DOC BC & DOC Ignite present: Make Local Stories Global

“The paradox of arriving at a truly universal story is often found in its specificity.”

Stories can travel across boarders, cultures, languages and barriers, so why do they sometimes feel like they won’t leave our backyard? In this presentation and interactive activity, take away critical tools to lift your local story to international markets and make it accessible to global audiences.


  • February 4, 2020
  • Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm – 8.30pm | Networking 8.30pm – 9pm


  • InFocus Film School – 306 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2K9

** Snacks and drinks provided**

Presenter: Olena Decock

Olena Decock is an Industry Programmer at Hot Docs working with funded filmmakers and their projects. She also curates on-stage talks, master classes, and filmmaking workshops for Hot Docs’ five-day Industry Conference. In everything she does, her overarching goal is to help great docs get made. Olena has a background in festival programming, which includes two year as the Programming Associate to TIFF’s Middle East & Africa selections. In 2012, Olena earned an MA in Communication from the University of Ottawa, with a focus on immigrant identities in Canadian cinema. She is the co-producer of the short film DZIADZIO, which world premiered at TIFF18. When not watching movies, Olena obsessively daydream in all genres of music.

About Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite

Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite labs are offered in communities across Canada each year. Offering direct market intelligence and skills training, each lab provides filmmakers with professional development curriculums on such topics as audience engagement, marketing and distribution to help successfully launch their films in the marketplace.

With a focus on reaching underserved regions and communities within Canada, 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 offers direct market intelligence and skills training to Canadian filmmakers. Doc Ignite is generously supported by Netflix.

*** Please note that due to the lack of an elevator in the building, this event is not wheelchair accessible***

DOC BC’s Annual General Meeting & Holiday Party

DOC BC would like to invite you all to our Annual General Meeting and End of Year Party!

We will review this year’s highlights and welcome our new members, while enjoying drinks and snacks.

If you are a DOC BC member, you’re invited to attend the AGM, which starts at 7:00pm sharp – we would love to hear our members’ feedback and answer questions during the AGM.

The party starts at 8:00pm and is open to the public. 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 celebrate together!



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Shebeen Whisk(e)y House (behind the Irish Heather), 210 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2

AGM starts at 7:00pm | Party starts at 8:00pm

Drinks, snacks AND door prizes!!



We would like to thank our 2019 Community Partners & Sponsors for their continued support:

Telus Storyhive, Creative BC, CMPA BC, Knowledge Network, Front Row Insurance, Line 21 Media Services, and The Documentary Sound Guy.

We would also like to thank our sponsors who generously supplied us with door prizes for our event.

A big thank you goes out to Shebeen Whisk(e)y House, who have been hosting our AGM for many, many years.

See you all soon!

Canada Media Fund Documentary Info Session presented by DOC BC & CMPA BC


An information session about the Canada Media Fund’s programs, guidelines and application process will be held in Vancouver co-hosted by CMPA-BC and DOC-BC. This is an opportunity to meet with Caroline Chopra, Deputy Director at Telefilm Canada responsible for English-language documentaries supported by the CMF, to review CMF funding results from past years, and to learn about the CMF’s various funding programs. Telefilm Canada’s Lauren Davis will also be in attendance in advance of Telefilm’s Theatrical Documentary Program’s closing date of December 9th , 2019.



Wednesday November 27

DOORS 6.30PM | EVENT 7:00-9:00PM


Vancouver Film School Web Café

390 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


Michelle Mason


Caroline Chopra | Deputy Director – Portfolio Management, CMF Program Administrator │ Telefilm Canada

Caroline Chopra has been with Telefilm Canada in Toronto since 2006, working with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) Program Administrator team. Over the last 13 years, she has held various positions within this team, and is currently Deputy Director – Portfolio Management responsible for English-language documentary programming. Prior to joining Telefilm Canada, Caroline worked at the Canadian Television Fund (now CMF), the Historica Foundation, the NFB and French-language broadcaster TFO.

Lauren Davis | Regional Feature Film Executive for the Western Region | Telefilm Canada

As Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive for the Western Region, Lauren Davis is responsible for supporting emerging talent through production and post-production investments in lower-budget feature films. Lauren joined Telefilm in 1998 after having worked as an independent producer. Over the last 15 years, she has held a number of management positions within the television, feature film and business-process management teams. Lauren is based in Telefilm’s Vancouver office.

Understanding & Unpacking Documentary Impact Distribution + Impact Campaign In Canada

Masterclass with Ring Five Impact Producers, Jackie Garrow + Christine Kleckner 

Practically speaking, what are the steps involved in ensuring your documentary reaches and motivates audiences to make a real difference as a tool for social change? Join Ring Five Impact Producers Christine Kleckner and Jackie Garrow for a day of illustrative case studies, cautionary tales, and interactive learning exercises as they break down the impact campaign journey using a number of well-known Canadian examples. They will cover: Goal Setting and Strategy, Establishing Protocols for Community Work, Activities and Engagement Tactics, Outreach and Funding Partnerships, Budgeting and Building a Team, Measuring Impact. Walk out of this full day workshop with a creative and alternative view of film distribution and inspired to create a realistic impact road map and social change plan for your film. 


Sunday, October 27 9:30am– 4:00pm


Vancouver Film School Web Café | 390 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (map)


DOC Members/CMPA Members/Good Pitch Participants/STORYHIVE Alumni: $25 (proof of membership required)

Low income/Student: $25

Non-Members: $50



***Coffee, Snacks & Lunch will be provided***



Jackie Garrow brings over a decade of leadership experience working with arts non-profits with a specific interest in the intersection of documentary film and social change. She was Managing Director at the Documentary Organization of Canada in Toronto (DOC Insitute) from 2009 to 2014 and before that thefundraising lead for Skyworks Charitable Foundation. Since founding Ring Five in 2015 Jackie has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s finest documentary filmmakers on a range of important issues. She has developed and led impact initiatives for Lowdown Tracks, The Invisible Heart, The Shadow of Gold, 14 & Muslim, The Caregivers’ Club and is currently working on Hot Docs Audience Choice award winning film PREY.   Jackie has been invited to speak about impact producing at festivals and industry events and participated in Canada’s inaugural Good Pitch Lab. 



Christine Kleckner is a producer whose films have screened at TIFF, the Berlinale, Sundance, Telefilm’s Showcase at Cannes, and Hot Docs. Her first feature documentary, A Better Man (2017), was accompanied by a ground-breaking impact campaign that continues to generate discussion around the topic of intimate partner violence. She is currently working with director Lisa Jackson on strategies for outreach and engagement for her CBC film, Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, with a targeted focus on Gladue principals with in the legal system. She is also the lead impact producer for nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Opening night film, Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs 2019), working collaboratively with director Tasha Hubbard to develop and implement the accompanying campaign. 

She is an alumni of the National Screen Institute, Co-Chair of DOC Ontario, and is a Fledgling Fellow.


ABOUT RING FIVE: Ring Five is a boutique impact producing and grassroots distribution company. Our focus is on excellently-crafted social justice documentaries with stories of significance to all Canadians. We design and execute strategic impact campaigns that maximize your film’s potential to reach and motivate audiences and inspire lasting and meaningful social change. Inspired by similar boutique companies in the US and UK, Ring Five is proud to be one of the only outfits of its kind in Canada.

This event is

Co-presented by Story Money Impact and DOC BC
Sponsored by Telus Storyhive and CMPA BC

Community Partner VFS

In Discussion with Impact Producers

An Evening Panel Discussion with Impact Producers: Malinda Wink, Jackie Garrow, Katherine Dodds, Erin Sorenson & Sue Biely.

Documentaries can enrich the lives of individuals, transform communities and improve societies.  Impact Producing understands the power of documentary not only as a work of art but as a tool to spark change. An impact campaign can be a bridge for documentary filmmakers to connect with foundations, NGOs, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues.  This work has been vital to changemakers for decades, but is now emerging as a field with best practices, case studies and training.

Come and hear about the experiences of various Impact Producers and learn about new resources in this emerging field.  We’ll talk case studies, challenges, surprises, best practices and opportunities. This is a rare occasion to have these brains in the same room, so make sure to take this opportunity to mind meld with them!


Sunday, October 30 7pm– 8:30pm


Vancouver Film School Web Café | 390 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (map)


DOC Members/CMPA Members/Good Pitch Participants/STORYHIVE Alumni: FREE (proof of membership required)

Low income/Student: $10

Non-Members: $20




Panelist: Malinda Wink, AUS -Good Pitch Australia & Shark Island Institute – Impact Producer

Malinda is the current Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute. Since 2014 Good Pitch Australia has raised more than $14 million in philanthropic grants for the funding of 19 social impact documentaries and their impact campaigns, forging over 300 new collaborative cross-sectoral partnerships connecting the NGO and business sectors, education and policy leaders and the media in support of the impact campaigns aligned with each of their documentaries.

Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships most recently, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Commission (2010–2012) where she completed a double Masters in Public Policy & International Development (Democracy and Governance) with distinction.

Malinda is an Executive Producer of THE FINAL QUARTER (Dir. Ian Darling), 2040 (Dir. Damon Gameau) and LIFE AFTER THE OASIS (Dir. Sascha Ettinger Epstein). She has advised on business and strategic planning for a number of production and distribution companies including Madman, Hopscotch, Transmission, and Revolver. She is also the Executive Producer of the following projects in development — DEMOCRACY FOR SALE (Dir. Craig Reucassel) and BETWEEN US (Dir. Hollie Fifer and Ez Eldin Deng).

Malinda has served as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, served on the jury of FIFO, Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2016 Malinda was recognized as one of the Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

Malinda is Deputy Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a Board Member for Centre for Australian Progress and The Reichstein Foundation. In 2018, Malinda delivered a TEDx talk on how impact documentary story-telling can deliver better policy and strengthen democracy.

Panelist: Jackie Garrow – TO, CAD – Ring Five – Impact Producer

Jackie Garrow brings over a decade of leadership experience working with arts non-profits with a specific interest in the intersection of documentary film and social change. She was Managing Director at the Documentary Organization of Canada in Toronto (DOC Insitute) from 2009 to 2014 and before that the fundraising lead for Skyworks Charitable Foundation. Since founding Ring Five in 2015 Jackie has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s finest documentary filmmakers on a range of important issues. She has developed and led impact initiatives for Lowdown Tracks, The Invisible Heart, The Shadow of Gold, 14 & Muslim, The Caregivers’ Club and is currently working on Hot Docs Audience Choice award winning film PREY.   Jackie has been invited to speak about impact producing at festivals and industry events and participated in Canada’s inaugural Good Pitch Lab.


Panelist: Katherine Dodds – BC, CAD – Hello Cool World – Impact Producer

Founder of Hello Cool World, and known for her ongoing work on The Corporation film, educated in advertising at Adbusters magazine, master-mind of all aspects of The Corporation’s outreach both grassroots and mainstream in four countries from branding to digital media, Kat has been an activist always, and an impact producer before the term was in vogue. An expert in social branding and engaging audiences as well as brokering partnerships with non-profits, is known for highly effective and heartfelt transmedia campaigns in film, video, print and digital. In 2007 she received a “Woman of Vision” award from Women in Film for her work in interactive media. In 2016 she was featured for her work as an impact producer in Tracey Friesen’s book “Story, Money, Impact.” She is directing “Halo Tales” the digital media component of The New Corporation. She also did ENGO and grassroots outreach for the launch of Sharkwater: Extinction.


Panelist: Erin Sorenson – US – Third Stage Consulting – Impact Producer

Erin Sorenson brings 23 years of experience in applying strategic planning and critical thinking to advance mission centered organizations and activism to create long lasting social change.

Prior to launching Third Stage Consulting in 2011, Erin was the Chief Programs Officer for the BeCause Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the power of documentary filmmaking and its fusion with creative outreach and engagement projects. While there, she worked with filmmakers to develop relationships with nonprofit organizations. Using storytelling to enhance their missions she worked with filmmakers and change-makers to develop outreach strategy and long-term legacy project development.

Erin is also a frequent trainer and consultant for Doc Society, conducting trainings on impact production and consultation on new film campaigns. Erin wrote the 2016 Doc Society Impact Awards Reports analyzing the top 5 impact campaigns in 2015-2016. Additionally, Erin provides single consultations with filmmakers in areas related to impact, distribution, consultant selection, etc.

Erin graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she later taught and worked on research related to decision making for four years. Prior to working with documentary film projects, Erin founded three nonprofits dedicated to the abused children and families. She was a subject in the documentary “Alone No Love,” In 1995 she was awarded “Chicagoan of the Year” for her work with Chicago’s Mayor Daley in developing the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, one of the nations largest programs for abused children.

When not working on or watching documentaries, Erin is likely to be singing out of tune and playing guitar, baking or working on a new mosaic.


Moderator: Sue Biely – BC, CAD – Story Money Impact – Impact Producer


Sue Biely is a trailblazer in Canadian independent media, designing and facilitating innovative initiatives to enable the sector to adapt to and utilize ever changing forces. With a history in content, policy, business models, conference design, workshop delivery, partnerships and campaigns — Sue continually works to bring a diversity of voices and mediums to story telling for the common good.

Sue has had the fortune to collaborate with many partners and clients which include: Telefilm Canada, REEL Canada, Canadian Media Producers Association, Creative BC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board of Canada, City of Vancouver, BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, Canada Council, and many provincial agencies in the media-sphere.




This event is

Co-presented by Story Money Impact and DOC BC
Sponsored by Telus Storyhive and CMPA BC
Community Partner VFS

Meet Knowledge Mixer

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
6pm-10pm | The Charles Bar, Gastown

Join Rudy Buttignol, President & CEO of Knowledge Network for an informal meet and greet to discuss future opportunities with British Columbia’s public broadcaster. On the eve of Knowledge’s search for a new Director of Programming, who will be responsible for commissioning, Rudy looks forward to sharing Knowledge’s priorities and to hearing your thoughts as well. Following the discussion, stick around for a drink and meet the rest of Knowledge’s programming team.

**Drink Ticket + Appetizers Provided**

***Please RSVP via Eventbrite***




How do you capture the magic moments for a compelling documentary, video journal or live vlog – without a big budget and crew?

The Documentary Organization of Canada, BC Chapter, and supported by Telus Storyhive, brings a hands-on filmmaking workshop about the mechanics of independent vérité storytelling – from camera and audio techniques to creating the conditions for successful, candid interviews and cinematic imagery.

Cree filmmaker Jules Koostachin will share her expertise and knowledge regarding ethical practice and respect of protocol when working with indigenous stories. Director and cinematographer Damien Gillis will instruct on best camera and sound practices, based on his years of experience producing films, including the award-winning documentary, ‘Fractured Land’.

Followed by a discussion on attracting the resources, skilled team members and excitement required to achieve your project’s full potential and wow audiences.

This is a free event. RSVP is mandatory.

***Light morning refreshments and lunch provided. Networking mixer following the event.***

SATURDAY, September 7 – Kelowna

Location: Rotary Centre For The Arts

421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC (map)

DOORS 9:30am | WORKSHOP 10am- 5pm | MIXER 5:00pm – 6:00pm


SUNDAY, September 8 – Penticton

Location: Shatford Center

760 Main St, Penticton, BC (map)

DOORS 9:30am | WORKSHOP 10am- 5pm | MIXER 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Jules Arita Koostachin

Cree from the ancestral lands of the Moshkeko, and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Jules was born in Moose Factory where she was raised by her Cree grandparents. In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded an Award of Distinction and an Academic Gold Medal for her thesis documentary Remembering Inninimowin. She is a PhD candidate with GRSJ at UBC with a focus on Indigenous documentary. Her educational and arts practice endeavours address Indigenous issues. Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of productions, and her youth series AskiBOYZ is currently airing on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Jules’ second CBC documentary OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day was released in 2019. Jules has been working with Indigenous community for many years supporting Indigenous women and children who face barriers. She hopes to continue shedding light on socio-political issues that urban and rural Indigenous peoples face.

Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a BC-based documentary filmmaker and journalist. He co-directed and produced the feature doc Fractured Land, which was a top-ten audience choice at Hotdocs film festival in Toronto and won Best BC Film and the VIFF Impact Canadian Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2015). He has directed and produced a number of short docs which have screened at film festivals around the world and has recently completed his first narrative short film, Gunanoot, which will be unveiled this fall. As a journalist, he was the co-founder and publisher of the online journal The Common Sense Canadian and his writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Desmog Canada (Now the Narwhal), and The Tyee.

The Documentary Ecosystem with Velcrow Ripper & Nova Ami

In this time of climate emergency, the role of documentary is more important than ever. How can we use the power of cinema to create change?  How do we add to the conversation in the films we choose to make, and create a lasting impact?   How do we create an ecosystem around our films that extends and amplifies their reach and depth?  

Join award-winning filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper, co-­directors of the feature documentary Metamorphosis, for a masterclass that explores the ecosystem of documentary filmmaking, from creation to impact producing and distribution. They will use Metamorphosis, and their earlier collaboration, Occupy Love, as case studies, along with their long history as doc­-makers. They’ll also talk about their earlier work, their approach to collaboration, and their upcoming projects, which always begin with the question: How can we take it to the next level? There will be plenty of time throughout for questions from participants.

There will be a screening of Metamorphosis alongside a reception and a meet and greet the night before the masterclasses.

Screening of Metamorphosis with Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami


  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 8pm – 10pm | Doors 7.30pm


  • The Post at 750, 750 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC | Map


  • Movie screening with introduction and Q&A
  • Reception/Meet and greet with the filmmakers

**Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be provided at the reception


Masterclass with Velcrow Ripper & Nova Ami


  • Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 1.30pm-5pm | Doors 1pm


  • Soundhouse Studios, 33 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC | Map


  • Masterclass with Q&A

**Food and non-alcoholic beverages provided


Screening + Materclass:

  • $30 for non-members
  • FREE for members

Masterclass only:

  • $25 for non-members
  • Free for members

Screening & Meet & Greet only:

  • $10 for non-members
  • Free for member for screening

CLICK HERE to get tickets and to RSVP

****A special ‘Thank You’ goes to our partners CREATIVE BC & CMPA!****

** We would also like to thank McMedia**


Nova Ami

Nova Ami creates socially relevant, thought-provoking films that inspire, educate, and empower. Her film work has screened at international festivals including Hot Docs and IDFA, and has been broadcast on BBC, CBC, CTV, Super Channel, TVO, Knowledge, Vision TV, and SBS Australia. Prior to co-directing Metamorphosis with Velcrow Ripper, she directed the documentaries Say I Do (CTV, Vision TV), Secrets (CBC’s The Passionate Eye), and Peacing it Together (Red Storm Productions), and was a producer on Occupy Love (Super Channel, Free Speech TV) and Army of One (BBC, CBC, SBS Australia). She was host, director, and writer on the technology and innovation television series The Leading Edge (Knowledge Network), and was host and segment producer of GVTV , a series about urban issues in Vancouver. She has a master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School.

Velcrow Ripper

Velcrow Ripper creates powerful, cinematic feature documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. His epic “Fierce Light Trilogy” began with Scared Sacred , a journey to the ground zeroes of the world in search of hope, winner of many awards, including the 2005 Genie Award for best feature documentary. The trilogy continued with 2008’s award-winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action and concluded with Occupy Love (2013), about the power of fierce love to create global change. His first feature length documentary, Bones of the Forest (1995, co-directed with Heather Frise) was about elders and the ancient temperate rainforest of BC. It won nine awards, including Best of the Festival at Hot Docs and the 1996 Genie for best feature doc. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards) and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs, Leo Awards). Metamorphosis is his sixth feature film.


A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s film Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Metamorphosis captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world.

CLICK HERE to get tickets and to RSVP

DOC BC Presents: DOXA Industry Day Mixer

DOC BC is proudly hosting this year’s DOXA Industry Day Reception!

Come on out, mingle and relax with your fellow filmmakers, colleagues, new friends, and celebrate the great work of our BC documentary community!

***This time around we’re going to have a draw to win a FREE DOC BC membership. (Up to $254 in value!)***

When? May 5th, 5pm to 7pm
Where? The Shebeen, 210 Carrall St, Vancouver

This is a free event. RSVP here.

** Drink tickets provided to DOC BC members and DOXA Industry Day pass holders
** Free appetizers provided

Vancouver’s Hot Docs Pre-Festival Mixer 2019

This event is for our BC filmmakers and Producers to connect before they head out to Hot Docs in Toronto.
Not going to Hot Docs? Come enjoy some appies and drinks while catching up and supporting your colleagues.

Doors Open at 6:30
Event begins at 7pm
Event ends at 10pm

Click here to RSVP and secure your ticket.

**Appetizers will be provided

**DOC BC members and CMPA members will receive a complimentary drink ticket at the door.

This year our mixer will feature, but is not limited to:

  • A brief introduction by Telus STORYHIVE showcasing their documentary fund
  • A formal farewell & thank you to David Vaisbord, our previous DocBC chair.
  • A sendoff to Julia Ivanova who will be screening her films in Hot Doc’s Focus On Retrospective
  • A shout-out to our members who are heading to Hot Docs this year. (Which includes all of the women on our board. Wow!)


This event is sponsored by Creative BC and CMPA.

A special thank you goes out to Telus STORYHIVE and McMedia.