General Information

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The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the largest professional non-profit association of independent filmmakers in Canada, with more than 850 members across the country. Formerly called the CIFC (Canadian Independent Film Caucus), DOC has been the champion of independent documentary film and television in Canada since 1983.

The CIFC/DOC’s first lobbying effort was directed at what was then the Canadian Broadcast Program Development Fund (administered by the predecessor of Telefilm Canada). The rallying issue was the fund’s exclusion of documentaries in its mandate. With a membership of only fourteen filmmakers from 10 production companies at the time, CIFC/DOC succeeded in establishing a fund exclusively to support documentary filmmakers which continues to this day. DOC has been built on the efforts of many tireless volunteers, who have given their time and shared their passion to shape the vibrant documentary community we have today.


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  • Founding of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the premier documentary festival in North America

  • Founding of POV, the only Canadian journal covering documentaries and independent films made in Canada and abroad

  • DOC-Discussion listserv – an exclusive, active, online community (available to DOC members only). DOC-Discussion provides a national forum for sharing the latest news, helping to find crew, keeping up on events, and discussing the state of the industry.

  • Exclusive Production Insurance and E&O program (available to DOC members only). This program is designed for Canadian documentary producers, and provides steep discounts on a variety of insurance coverage options.

  • Continuing to raise the profile of independent documentary production in Ottawa through successful advocacy actions that include consulting with the Canada Media Fund, and advocating for independent documentary funding from private and public broadcasters.


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2017 DOC BC Board Report


2016 DOC BC Board Report


2015 DOC BC Board Report


2014 DOC BC Board Report


2013 DOC BC Board Report


2012 DOC BC Board Report


2011 DOC BC Board Report


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2020 Board of Directors

Cari GreenCo-Chair, Professional Development

Cari Green is a film producer and educator with over thirty years experience and a background in distribution and marketing. She has produced award-winning produ ctions such as The Corporation, When I Walk and Scared Sacred, which have premiered at Sundance, IDFA, and TIFF. She has been an advocate for the Canadian film industry, serving on many organizations, including DOC, WIFT, HOT DOCS and DOXA. She has an MFA in film production and has taught at UBC, ECUAD, VFS and Langara College. She received the Mayor’s Arts Award and an honorary lifetime membership in WIFT for her contributions to the film industry.


Baljit SangraCo-Chair, Professional Development, National Board

Baljit Sangra is president of Vivamantra films and has worked in many genres of filmmaking including documentary, narrative, and factual. As a documentary director she is passionate about telling cross cultural stories, whether it be the impact of sexual abuse on a family in the feature documentary BECAUSE WE ARE GIRLS, to understanding why South Asian youth have become vulnerable to gangs in WARRIOR BOYZ, to end of life and challenges for seniors living in Care in MANY RIVERS HOME, immigrant dreams and Hockey in HOCKEY UNITED, or reflecting on South Asian pioneer history with HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ME.  

Nicolas Ayerbe Barona – Professional Development, National Programming Committee, Communications Committee, COVID-19 Committee

Nicolas Ayerbe Barona from Colombia, has been working independently as a producer in Vancouver since finishing his studies in film at UBC and the CDM. He has produced several shorts like A-Yi (streaming now on CBC GEM), The Quieting for Crazy8s, commercials (like one with wrestler John Cena), and a feature film: Cadence, which won the Must See Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2016. He regularly volunteers as the Festival Co-Director of the Vancouver Short Film Festival; and works at the National Film Board. He is DOC BC’s Programming and COVID-19 board representative. 

Jessica Hallenbeck Professional Development, Governance Committee, National Board

Jessica Hallenbeck (Ph.D., MCIP) is the chair of the DOC BC Governance committee and sits on the Professional Development committee. She is also on the Executive of the DOC National Board. She is a co-owner and producer at Lantern Films, a documentary company founded on the belief that films should be driven by those who have lived the story. Her films have aired on Knowledge Network and have screened at Hot Docs, VIFF, and DOXA. She is currently a SSHRC postdoctoral scholar at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Art and Technology.



D’Arcy Hamilton – Professional Development Committee

D’Arcy Hamilton is a Director of Photography as well as a passionate storyteller. Priding himself in not only making the best shots possible, he thrives on telling engaging stories of real people. With experience traveling to over 28 countries, D’Arcy has built a reputation to be a very well rounded filmmaker. With experience in stop motion time lapses, aerial drone footage or steadicam, D’Arcy is always striving to push the limits of technology, to tell fascinating, engaging and heartfelt stories.

Over the years, he has worked with many community-based foundations/groups such as First United Church, Hello Cool World, Love Intersections and Spinal Cord Injury BC.


Ron HeapsTreasurer, HR Committee, Governance Committee

Ron is a graduate of the Film Production program at Vancouver Film School. He is an independent Director of Photography and has worked on both documentary and narrative shorts and feature films that have appeared in numerous film festivals. Ron previously worked in the telecommunications industry and has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.



Bryan Sullivan – Sponsorship committee, Professional Development Committee

Bryan Sullivan is a producer, filmmaker and media professional with 22 years experience. He specializes in developing, producing and delivering global content one-offs and series for broadcast, and premium interactive content for the public and private sectors. His recent broadcast credits include ‘America’s Wild Border: Northern Exposure’ (LOVE NATURE / SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL), ‘Takaya: Lone Wolf’ (BBC/CBC/ARTE), ‘America’s Wild Seasons: Spring; Summer; Autumn; and Winter’ (LOVE NATURE / SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL), and ‘The Secret Life of Owls’ (CBC).

Marina Dodis – Membership Committee

Marina Dodis is a filmmaker with an extensive background in still photography.  She specialize in portraiture, architecture, travel and documentary. A graduate of the Documentary Film program at Capilano University in 2012, her film “Going Strong” featured at local film festivals and Knowledge Network. For most films, she has been the director, editor and DoP.

Marina’s films focus on the environment, culture and social justice. Clients include Vancouver Foundation,  Bard Graduate Center (NYC), Pacific Salmon Foundation and Museum of Anthropology. Her most recent film showed at the Norwegian Short FF and DOXA FF.


Jason Blackman – B.C. Representative of DOC Advocacy Committee

Throughout my career I have been working to advocate for progressive change in communities. I hold a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of British Columbia. I have worked in the public and private sector in planning, government, and politics including a term as an elected city councillor. 

Having also had the opportunity to assist with the production of documentary films I’ve come to understand how film can be a powerful storytelling tool that inspires change and connects people. I look forward to working to support DOC members and advocate for more opportunities to grow the local documentary film community and industry.

Devon Cooke [The Documentary Sound Guy]

The Documentary Sound Guy is self-explanatory: Devon does sound for documentaries. And lots more! He is currently making “The Hands that Feed Us” — the story of how COVID-19 is affecting farmers. During the pandemic, he has embedded himself on five farms across Canada to see how they cope. He has been involved with DOC since 2016.


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