Maintain all paper and electronic files related to operations
  • Manage the DOC BC /YT/NWT email account and respond to inquiries.
  • Explain the benefits of membership to prospective and renewing members
  • Opportunities to coordinate larger professional development programs

WHAT YOU BRING

  • Passion for documentary filmmaking and supporting independent creators
  • Administrative experience in an office environment
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal/written/comprehension)
  • Proficiency in marketing via social media
  • Considerable experience with MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop or Premiere, or similar design and video
    editing software, are a strong asset
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks
  • Strong organization skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with Eventbrite, WordPress, and Mailchimp an asset

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

  • Collaborative and friendly team environment
  • Passion for the cultural industries, and the documentary format in particular
  • Gaining a greater understanding of the documentary landscape in BC and the territories, and Canada, and familiarity with partner and funding organizations

If you are passionate, committed, and dynamic – we want to hear from you!

Please send your resume and cover letter to docbc@docbc.org. Please include “Administrative and Communications Coordinator Application” in the subject line. Only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule.

Deadline: October 1, 2021

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the largest professional non-profit association of independent filmmakers in the country, with more than 1,000 members across the country, and over 250 members in the DOC BC/YT/NWT Chapter. Since 1983, DOC has been the champion of independent documentary film and television in Canada.

www.docbc.org | www.docorg.ca

After Hot Docs: Industry Experts and Filmmakers Share Their Festival Experience

Join us in our upcoming panel: After Hot Docs – Industry Experts and Filmmakers Share Their Festival Experience on May 25th at 5PM PST | 6PM MST.

Let’s wrap up the festival by bringing together a broad group of Hot Docs participants, from festival programmers, Deal Maker and Forum pitch participants to first time Hot Docs festival filmmakers, who will reflect on their experiences during the festival. 

This is a webinar for emerging and established filmmakers, for filmmakers who were part of this year’s festival or filmmakers who would like to find out what they missed, and what the virtual festival landscape looks like.

When?

May 25th, 2021 at 5pm PST | 6pm MST

What?

Moderated Panel discussion + Q&A

Where?

Zoom. REGISTER NOW.

This event is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts as part of the “DOC Goes Digital” program.

Meet our Panel

Moderator

Jessica Hallenbeck, PhD, RPP producer, cinematographer, co-founder

Jessica Hallenbeck is a documentary filmmaker and community planner. With an undergraduate degree in media and film from Queen’s University, she has worked in documentary for close to 20 years. Jessica holds a PhD in geography from the University of British Columbia and is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Canadian Media Producers Association and serves on the boards of DOC BC and DOC National.

 

Panelists

Olena Decock

Olena Decock is an Industry Programmer at Hot Docs, focusing her energy on working with projects funded through the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund, the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund and the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund. In everything she does, her overarching goal is to help great docs get made. She is an avid admirer of social realist cinema, films about collective healing, and loves to curl up to a good ol’ fashioned music doc. Olena has 9-years’ experience working at international film festivals, including two year as the Programming Associate to TIFF’s Middle East & Africa selections. She co-produced the short DZIADZIO (d. A. Ries), which world premiered at TIFF18. Olena is fluent in French and proficient in karaoke.

Julian Carrington

Julian Carrington is an Industry Funds Programmer and Distribution Manager at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He supports the administration of the Hot Docs portfolio of funds and oversees Hot Docs’ distribution marketplace, including the Distribution Rendezvous pitch meeting program and the Doc Shop sales platform. Julian is also the co-programmer of For Viola, a BIPOC-centered screening series at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema launched in 2020. Prior to joining Hot Docs, he served as an associate programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival, and, from 2015 to 2017, managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service.

Ina Fichman

For more than twenty-five years, Ina Fichman, Intuitive Pictures, has been producing award- winning documentary and fiction films, and interactive projects. Many of her creative documentaries have been released in theatres in Canada and abroad and have played at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs, RIDM, CPHDOX, Venice, SXSW, Tribeca, TIFF and others. Award-winning productions include Amer Shomali’s THE WANTED 18, MONSOON (Canada’s Top 10) and VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT. Recent productions include STRAY, THE GIG IS UP, ONCE UPON A SEA, BLUE BOX, THE OSLO DIARIES, INSIDE LEHMAN BROTHERS, GIFT and LAILA AT THE BRIDGE. In 2018, Ina was the recipient of the Don Haig Award from Hot Docs which recognizes the work of a Canadian independent producer. She is currently chair of the national board of the Documentary Association of Canada, is one of the chairs of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA) and also sits on the Board of the Canadian producers association, CMPA. Ina is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Lyana Patrick

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Lyana Patrick is a director, writer and researcher based in Vancouver, BC. She is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. Her student short film Travels Across the Medicine Line screened at the American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco) and the Native Voices Film Festival (Seattle). Two short films, A Place to Belong and The Train Station screened at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. Lyana is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences where her work focuses on the intersection of Indigenous health, planning and justice.

Joella Cabalu

Joella Cabalu is a Filipino Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival and a special jury mention at CAAMFest for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary. Since then, she has worked as a producer, supporting emerging women directors in creating critically acclaimed short documentaries, including On Falling (Tribeca 2020), Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (Lunenburg 2019), Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance 2017), and FIXED! (DOXA 2017). Currently, she is producing her first feature documentary Back Home with support from the Telefilm Talent to Watch fund.

Recently, she directed two short documentaries: Ode to a Seafaring People for Knowledge Network and Koto: The Last Service through the BC Arts Council. In 2021, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the DOC BC + YT + NWT Breakthrough program, Joella is developing Nakabingwit: First Comes Love, a feature-length.

About DOC Goes Digital

DOC  BC | YT |  NWT is a chapter of DOC National. This year we are launching a Canada Council funded program “DOC GOES DIGITAL” and are responsible for all English language programming associated with the program throughout Canada. The goal of “DOC Goes Digital” is to connect our broader filmmaking community at this challenging time, and to center diverse filmmakers within all the programming.  We are partnering with several festivals to offer opportunities for people to connect with each other, to augment the visibility of DOC, and to build relationships with partners within the industry.

 

DOC BC | YT | NWT at DOXA – A Festival Kick-Off Happy Hour

Join us for a special “DOC BC | YT | NWT at DOXA” festival kick-off and evening of filmmaker celebrations!

We will spotlight DOC BC | YT | NWT filmmakers with films in this year’s festival program and hear from the festival director and programmers about the events planned for the 20 year anniversary of the festival. The evening will include a filmmaker panel and mixer with small breakout rooms for networking and checking-in with fellow filmmakers!

When?

May 4th, 2021 at 5pm PST | 6pm MST

What?

Filmmaker Panel and Mixer

Where?

Zoom. REGISTER NOW.

This event is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts as part of the “DOC Goes Digital” program.

About DOC Goes Digital

DOC  BC | YT |  NWT is a chapter of DOC National. This year we are launching a Canada Council funded program “DOC GOES DIGITAL” and are responsible for all English language programming associated with the program throughout Canada. The goal of “DOC Goes Digital” is to connect our broader filmmaking community at this challenging time, and to center diverse filmmakers within all the programming.  We are partnering with several festivals to offer opportunities for people to connect with each other, to augment the visibility of DOC, and to build relationships with partners within the industry.


MEET OUR MODERATOR

Baljit Sangra

Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver-based filmmaker whose films shine a light on underrepresented and marginalized voices and stories. A six-time Leo Award nominee, Sangra’s films have routinely premiered at festivals around the world. She directed the NFB-produced feature documentary Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a Punjabi family living in BC. Because We Are Girls had its world premiere in 2019 at Hot Docs and was the Opening Gala film at Doxa Film Festival. It is still screening at festivals and winning awards and is now on Amazon. Other documentaries include the award-winning Many Rivers Home, a personal story about seniors living in assisted care at the end of life; Have You Forgotten Me , that shines a light on North America’s oldest Sikh Temple in North America ‘ anchored by the letters of a wife left behind ; Warrior Boyz, examining the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of BC’s Lower Mainland and Hockey United following dreams of two South Asian hockey hopefuls. Baljit I president of Viva Mantra films Inc which launched by producing several season of an A&E series VIVA! for City TV/ Omni.


MEET OUR PANELIST FILMMAKERS 

Director: Brishkay Ahmed 
In the Rumbling Belly of Motherland

Brishkay Ahmed is an Afghan-Canadian filmmaker.
She’s also the director of Unveiled: Kohistan Video Scandal and Story of Burqa. As a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and DOC BC, she’s a dedicated member of our creative industries
in Canada and Afghanistan.

 


Director: Sheona McDonald
Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery
Into Light

Sheona has worked in the Canadian film & television industry as a writer, producer and director, for over two decades. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Recent films include Into Light, Dead Man’s Switch a crypto mystery, Candice, A Short Essay on Men, and Inside Her Sex. She recently finished writing a feature film script, Back By Midnight, that was optioned by Christine Haebler of Screen Siren. She is currently writing her first novel, Inferno. Sheona lives in Vancouver with her husband and three kids.

Co-Directors: Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams 
Someone Like Me

As proud members of the queer community, directing duo Sean Horlor and  Steve J. Adams have created work that shines a spotlight on misunderstandings — queer and otherwise. Their first feature-length documentary, Someone Like Me (NFB), follows a group of young LGBTQ+ strangers who unite to help Drake, a fun-loving gay man, escape to Vancouver from life-threatening persecution in Uganda. Sean and Steve have directed and produced more than 20 projects together, including the award-winning short The Day Don Died (Hot Docs 2019) and Brunch Queen (Inside Out 2018). They recently completed a series of shorts for Knowledge Network entitled Dear Reader, and their next feature documentary, Satan Wants You, is currently in development with CBC documentary Channel.


Director: Shannon Walsh
The Gig is Up 


Shannon Walsh has written and directed the award-winning feature documentaries The Gig is Up (2021), Illusions of Control (2019), Jeppe on a Friday (2013), À st-henri, le 26 août (2011), and H2Oil (2009), as well as numerous short films and VR works. Shannon’s films have been broadcast and theatrically-released internationally, played in film festivals globally, and screened in museum spaces, including the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Shannon is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is a 2020-2021 Guggenheim Fellow.


Director: Yung Chang
Wuhan Wuhan

YUNG CHANG is the director of Up the Yangtze (2007), China Heavyweight (2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2012). He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, which was selected in 2015 to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs.  Chang’s films have premiered at international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and IDFA and have played theatrically in cinemas around the world. Up the Yangtze was one of the top-grossing documentary releases in 2008. In 2013, China Heavyweight became the most widely screened social-issue documentary in Chinese history with an official release in 200 Mainland Chinese cinemas. His films have been critically-acclaimed, receiving awards in Paris, Milan, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Canadian Genie, Taiwan Golden Horse, Cinema Eye Honors, among others and have been nominated at Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Emmys. Chang’s films have been shown on international broadcasters including PBS, National Geographic, ARTE, ZDF, Channel 4, HBO, TMN, NHK, CBC, TV2, SBS and EBS. Chang is the recipient of the Don Haig Award, the Yolande and Pierre Perrault Award, and the Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada. In 2013, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Director: Caroline Cox
Food for the Rest of Us

Caroline Cox is a Northwest Territories based filmmaker who lives off-grid  and specializes in projects that focus on the culture, environment and lifestyles of Canada’s far north. . Raised on a farm in Southern Ontario, Cox moved to the NWT as a young woman working as a folk musician before embracing film as her preferred medium for story-telling. A self-taught cinematographer and editor, Caroline brings a raw authentic lens to her storytelling in the remote part of Canada she has come to call home.

Caroline is the producer and director of the hit TV series Wild Kitchen and CBC series NorthernHer Caroline also works as an Associate Producer for the Discovery Channel. and She is a co-founder at Copper Quartz Media with her business partner, Inuk performing artist, Tiffany Ayalik. Food For The Rest of Us is Caroline and Tiffany’s first feature length documentary film. The film is a Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund recipient as well as a Doc Society Good Pitch and Redford Centre selected project.


Director: Lyana Patrick
The Tomahawk

Lyana Patrick is a director, writer and researcher based in Vancouver, BC.  She is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. Her student short film Travels Across the Medicine Line screened at the American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco) and the Native Voices Film Festival (Seattle). Two short films, A Place to Belong and The Train Station screened at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. Lyana is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences where her work focuses on the intersection of Indigenous health, planning and justice.


Director: Joella Cabalu
Koto: The Last Service

Joella Cabalu is a Filipino Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival and a special jury mention at CAAMFest for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary. Since then, she has worked as a producer, supporting emerging women directors in creating critically acclaimed short documentaries, including On Falling (Tribeca 2020), Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (Lunenburg 2019), Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance 2017), and FIXED! (DOXA 2017). Currently, she is producing her first feature documentary Back Home with support from the Telefilm Talent to Watch fund. Koto: The Last Service marks her return to the director’s seat, exploring stories about intimacies, identities, and relationships.


Director: Amar Chebib 
Joe Buffalo

Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib began making videos while growing up skateboarding in the Middle East. He has since directed various award-winning short films and commercials, as well as a feature documentary about three Syrian musicians turned refugees. Amar resides with his wife in Vancouver, BC on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory.


Director: Kent Donguines
Kalinga (Care)

Kent Donguines is a Filipino-Canadian narrative and documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. He produced the award-winning CBC short documentary, THE INK RUNS DEEP, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. He also wrote, directed, and produced the Telus Storyhive short film KALINGA (Care), a documentary about the sacrifices Filipina nannies make to work in Canada. Kent is one of five Canadian producers selected for the prestigious 2020 Canadian Film Centre Producers Lab. He was a finalist in the 2017 Whistler Film Festival Power Pitch Competition. He’s also an alumnus of the Telus Storyhive-Banff Fellowship and HotDocs Doc Accelerator programs. Kent has worked for production companies in Canada and the Philippines, including Cedar Island Films Inc., Black Cap Pictures (Ten17p), Viva Entertainment, and Star Cinema.


Co-Directors: Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos and Cláudio Cruz 
What About Our Future?

Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos (she/her) is a director, producer, editor and founder of BC based production company Her Stories Inc.

Jaime Leigh’s projects primarily concern the empowerment of womxn and environmental justice. Her most recent documentary “What About Our Future?” which she co-directed, shot, and edited with Cláudio Cruz was supported and funded by Creative BC and has appearances by David Suzuki and Greta Thunberg. The project screened at The Vancouver Short Film Festival (2021), DOK Leipzig (2020), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2020), St. John’s International Women’s Festivals (2020), Planet in Focus (2020), Eco-Cine Film Festival (2020), BIFED (2020) and was a finalist for ‘The SIMA Awards’ (2021.) ‘What About Our Future?’ will participate in the ‘Hot Doc’s Doc’s For School’s’ Program’ and had its broadcast premiere with ‘Hollywood Suite’ March 21st 2021. The film will also screen at DOXA (2021), and One World Human Rights Film Festival (2021.)

Integral to Jaime Leigh’s work is capturing the authenticity and resilience of the human spirit. She has first hand experience of this tenacity, placing herself in unique and eye-opening environments and accepting challenges whenever possible in order to gain new perspectives. She has filmed in a war-torn village in Kosovo, with a curandero in the mountains of Peru, in the underground African feminist poet movement in Brazil. She self-funded, directed and produced three short documentaries in South America which were presented internationally and screened across elementary schools in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Cláudio Cruz holds a BA in Design for the Mackenzie University (São Paulo, Brazil) and is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. Concerned with the perceived world of dualities and what lies beyond it, Cruz has an instinct for creating unique and powerful imagery around heartfelt topics.

In 2015, he had a solo exhibition with his photographic work “Efêmero Eterno” at the São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound in Brazil.
In 2017 he photographed and directed the short documentary “Edu”, about a young man facing death after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit his hometown in Ecuador. The film was exhibited in festivals in Germany, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, and Australia, where Cláudio was awarded Best Emerging Director at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.

He recently finished his latest short documentary “What About Our Future?” that he co-directed with Jaime Gianopoulos. The film, which was screened in festivals as DOK Leipzig and Planet in Focus, follows youth climate leaders as they organize the largest protest in Vancouver’s history.

DOC BC | YT | NWT at Hot Docs | Festival Kick-Off Panel & Mixer

Our popular Pre-Hot Docs Mixer is back – Virtual Edition!

Join us for a Hot Docs Festival Kick-Off ‘happy hour’ with our talented DOC BC | YT | NWT filmmakers who have movies in this year’s Hot Docs festival program!

Get a preview of these films and celebrate our filmmakers. We will give an overview and chat about industry events you don’t want to miss during the festival.

Let’s round up the event with our small Breakout Rooms – where you can say hi to your fellow filmmakers, board members, and catch up on each other’s work!

This event is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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WHEN?

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
5:00PM – 6:30PM PST | 6:00PM – 7:30PM MST

WHERE?

Via Zoom.

Register HERE.

WHAT?

Filmmaker panel Discussion + Q&A | Mixer with Breakout Rooms

**Closed captioning available for accessibility during panel**

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MEET OUR MODERATOR

Priyanka Desai

Priyanka Desai is a content producer with over 10 years experience in documentaries, reality TV shows and doc series. Starting as a journalist, she took on senior leadership positions as a story producer and executive producer in the fast-paced TV industry.

She is known for award-winning shows that trigger immense audience response and spark uncomfortable conversations about gender. In response to a gruesome sexual assault case in India, she produced a debate show Because, It’s a Boy! which won the United Nations Population Fund Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity.

In 2019 she was selected for the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) BC Production Mentorship Program. In Canada, her recent work includes, award winning docu-series Red Chef Revival (a pan-Canada tourism video presentation for Indigenous Association of Canada), Documentary on Wheelchair Boxing for Accessible Media Inc. and most recently a profile video series for BC Achievement Fulmer First Nations Art Awards 2020. Having worked on productions across two continents, she has developed a meticulous understanding of diverse audiences. Currently, Priyanka is part of the 21 selected producers’ squad for National Screen Institute’s Business for Producers Program.

MEET OUR PANELISTS

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a writer director, producer and actor. She is a member of the Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe, Blackfoot Confederacy) as well as Sámi from Uŋjárga. She co-wrote and co-directed the Toronto and Vancouver Film Critics’ Award-winning film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open with Kathleen Hepburn. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards; Tailfeathers and Hepburn received the awards for Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay. Tailfeathers recently appeared in Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum and stars in Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders which will premiere at Berlinale 2021. Her feature-length documentary Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy premieres at Hot Docs 2021.

Sean Horlor & Steve J. Adams

As proud members of the queer community, directing duo Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams have created work that shines a spotlight on misunderstandings — queer and otherwise. Their first feature-length documentary, Someone Like Me (NFB), follows a group of young LGBTQ+ strangers who unite to help Drake, a fun-loving gay man, escape to Vancouver from life-threatening persecution in Uganda. Sean and Steve have directed and produced more than 20 projects together, including the award-winning short The Day Don Died (Hot Docs 2019) and Brunch Queen (Inside Out 2018). They recently completed a series of shorts for Knowledge Network entitled Dear Reader, and their next feature documentary, Satan Wants You, is currently in development with CBC documentary Channel.

Sheona McDonald

Sheona has worked in the Canadian film & television industry as a writer, producer and director, for over two decades.
She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Recent films include Into Light, Dead Man’s Switch a crypto mystery, Candice, A Short Essay on Men, and Inside Her Sex. She recently finished writing a feature film script, Back By Midnight, that was optioned by Christine Haebler of Screen Siren. She is currently writing her first novel, Inferno. Sheona lives in Vancouver with her husband and three kids.

Shannon Walsh

Shannon Walsh has written and directed the award-winning feature documentaries The Gig is Up (2021), Illusions of Control (2019), Jeppe on a Friday (2013), À st-henri, le 26 août (2011), and H2Oil (2009), as well as numerous short films and VR works. Shannon’s films have been broadcast and theatrically-released internationally, played in film festivals globally, and screened in museum spaces, including the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Shannon is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is a 2020-2021 Guggenheim Fellow.

Lyana Patrick

Lyana Patrick is a director, writer and researcher based in Vancouver, BC. She is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. Her student short film Travels Across the Medicine Line screened at the American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco) and the Native Voices Film Festival (Seattle). Two short films, A Place to Belong and The Train Station screened at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. Lyana is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences where her work focuses on the intersection of Indigenous health, planning and justice.

Leigh Joseph/Styawat

Leigh Joseph (ancestral name Styawat), is an ethnobotanist and entrepreneur from the Squamish First Nation. She is the co-director and subject of the documentary Walking with Plants, premiering at Hot Docs, which tells the story of the role of plant relatives in her life and healing journey.
Leigh contributes to cultural knowledge renewal in connection to traditional plant foods and medicines. As founder of Sḵwálwen Botanicals, she brings together Indigenous science and self-care rituals, creating skincare experiences grounded in the natural world. She is an awardee of the BC Achievement 2020 Indigenous Business of the Year.

 

Carmen Pollard

Carmen Pollard is a Canadian filmmaker and editor focused on stories that centre underrepresented voices and perspectives within the arts, social and climate justice. She’s drawn to sensorial storytelling and finding new aesthetic ways of exploring the boundaries between truth and fiction. Her award-winning work has been broadcast throughout North America, has screened theatrically, on Netflix, and at festivals worldwide.

Carmen directed the feature-length documentary FOR DEAR LIFE which artfully reveals the humbling complexity and unpredictability of Grief. Her film screened internationally, was an audience favourite at DOXA 2017, was nominated for the Colin Low award for Best Canadian director, and Best Social/ Political film at Yorkton. As an editor and creative director for post-production, Carmen’s work on NINTH FLOOR was recognized as a 2016 TIFF Top Ten and received a Leo nomination for Best Picture Editing. Carmen was up for an Emmy for Best Visual Effects on the Showtime Comedy series DEAD LIKE ME, a Gemini for Best Picture Editing on the NFB feature CITIZEN SAM, and she won a Leo for Best Picture Editing on the essay feature DIRT. Her work as a story consultant and editor on BECAUSE WE ARE GIRLS premiered at Hot Docs and opened DOXA 2019.  Carmen wrote, directed and produced the 2020 Knowledge Network 10-part short film series DANCEHALLS, DEEJAYS & DISTORTION which has recently been nominated for best series at Yorkton.

Her short history doc MILITANT MOTHER features celebrated changemaker Carolyn Jerome, and is premiering at Hot Docs 2021

Teresa Alfeld

Teresa Alfeld is an award-winning documentary and dramatic writer / director  from Vancouver and the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Credits include the feature documentary THE RANKIN FILE: LEGACY OF A RADICAL (produced by Opus 59 Films, opening night film at DOXA 2018/broadcast premiere on Knowledge Network 2019), the short documentary JEAN SWANSON: WE NEED A NEW MAP (premiering 2021, produced by Hot Docs Citizen Minutes) and short dramatic films BOSSBABE (premiering 2021), ROADKILL (2013), CHARLIE GAUVIN (2012), and BUNKY THE VAMPIRE KILLER (2010). Teresa begins production on her second feature documentary DOUG AND THE SLUGS AND ME for CBC Documentary Channel in 2021. She is currently developing a number of projects including a comedy television series (based on her short film CHARLIE GAUVIN), a short documentary about a cult Toronto band, and a POV feature documentary about life with Type 1 Diabetes.

 

About DOC Goes Digital:

DOC  BC | YT | NWT is a chapter of DOC National. This year we are launching a Canada Council funded program “DOC GOES DIGITAL” and are responsible for all English language programming associated with the program throughout Canada. The goal of “DOC Goes Digital” is to connect our broader filmmaking community at this challenging time, and to centre diverse filmmakers within all the programming. We are partnering with several festivals to offer opportunities for people to connect with each other, to augment the visibility of DOC, and to build relationships with partners within the industry.