Breakthrough Program 2022!

The text, "BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM 2022 Applications Open now! Deadline: November 26, 2021 Sponsored by Creative BC."

DOC BC/ YT/ NWT opens call for submissions to its second 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.

These sessions will be run online via Zoom for the 2022 edition.

Selected filmmakers will get exclusive access:

For four months leading up to Hot Docs, bi-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, including free access to other DOC events. 
  2. The Breakthrough Alumni Network, a private group where alumni share opportunities & information.
  3. Digital pass to the 2022 Hot Docs Film Festival (attend industry sessions, network with key industry professionals, set up meetings to sell their projects, and connect and collaborate with peers.)

To apply candidates must:

  • Person submitting the project must be a resident of BC, Yukon, or Northwest Territories who has resided in the territories for a minimum of one year.
  • 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.
  • Have a slate of projects in development (at least one, can be features, shorts, or series).
  • Be able to attend the following: the Breakthrough Program (January – April); the majority of the online edition of the Hot Docs Festival ( including the virtual Forum) and all training during the program.

The following information is required to apply:

  • 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!


  • In no more than 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.


  • In no more than one page, tell us briefly about the main project you are intending to workshop during this program. If available, please include sizzle, trailer, visual elements/references and/or websites you have.


  • In no more than one page, if you have a second or third 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.

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 included in the program. Questions? Contact us by email at

To submit follow the link, register, and submit via Filmfreeway: 

The Hydra Headed Beast of Impact Producing with Katherine Dodds

DOC BC presents

The Hydra Headed Beast of Impact Producing with Katherine Dodds: Impact Producer for 65_RedRoses and The Corporation


Sunday November 25, 2018

1 P.M. – 5 P.M.

InFocus Film School

306 Abbott Street, Vancouver

* MIXER to follow

**Prerequisite for DOC BC’s IMPACT INTENSIVE in 2019

At this moment in time Impact producing in Canada and Impact producing in the US are quite different.  Filmmakers in the US have far more opportunities than Canadians in the development and funding of Impact producing strategies, but opportunities exist for Canadian producers who can meet market demand for their impact films in communities south of the border and who can establish cross-border impact partners for their campaigns. We’ll examine how these strategies are progressing documentary distribution and sustainability for filmmakers.

Event Description:

The Masterclass workshop will explore hybrid ways for filmmakers to find, engage and influence their audiences. In today’s digital universe, borders are fluid and ideas are the passports. From micro-targeting to the universal, this workshop will explore the principles behind impact distribution and the tactics to reach out and make your films relevant to the widest group possible. During this workshop, we’ll explore the Purpose, Outcome,  and Process to get your film to market, and the tools and tactics you need to get there. Regardless of the path, you choose traditional distribution or the Digital DIY path (or any hybrid model in between) you must first decide where you want to go. Why? And, who are your people? This is the most important question to ask and the most exciting to discover.

In January 2019, we will be having a one-on-one session with 6-8 pre-selected participants who attended this workshop. They will meet with Kat for 30-minute sessions to discuss their individual films and delve deeper into the impact opportunities present in them.

Katherine Dodds – Impact Producer

Kat is an impact producer most known for her ongoing work with The Corporation, including directing a new digital media platform called Halo Tales and driving the impact campaign for the upcoming sequel. Alumni of Adbusters, where she directed a Calvin Klein ad parody, founder of Hello Cool World, Co-founder of Drawing Wisdom, she is a media maker, artist, writer, and thinker. All her work is dedicated to social and environmental justice, Indigenous solidarity, health promotion, and harm reduction. Her vision is to establish a model for impact distribution.  She has a BA in Fine Arts from UVic, and an MA in Fine Arts & Cultural Studies from University of Leeds, UK, which she likes to describe as a mash-up of semiotics, cybernetics, and psychoanalysis. Most of all she wants the media to make a difference. A good one.


DOC BC members/Sponsors FREE (you must register to get a seat)

Non – Members: $40

Low Income / Students: $15

Early Bird Pricing*

Non – Members: $35

Low Income / Students: $10

*sale ends on Nov 15th, 2018

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DOC BC Fall Social at The Charles Bar

Socialize, connect and network with your fellow DOC BC members and friends at The Charles Bar on Wednesday November 7, 2018 from 8 pm to 11 pm!

The Executive Director of DOC National, Mat Dagonas, will join us on this special event. Come and get to know him and learn more about what DOC National has been working on.

Wednesday November 7, 2018
8 pm – 11 pm
The Charles Bar
136 W Cordova St, Vancouver BC

RSVP for free on Eventbrite.

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A Masterclass with PJ Raval: Who is Telling Whose Story?

This master class will survey PJ Raval’s award-winning feature documentary career. Learn how PJ’s personal upbringing and career as a cinematographer and music video director has informed PJ’s artistic sensibilities and visual approach. We will cover film industry challenges making LGBTQ+ work and discuss the question, “Who is telling whose story?”

Wed, 15 August 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

InFocus Film School
306 Abbott Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2K9

*This venue is not wheelchair accessible

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General: $10
Student/Low Income: $5

Note: Water is provided, but please bring your own water bottle to reduce waste.


Not a DOC member yet? Now’s a great time to join! In celebration of DOC35, we’re offering a 35% discount off DOC memberships! Enter discount code: DOC35 on check out at the DOC website

PJ Raval
PJ Raval is an award‐winning filmmaker and cinematographer whose work explores the overlooked subcultures and identities within the already marginalized LGBTQ+ community. Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100”, PJ’s film credits include TRINIDAD (Showtime, LOGO) and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, which follows the lives of three gay senior men, described by indieWIRE as “a crucial new addition to the LGBT doc canon.” BEFORE YOU KNOW IT screened theatrically and broadcast premiered as the season finale of AMERICA REFRAMED on PBS, and was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association Excellence in Documentary Award 2016. PJ recently completed CALL HER GANDA which follows the events surrounding Jennifer Laude, a trans woman who was discovered dead in a motel room in Olongapo City, Philippines with the prime suspect being a US Marine. CALL HER GANDA world premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and recently won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Documentary Audience Award at Toronto Inside Out and the Grand Jury Award Special Mention at Outfest. Also an accomplished cinematographer, PJ shot the Academy Award‐nominated Best Documentary TROUBLE THE WATER. PJ is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, 2016 Firelight Media Fellow, and a 2017 Robert Giard Fellow.





Storyhive in partnership with DOC BC presents: Documentary Filmmaking Workshop in Kamloops, Vernon & Penticton

DOC BC is partnering with Telus Storyhive to deliver an experiential hands-on documentary filmmaking workshop through the directing, producing and editing lenses. Participants will learn about the craft of documentary filmmaking and practice using equipment such as cameras, microphone and lenses.

This full-day workshop will be led by two well-established filmmakers, Kevin Eastwood and Arun Fryer, who have extensive experience instructing diverse audiences and solid body of work under their belts.


Kamloops: Friday August 17, 2018
10 am – 5 pm
Mastermind Studios, 954-F Laval Cres, Kamloops, BC  V2C 5P5
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Vernon: Saturday August 18, 2018
10 am – 5 pm
Okanagan College, Vernon Campus: 7000 College Way, Vernon, BC
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Penticton: Sunday August 19, 2018
10 am – 5 pm
Shatford Centre, Okanagan School of the Arts
760 Main Street, Penticton, BC   V2A 5E2
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  • DOC Members/STORYHIVE alumni: FREE
  • Non-members: 40
  • Students + Low income: $20

Early bird:

  • Non-members: $30
  • Students + Low income: $10

Tickets include snacks, refreshments and light lunch.





Not a DOC member yet? Now’s a great time to join! In celebration of DOC35, we’re offering a 35% discount off DOC memberships! Enter discount code: DOC35 on check out at the DOC website


Kevin Eastwood

Kevin Eastwood is an award-winning director and producer. Most recently he directed AFTER THE SIRENS, a documentary for CBC Television about the epidemic of PTSD among paramedics. Other credits as director include THE DEATH DEBATE, a behind-the-scenes look at the landmark Supreme Court of Canada case on physician assisted-dying, and EMERGENCY ROOM: LIFE + DEATH AT VGH, a documentary series that scored record-breaking ratings for Knowledge Network and won Leo Awards for Best Documentary Series and The People’s Choice Award for Favourite TV Series. His credits as a producer include the CBC drama series THE ROMEO SECTION; the movies PREGGOLAND, FIDO and THE DELICATE ART OF PARKING; and the documentary features VANCOUVER: NO FIXED ADDRESS, HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, OIL SANDS KARAOKE and ECO-PIRATE: THE STORY OF PAUL WATSON.




Arun Fryer
Arun Fryer is an award winning filmmaker and media producer from Vancouver, Canada. Arun has produced numerous films and videos, including the indie feature thriller ‘Cadence’, and directed the documentary short ‘Before She’s Gone’. He also received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Film & Media, served for two years on the Board of Directors for DOC BC, and recently completed a TEDxTalk based on his experience with ‘Before She’s Gone’.

In addition to teaching at Vancouver Film School and Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, Arun is currently developing a feature documentary titled ‘MUNAY: Dreaming the Jungle’ about a Shaman from Ecuadorian Amazon fighting to protect his land, and his latest production is the sci-fi drama ‘The Shipment’, premiering later this summer.





Telus Storyhive


Workshop Media


Mastermind Studios

Thompson-Nicola Film Commission


Shatford Centre, Okanagan School of the Arts 

The Trials of Muhammad Ali with filmmaker Bill Siegel

On April 7th, Vancity Theatre in partnership with DOC BC are proud to announce the screening of THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI and Q&A with Academy Award-nominee director Bill Siegel.

Heroes don’t come more gold-plated than Muhammad Ali. But if you’re too young to remember the 1960s then you may be shocked to discover how controversial the heavyweight champion was in his heyday. Indeed, he was a constant thorn in the side of the establishment, and a hate figure for much of the mainstream media.

The evidence is in the archives: for years, reporters refused to accept Ali’s name change (he was born Cassius Clay). His refusal to play the white negro, and outspoken advocacy for Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam dismayed liberals. The last straw came when he refused to fight in Vietnam. The authorities stripped him of his heavyweight title and banned him from boxing. It was at that point Ali embarked on the greatest fight of his life, the fight outside the ring for recognition of his basic human rights.

Academy Award-nominee Bill Siegel will be present to discuss Ali’s historical significance and his approach to the film.

The show begins at 1:00pm at Vancity Theatre on Saturday April 7th. Receive a $3 discount by visiting the ticket page and entering the promo code: CHAMPdocbc. Check out the Facebook event here.

DOC BC AGM 2014 – Save the date!

DATE: November 26th, 2014
TIME: 7 pm for DOC BC members, 8 pm for friends/general public

Come celebrate the year at our holiday/year end party on November 26th. We’ll have drinks and delicious appetizers to share. If you are a DOC BC Member, you’re invited to attend the AGM which begins at 7 pm sharp. If you just want to come mingle and say hello, we ask that you arrive at 8 pm.

DOC BC is always looking for innovative and inspiring individuals to join our community and the Board of Directors. If you’re interested in learning more and joining the Board please email and send us your bio and a brief statement of why you want to join the DOC BC Board.

We look forward to seeing you for our year end party to celebrate a year of success!

DOC BC Hosts Screening with Local Filmmakers

June Summer Salon Screening4

Where: Pull Focus Film School (306 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC)

When: June 20th, 2014 at 7:00pm

RSVP to our Facebook Event and Get your tickets HERE

DOC BC Members get in for free, but should still reserve a (free) ticket as the event WILL SELL OUT. 

DOC BC, in partnership with Creative BC, is delighted to be showcasing the work of some fantastic local documentary filmmakers.

We’ll be screening work from:

Joella Cabalu

Sydney Southam

Aaron Goodman

Shayne Kasai

Ken Matheson

Mathew Parry

Arun Fryer

Malek Shafi’i

Lettie Costea

Rami Katz

Sonia Suvagau

Chris Bruntlett

 David Vaisbord

Erica Landrock

Be sure to book your ticket – this is an event you don’t want to miss.