CIDA’s Mass Media Initiative discontinued

Outgoing At-Large Board Member Betsy Carson reported at the 2010 AGM that CIDA’s Mass Media Initiative has been discontinued. This excerpt from the CFTPA website explains what the MMI did:

The Development Information Program’s Mass Media Initiative (MMI) financially supports communications projects aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of international development and cooperation issues.

This initiative supports a diverse range of media platforms including documentaries/docu-series for television and/or web TV, podcasts/radio, and new media projects that are disseminated among Canadian audiences. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. All projects must meet the specified eligibility criteria in order to be considered for evaluation. Applicants are encouraged to visit the MMI website regularly as the eligibility criteria may evolve throughout the year. Successful project proposals bring together multiple partners, highlight Canadian contributions to the developing world, and reach the broadest Canadian audience possible through the innovative use of mass media vehicles. Submissions are evaluated by a committee comprised of media industry, communications and international development specialists, which recommend the projects that best reflect the initiative’s mandate.

According to an FAQ on the CIDA website, the money will now be distributed as part of the Global Citizens Program.

Julia Ivanova’s FAMILY PORTRAIT goes to Sundance

Congratulations to our very own board member Julia Ivanova: her latest, FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE, will have its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance festival in Park City, Utah.

In a small Ukrainian town, Olga Nenya raises 16 black orphans amidst a population of Slavic blue-eyed blondes. Their stories expose the harsh realities of growing up as a bi-racial child in Eastern Europe.

DOC TALK December: Master Class with John Zaritsky

DOC TALK: A series of relevant, engaging and informative workshops & discussions, presented monthly by DOC BC

It is impossible to explain, outline, or even list John Zaritsky’s impressive filmmaking achievements in this small text box. We would need a notebook.

Some of the highlights of his extensive and illustrious career include winning more than 30 awards for his documentary films. This includes the Academy Award for Best Documentary for Just Another Missing Kid, a Cable Ace Award for Rapists: Can They be Stopped, an American Bar Association Golden Gavel Award for My Husband is Going to Kill Me, and a
Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Award for Born in Africa. In addition to the above, John has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and 15 Gemini Awards, and has won the latter seven times. His most recent film, Leave Them Laughing, screened at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival where it won the most popular Canadian documentary.

DOC BC is honoured to present this unique opportunity to spend an evening with Mr. Zaritsky. This is a night not to be missed!

Mr. Zaritsky will engage in stories and illustrations about his remarkable work, share tips and techniques about how he conducts interviews and structures his films & talk about documentary filmmaking in the industry as it exists today.

Please join us on December 8th, 2010 at 6:30pm for this exceptional master class. Admission is free for DOC BC members. Non-members’ admission $15 at the door. UPDATE: If you purchase your 2011 DOC BC membership at the workshop, admission is free.

For more information about John Zaritsky visit