“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends | This Saturday’s Topic:  Animation in Documentary

This Saturday May 23rd – Join us for a brunch conversation about “Animation in Documentary”, featuring a moderated panel with a variety of animation talent. We will be speaking with Ann Marie Fleming (Window Horses), Jenn Strom (Amplify HER/Motion Comic) and Charlie Tyrell (My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, Broken Orchestra) who will share their perspectives on using animation in documentary. Also, get a preview of some of their work and join in on the Q&A. Moderated by D’Arcy Hamilton from the DOC BC board.

Saturday, May 23rd at 11am – 12.30pm

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.



11:00 – 11:10
Introduction of DOC BC, Virtual Brunch Format
Introduction of Panelists

11:10 – 12:00
Panelists have the floor:
Ann Marie Fleming
Jenn Storm
Charlie Tyrell




D’Arcy Hamilton (Moderator)

Priding himself in not only making the best shots possible, D’Arcy 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, steadicam, and After Effects animation, D’Arcy is always thriving to push the limits of technology, to tell fascinating, engaging and heartfelt stories.

D’Arcy has worked closely with Hello Cool World with many clients, such as First Nations Technology Council, VACPC, Arts Health BC, Towards the Heart (BCCDC), together with Agentic on “Room in Your Heart” a Foster Care campaign, and the First Nations Health Authority. He is part of their workshop team for “Drawing Wisdom”, (headed up by Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations) which includes mentoring workshops with First Nations communities using video story telling techniques to explore health related and cultural topics.

He has also worked directly with many community-based foundations/groups producing and directing short films to tell their stories. Some include First United Church, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

D’Arcy has also DOP’d several projects with Love Intersections for Telus Storyhive as well as a short about an Iranian-Canadian who fights for women’s rights through her music for CBC Arts.


Ann Marie Fleming (Panelist)

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian visual artist, writer, director, animator and cross-platform media maker who works in a variety of genres (animation, experimental, documentary and drama). Her work often deals with themes of family, history and memory.

Ann Marie’s graduating film from Emily Carr College of Art and Design,You Take Care Now (1989), was ranked among the Top 10 short films in Canada’s 150th Essential Cinema.  Blue Skies (2002) and New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes (1990) both won Best Canadian Short Film Awards at TIFF. Her filmography includes such acclaimed short films as I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010), Big Trees (2013), and the animated web-series My Place (2009) for Discovery USA’s Planetgreen.com. Ann Marie adapted her 2003 award-winning animated documentary The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam into a graphic novel, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2007 at San Diego’s Comic-Con International as well as being listed on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List for Tens.  The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam also won the Doug Wright Award for Best Canadian Comic.

Ann Marie’s 2016 animated feature Window Horses, about a young Canadian poet discovering her family history, received awards all over the world, including the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated feature, Best Animated Film at the Gijon International Film Festival in Barcelona, the Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea, the audience award at the AnimaSyros International Animation Festival in Greece, Best Canadian and Best B.C. Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Canadian Screenplay by the Vancouver Critic’s Award, Best Canadian Film by the Association of Canadian Online Critics, and the Humanitarian Award from the Riverrun Festival in North Carolina.

In 2018 Ann Marie created the portrait A Short Film about Tegan and Sara, for the Governor General Awards, highlighting their advocacy work in the LGBTQ community, and is currently working on Question Period, a short film that gives a window to the thoughts and voices of a group of recent Syrian refugee women as they negotiate their life in Canada

Jenn Storm (Panelist)

I’m a director, editor and animator and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been making films for 23 years.

Documentary is my favourite storytelling medium: it expands our understanding, fuels change, captures complexity, and provides endless possibilities to play with the art of film language.

Recent projects and collaborations include: Stuffed (editor, story editor) a feature-length documentary about taxidermy artists which premiered at SXSW 2019 in the doc competition, Amplify Her Motion Comic (animator) a multi-platform project exploring the life stories of female DJs, Journeys to Adäka (co-editor, story consultant) a feature-length documentary about the healing and reclaiming journeys of First Nations artists in the Yukon, which won the Audience Choice award for Best Canadian Documentary at The Available Light Film Festival 2018, and The Road Forward (editor, visual effects supervisor) a feature-length musical documentary about First Nations activism which won 6 awards at the 2018 Leo Awards, including Best Picture and Best Picture Editor in the Feature Documentary category.

I chose the path of artist very early in life, and as a director I often explore creativity, culture and point of view, using animation, experimental storytelling and sound design to evoke a character’s inner world. Examples include a short about Nick Bantock, which was part of the Gemini-nominated arts series 12 TakesCity Centre, which explores condo development through the eyes of poet Evelyn Lau, and Assembly, a hand-painted animation about feminist filmmaking which was given the 2012 Artistic Achievement Award by Women in Film Vancouver.

As an animator I’ve always been inspired by the artistic legacy of animators at the National Film Board of Canada, and love getting the opportunity to work with mixed media, stop motion and digital techniques. For 10 years I’ve also worked part-time as a promo producer/editor at Knowledge Network, BC’s arts and culture network, making trailers for documentaries and children’s television.

As a documentary editor, I enjoy crafting dramatic arcs and out of the material of real life. When working as a story editor, I love helping a filmmaker find pathways through their characters’ journeys – drawing out connections, themes and contrasts. Both these processes are often puzzles to untangle, diving into the heart of the content, sorting through what exists, what is most alive and what needs to be understood.

I first became involved in the film community in 1996 through the Gulf Islands Film and Television School on Galiano Island, and the ethos of DIY-powered, experimental and passion-driven media making that was the staple of that community still fuels me as an artist. I’m also trained as a somatic therapeutic counsellor, and am drawn to film as a tool for education and healing.

Film making is a privilege I try to use with awareness and responsibility. Collaborative relationships are really important me, and I am deeply grateful to get to work with the talented individuals you see credited on these project pages.

Charlie Tyrell (Panelist)

Charlie Tyrell is a Torontonian filmmaker and the New Year’s Baby of 1988. His work has screened internationally at such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Nashville Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Raindance, Brooklyn Film Festival and many more. His latest short doc, My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes premiered at Sundance 2018 and went on to win best Documentary Short at Cinema Eye Honors, the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at SXSW 2018, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2019 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2019.

Charlie’s work often combines live action footage with stop motion and 2D animation. He also likes skateboarding and swore he would never eat another hot dog until the Blue Jays win the World Series.



Cancelled: Saturday, May 9, 2020 – DOC BC Virtual Brunch on Cultural Protocols and Indigenous Sovereignty in New Media

Hello DOC community,

Unfortunately, the Zoom technology failed us today and many were not able to access the DOC BC BRUNCH.

We have re-started, re-initiated, copy-pasted every RSVP and it simply won’t budge. Our team has been doing the best to get it going but unfortunately, it is beyond our tech skills currently.

I apologize sincerely as this was going to be our most attended webinar. And we did everything the same way as it was done before. The moderators and panelists have chosen to begin the conversation and record it on Zoom as (for reasons beyond us) it only allowed panelists into the Zoom. We have done everything on our power today and in the last few weeks including upgrading to better versions of Zoom Webinar and training, but this is completely unexpected.

The recording will be made available to everyone, and we will have internal discussions about what happened, how to avoid it, and if this session can be organized once more in the future for the membership.

As you know we are doing this bi-weekly and with the work of volunteers.

We are deeply sorry and hope to be able to continue this series. We apologize to the membership as well as panelists who really badly wanted this to happen.

Thank you for your understanding,

Nicolas from DOC BC

“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends – This Saturday’s topic: Cultural Protocols and Indigenous Sovereignty in New Media


This Saturday May 9th – Join us for “Cultural Protocols and Indigenous Sovereignty in New Media”, a DOC BC virtual brunch conversation hosted and moderated by Rylan Friday (Co-Producer, Portraits From a Fire, Director This Bright Flash) and sponsored by UBC’s Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.

Panelists Kristy Assu (Supervising Producer, Telus Originals) Barbara Hager (Producer, Director- Aarrow Productions) Jules Koostachin (Director, AskiBOYZ, APisKweShiMon) Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Director, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Bihttoš , c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City) will share their thoughts in a moderated conversation.

Saturday, May 9th 11am – 12.15pm

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.



11:00 – 11:10
Introduction of DOC BC, Virtual Brunch Format
Introduction of Panelists

11:10 – 12:15
Panelists have the floor:
Kristy Assu
Barbara Hager
Jules Koostachin
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends This Saturday’s topic: DOC BC @ Hot Docs – A Filmmaker & Hot Docs Industry Panel

Join us for a hot docs edition brunch conversation between Elizabeth Radshaw (Industry Programs Director), Julian Carrington (Distribution Manager) and Hot Docs filmmakers Ying Wang (Director, The World is Bright), Caroline So Jung Lee (Director, At the Bottom of the Sea) and Jessica Hallenbeck (Producer – Nuxalk Radio – Directed by Banshee Hanuse). Get a sneak preview of these three films and join a moderated conversation with Hot Docs about online Industry events and the Doc Shop.

Saturday, April 25th 11am – 12.15pm

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.



11:00 – 11:10
Introduction of DOC BC, Virtual Brunch Format
Introduction of Panelists

11:10 – 11:40
Hot Docs Filmmakers have the floor:
Ying Wang
Caroline So Jung Lee
Jessica Hallenbeck

11:40 – 11:50
Hot Docs Panelists have the floor :
Elizabeth Radshaw
Julian Carrington

Open Q+A and Video Chat with Panelists

“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends

Join us, coffee in hand, for our weekly Saturday “virtual brunch”. DOC BC wants to bring the doc community together in a series of informal Zoom conversations. We envision this as a way to strengthen our community, to share resources, and identify advocacy priorities at this uncertain time. In the end, we are all
“In It Together”!

While our local industry has received a massive shock, and not all the efforts undertaken are currently addressing every filmmaker’s need, DOC BC wants to hear from our membership and continue its mission to provide professional development alongside being an advocate for BC documentary filmmakers.

For this week’s edition, we have invited past DOC filmmaker guests: current DOC BC Co-Chair, Baljit Sangra, and past board members: Joella Cabalu, Josephine Anderson and Rylan Friday; all who will chat about their experiences with festival cancellations & postponements, and their plans for the future.

April 4th at 11am

Click here to join meeting on Saturday 

20mins session with panelists + 25mins Q&A and open discussion


DOC BC is excited to announce that Sandra Kleinfeld, Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and documentary Channel will be taking one-on-one meetings with DOC BC members on March 2nd, 2020.
Sandra Kleinfeld

As Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and documentary Channel, Sandra is responsible for CBC Docs across three strands, two channels and one streaming service, GEM.

Her career as a broadcast executive encompasses three conventional, three analog and two digital specialty channels. Sandra was Director of Development for CBC’s Unscripted Content where she was responsible for finding new formats, overseeing development and production of formats, original factual entertainment series, and documentaries.  She helped establish a new programming presence in prime time, supervising the Canadian iterations of several international formats: the award-winning and long-running Dragons’ Den, The Week the Women Went, and Test the Nation,  development of the first English language version of Still Standing and Village on a Diet, the first North American iteration of Keeping The Nation Alive,  development and production of Hello Goodbye.

If you are interested in potentially meeting with Sandra, please:

1. Submit the following:

a. A maximum one-page pitch based on the specific pitch genre guidelines
b. A diversity statement
c. Name the strand / genre you are pitching to


If you are an emerging filmmaker interested in a more casual meeting with
Sandra and are familiar with the strands, please send a ONE PAGE  diversity
statement and film bio

2. Familiarize yourself with the CBC strands and titles:


The Nature of Things

CBC Short Docs 

Documentary Channel

Most CBC documentaries (and other CBC and foreign content) are available for screening in CBC’s free screening service GEM. You can also find CBC Docs on You Tube.

Submit your one-page pitch or film bio and make sure to include a diversity statement by

February 23rd , 2020
to: docbc@docbc.org

*Please note that anything that does not fulfill requirements listed in points 1. OR 2. will not be considered*

DOC BC will be reviewing all submissions and will be sending Sandra Kleinfeld a longlist of submissions. She will be selecting 20 pitches / bios. Each meeting will be approximately 15 minutes during the day of Monday March 2nd, and we are unable to accommodate requests for specific times.

These meetings are available to DOC members only.
If you wish to become a member or to renew your membership
to take part of this opportunity, please follow this link to the DOC national

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. www.ringfive.ca

This event is

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

Community Partner VFS