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.

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.

Webinar: Postproduction Remotely: Sound, Editing, and Colour

 

This panel brings together emerging and experienced editors, colourists, sound designers, sound mixers, and post production supervisors to share about their craft and offer insight into their post-production workflows, including how they have adapted to working virtually.  
 
Emerging and established filmmakers will have a chance to learn about these workflows, and how to virtually collaborate through post-production. 
 
This event is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
 
**Closed Captioning will be available for accessibility**
 
🔹WHEN?
March 31, 2021
5pm PST | 6pm MST
 
🔸WHAT?
Moderated Panel + Q&A
 
🔹WHERE?

MEET OUR MODERATOR

Amos Scott

Amos Scott is a Tlicho filmmaker and producer. He is the producer and director of the doc series, Dene A Journey and the producer of the award-winning feature film ‘The Sun At Midnight.’ Amos also owns and operates the small video company, Adze Studios Inc. where has produced documentaries, short films and worked throughout the Northwest Territories. He is also a co-founder of Dene Nahjo which strives for Land, Language and Culture. Forever.

MEET OUR PANELISTS

Tia Taurere-Clearsky

“Tia Taurere-Clearsky of Whaea Productions is Indigenous from the Ngā Puhi/Te Aupoūri Nations of Aotearoa – New Zealand. She lives on the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsliel Waututh people’s territory on Turtle Island and was born in the Kulin Nation of Melbourne, Australia.

Tia has contributed as an Editor and a Camera operator for numerous productions including broadcast TV programming, short and feature films. She has been nominated twice for a Leo Award in the category of Best Editor For a Children’s Series.

Tia is currently working as an editor with Spotted Fawn Productions on Spirit Bear 2, a stop motion short with the award winning media artist Amanda Strong. She is also editing a feature anthology for Māori Director Hione Henare, and a Native American dance documentary.”

Eva Madden

Eva Madden is a filmmaker and sound designer, with experience in drama, documentary, animation and experimental film. Her credits include content produced by Netflix, Disney, CBC, The National Film Board and a diverse selection of independent features and short films. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s Film Production program.

Jas Calcitas

Jas calcitas is a trans nonbinary Filipinx-Canadian artist living on stolen xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, & səlilwətaɬ land. They are focused on colour grading, illustration, and graphic design. Jas has finished film school in 2019 and has been working in the industry since 2020. In this time, they have become a freelance colorist for narrative films, the Managing Visual Editor of Sunstroke Magazine, a graphic designer for Luna Collective Magazine and Collective 4891, and a Digital Content Creator for It Gets Better Canada.”

Julia Niendorf

Julia has worked in the world of post production for over 15 years. From her firsts gigs sorting through hours of reality TV and learning media management, she has never lost her passion and curiosity for an industry that constantly changes. With experience in almost all post areas, she joined FINALÉ in 2013, and was able to bring her technical knowledge and management skills to ultimately take on the role as Director of Post. She’s contributed to many features, MOWs, and TV series (such as Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms”). She also uses her spare time to share her knowledge in the BC film and TV Industry, like post producing the Crazy 8s Film Festival, and guiding post production for the MPPIA Short Film Award winner.

Oscar Vargas

Oscar Vargas is a Venezuelan sound designer, supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer established in Vancouver, Canada. His career in audio started back in 2006 in Venezuela where he started his own recording studio. In 2011 he moved to Vancouver to study in Vancouver Film School and has been working in the Film and TV industry ever since. His participation in sound post production ranges from films, commercials, documentaries to TV series. He’s know for his work in films such as: “Never Steady Never Still”, “Hello Destroyer”, “Wizard Mode”, and “Juggernaut”. Some of his most notable collaborations in TV series are “The Wrestlers” and “Post Radical”. His work has been screened in festivals such as TIFF, VIFF, SXSW, Tribeca, and Cannes.

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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.

Webinar: Virtual Pitching and Development: Tips from Broadcasters, Funders and Filmmakers

Join us for a moderated panel discussion with broadcasters, funders and filmmakers, who have successfully pitched their projects in the virtual space.

Find out what broadcasters and funders are looking for and how to present your pitches to stand out virtually. Learn about the do’s and don’ts of pitching virtually from our industry professionals, who will explain what works and which protocols are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Hear from successful filmmakers about the changes they have made in their pitch presentations.

This is the perfect webinar for everyone who needs to brush up on their virtual pitching skills.

WHEN?

March 18, 2021
5pm – 6.30pm PST

WHERE?

Via Zoom.

Register HERE.

WHAT?

Moderated panel discussion + Q&A/Mixer

**Closed Captioning will be available for accessibility**

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***Stay tuned for the panelist announcement this week***

This event is funded by the Canada Council.

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.

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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 seasons of an A&E series VIVA! for City TV/ Omni.

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MEET OUR PANELISTS

Broadcasters/Funders

Adriana Chartrand – imagineNATIVE

Adriana Chartrand is Michif  from St. Laurent, MB. as well as Irish/Scottish/French. She is the Institute Manager at imagineNATIVE where she oversees year-round professional development programs for Indigenous screen creatives and the annual Industry Days during the Festival. She has two degrees in Film Studies, including an MA from the University of Toronto, and a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. She speaks English and French and is passionate about cultivating leadership in future Indigenous generations. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB.

Janine Steele – Creative BC

Janine Steele is an experienced producer, production manager and arts administrator working at the confluence of linear filmmaking and digital media. Currently she is a Project Manager at Creative BC, overseeing the design and implementation of the Domestic Motion Picture Fund, a new $2 million commitment from the government of BC to support the work of BC based content creators. 

Previously, Janine held multiple roles at the National Film Board of Canada. This included Director of Digital where she managed the team behind their online platforms, NFB.ca and the NFB FIlms App, spearheading a number of products to modernize their platforms.  She was also Production and Operations Manager for the Vancouver based NFB English Digital Studio, where she produced or project managed pioneering award winning interactive work, like Far Away From Far Away, Yesterday Today Tomorrow, Seven Digital Deadly Sins, Bear 71 and Welcome to Pine Point. Janine’s projects have received dozens of awards including a Cannes Cyber Lion, FWA Site of the Year and several Webby Awards.

Prior to the NFB, and under the former BC Film shingle, she was responsible for the design and release of the first interactive media funds at the provincial funding level, as well as the industry renowned Slate Development Fund and Passport to Markets programs. Photo Cred: (Wendy D Photography.)

Lesley Birchard – CBC Short Docs

Lesley Birchard fuses success in television and digital production with a passion for mentoring and inspiring the next generation of documentary filmmakers. As Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Docs at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Lesley oversees the award-winning CBC Short Docs – point of view documentaries available on streaming service CBC Gem in Canada and internationally on CBC Docs Youtube Channel. Her commissions include Academy Awards-shortlisted Frame 394, Canadian Screen Award-winner Take Me to Prom, TIFF award-winner Sing Me a Lullaby, Sundance award-winner Fast Horse and viral Youtube success Finding Fukue

Lesley also oversees high-impact television documentaries and specials including Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind and Gord Downie’s The Secret Path in Concert, the annual The Indspire Awards for Indigenous achievement, and she was at the helm of the first four seasons of CBC‘s award-winning comedy tv series Still Standing

Filmmakers

Asia Youngman

Asia Youngman (Cree/Métis/Haudenosaunee) is an award-winning director and screenwriter from Vancouver, Canada. Her latest documentary THIS INK RUNS DEEP premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and is currently streaming on CBC Gem. In 2020 she wrote and directed the short dramedy HATHA, which received support from the Harold Greenberg Fund/Creative BC. That same year, Asia directed an episode of ODD SQUAD: MOBILE UNIT for PBS/TVO and was named one of Playback’s “10 to Watch” in Canada. Most recently, she was awarded the 2021 DGC BC Emerging Greenlight for her upcoming short drama/thriller N’XAXAITK and is currently in pre-production on her feature-length documentary GAME 7. Asia is an alumna from the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, the TIFF Talent Accelerator, and the Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women.

Kat Jayme

Kathleen Jayme is an award-winning Filipina-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC who is passionate about telling meaningful and personal stories. Her breakthrough documentary “Finding Big Country” has screened to sold out theatres and been met with critical acclaim. It was the winner of the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival’s (VIFF) prestigious People’s Choice Award and the #MustSeeBC award as voted by the VIFF audience. In addition, “Finding Big Country” won Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, and won two Golden Sheaf Awards for Best Documentary POV and Best Multicultural film, among other festivals and awards. Since its initial worldwide release by TELUS, “Finding Big Country” has been programmed internationally by ESPN, ABC, and Amazon, and in Canada by Sportsnet, NBA TV, and Air Canada.

Kathleen is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Film Production Program and also worked at the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated and oversaw over thirty documentaries, animations, and digital projects through all stages of production. She is the winner of the 2019 TIFF Pitch This! competition as well as the 2017 Storyhive 100K grant edition, and a fellow of the 2019 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative, the 2017 Hot Docs Documentary Channel Doc Accelerator program, and the 2017 Telus Storyhive Banff World Media Festival program. She is currently working on her first feature length film, “The Grizzly Truth,” with Crave and Uninterrupted. She is also in pre-production on a documentary she is co-directing with Asia Youngman about the Game 7 Vancouver hockey riots. 

Leena Minifie

Leena Minifie is a Gitxaala (Tsimshian) and British digital strategist, impact and media producer based in the unceded Coast Salish Territories of Vancouver. The owner and founder of Stories First Productions, Minifie also studied Indigenous Studies and Interactive New Media at The Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. Minifie’s experience includes media projects such as television series, feature-length documentaries, webinars, radio broadcast, culture retention projects, and news site content. She has worked as a journalist for agencies such as CBC Radio One, CTV, Native American Calling (US), and APTN National News, and was also a co-founder of Ricochet Media. She has lengthy experience in film and television, but her primary focus is online digital campaigns and strategy for social good.

In 2019, Minifie returned to Vancouver to work with Screen Siren Pictures for the film campaign of ‘Indian Horse’, implementing strategies for theatrical release in Canada and the USA. Through her work and on a limited budget, she brought the film to rural North American audiences, where it successfully broke the $2 million mark in box office sales.

Minifie is currently a fellow with the BANFF spark Accelerator for Women in the business of media program, and the inaugural Bell Reelworld Producer’s Program. Notably, she was the only First Nations woman to participate in the Aspen Institute and the U.S. Embassy’s Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program in Washington, DC.

ALFFi x DOC BC | YT | NWT Masterclass: Writing and Directing for Documentary with Jennifer Abbott

We are proud to co-present a second event as part of the Available Light Film Festival 2021 Industry sessions:

🔸 ALFFi x DOC BC | YT | NWT Masterclass: Writing and Directing for Documentary with Jennifer Abbott

Join The Magnitude of All Things Director Jennifer Abbott in this special Masterclass on Writing and Directing for Documentary. Jennifer Abbott is a Sundance and Genie award-winning filmmaker who has been making films about social, political, and environmental issues for 25 years. She is best known as one of the co-directors and editor of “The Corporation,” frequently described as the most successful documentary in Canadian history. The sequel The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (co-directed by Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott) has recently screened at TIFF. We are delighted to have both The New Corporation and Jennifer’s newest documentary film The Magnitude of All Things as part of our ALFF 2021 Festival lineup!

☑️ Where: Virtual

☑️ Cost: $15 YFS Production Members / $20 non-members / Free for ALFFi Pass Holders

☑️ Register: siku@yukonfilmsociety.com

Passes Available Here 

This event is sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada

 

 

Hot Docs and DOC BC | YT | NWT present: Doc Ignite Workshops – Feb 15 & Feb 22

Hot Docs and DOC BC | YT | NWT are pleased to offer two complimentary Doc Ignite workshops to BC, Yukon and Northwest Territories based filmmakers on February 15 & 22, 2021.
Pre-registration is required.
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.
Doc Ignite is supported by Netflix. These sessions are presented with the support of Creative BC.
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Strategies for Building a Sustainable Career
When?
February 15, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Pacific Time
Documentary filmmaking is a métier; a career that one should in fact sustain a livelihood from. Evolving industry changes have made that more difficult. Core skill building, diversifying talents and strategic planning are at the heart of this workshop. Participating filmmakers do skills assessments, identify areas of growth and self prescribe action plans to move their professional goals forward.
Note: registered participants will be sent work sheets for this session a few days before the event.
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Writing for Documentary Funds
When?
February 22, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Pacific Time
Using successful Hot Docs fund applications as examples, participants will learn what funders are really looking for when evaluating grant submissions and will glean crucial tips on how to make their projects stand out.
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REGISTER FOR EVENTS HERE

ALFFi x DOC BC | YT | NWT | Filmmaker Roundtable: Filmmaking from a Northern POV

Join us for this special conversation about filmmaking from a distinctly northern point of view. Moderated by Sarah Spring, Executive Director of DOC National with filmmakers Melaw Nakehk’o (NWT), Naomi Mark (YT), Krista Davis (YT), Carol Geddes (YT), and Pablo Saravanja (NWT),

Following our discussion we will invite our audience to participate in a Q+A.

Meet the panelists:

Melaw Nakehk’o is a Dene/Dënesųłiné artist, community leader, actor, and director based in Yellowknife, NT. Her exemplary work in reviving and teaching moosehide tanning has initiated a resurgence of the practice and helped shape a broader movement across Canada. Her short doc K’i Tah Amongst the Birch part of ALFF 2021’s Official Selection.

Carol Geddes is an Inland Tlingit director and writer, known for Picturing a People: George Johnston, Tlingit Photographer (1997), Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock (2007) and Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief (1986).

Krista Davis is a visual artist and filmmaker whose projects engage with the complexities of human and non-human coexistence in our age of ecological crisis. Her short doc The Salt River Water Walk is part of ALFF 2021’s Official Selection.

Naomi Mark is a Yukon-based Director / Producer who works in both fiction and documentary. Her work can be seen on both CBC and Knowledge Network.

Pablo Saravanja is a Director and co-founder of aRTLeSS Collective, Northwest Territories’ premiere production studio, and co-founder of the Dead North Film Festival.

WHEN?

Sunday, Feb 07, 2020
10am PST | 11am MST | 1pm EST

REGISTER HERE

DOC BC | YK | NWT – 2021 BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM

For the First Time DOC BC + YT + NWT Opens Call for Submissions to its First 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.

The Breakthrough Program was created with a mandate to provide more access and inclusion for individuals self-identifying as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, and/or LGBTQ+ and to increase participation for emerging film creators from underrepresented communities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their application.

**These sessions will be run online via Zoom or a similar platform for the 2021 edition**

Selected Filmmakers Will Get Exclusive Access

For two months leading up to Hot Docs, 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 plus an honorarium valued at 600.00 CAD (check https://www.docorg.ca/membership_benefits)

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

3. All-Access Pass to the 2021 Hot Docs Film Festival and Forum*, to attend industry sessions, network with key industry professionals, set up meetings to sell their projects, and connect and collaborate with peers.

*Or a festival, market, or forum in Canada of the participant’s choice, with approval and review of the facilitator.

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 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 one page, tell us briefly about the main project you are intending to workshop during this program. Please include sizzle, trailer, visual elements/references and/or websites you have.

4. In one page, if you have a second or third project 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 Apply Candidates Must Fulfill the Following

1. Person submitting the project must be a resident of BC, Yukon, or Northwest Territories.

2. 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.

3. Have a slate of projects in development (at least one, can be features, shorts, or series).

4. Be able to attend the following: the Breakthrough Program (March – April); the majority of the online edition of the Hot Docs Festival including the Forum (or one equivalent festival of choice to be discussed with the facilitator); and all training during the program.

Apply Now

Submission Deadline
Dec 23, 2020  | 11.59pm PST

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 deducted from the honorarium. If you are a current DOC member we reserve the right to verify your residence and membership status on the DOC membership list. Questions? Contact us by email at
docbc@docbc.org.**

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By submitting this entry, you guarantee that the submission is original work and that there are no ownership or copyright disputes regarding this entry. You are authorized to submit this project and affirm that your submission will not violate any law or right of any person or entity.

You indemnify and hold the Documentary Organization of Canada, its directors, producers, staff, volunteers, and affiliated entities harmless and will defend them against any damage to or loss of the film, any claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses, including attorney’s fees, arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties based on your work submitted to the Documentary Organization of Canada.

You understand that failure to comply with the Documentary Organization of Canada guidelines will disqualify your entry and result in forfeiture of the submission fee. Should your project not have at least one producer, writer, or director who is a BC, Northwest, or Yukon resident, your submission will be disqualified and you will NOT be refunded your entry fee. By submitting your film to the Documentary Organization of Canada, you agree that DOC has the right to use clips, images, and/or sound from your project for promotional purposes in all world, all media, in perpetuity.

Annual General Meeting & Holiday Party

DOC BC would like to invite you all to our Annual General Meeting and End of Year Party!
If you’re a friend of DOC BC, you’re invited to attend the AGM, which starts at 6:00pm sharp.
During our AGM we will review this year’s highlights, welcome our new board members, and open the floor to our membership! We look forward to another year of work and support of BC’s independent documentary community. Please come and share your ideas with us…
…and let’s virtually celebrate together with dance moves, breakout rooms, prizes, and more! The virtual party starts at 7:00pm and is open to the public.
Details
Tuesday, Dec 8th
AGM | 6pm – 7pm
Party | 7pm – 8pm