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: 

DOC BC presents: A Filmmakers Brunch!

The Documentary Organization of Canada, BC chapter, kicks off this spring with a special professional development panel event. DOC BC presents: A Filmmakers Brunch! A series of conversations with three of our most talented DOCmakers.

Saturday, March 23, 12-3pm

in The Startup Studio at The Post at 750, 750 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5

Come spend the early afternoon with the three local and fiercely talented directors and members of the DOC community, ahead of the HotDocs and DOXA Film Festivals. This panel series celebrates the success of our members and will provide aspiring and current filmmakers insight on documentary production, funding strategies, representation and production challenges, marketing, and festival experiences.


Julia Ivanova, director: Family Portrait in Black and White (Sundance/Hot Docs/IDFA)

Baljit Sangra, director: Warrior Boyz (NFB/DOXA)

Kat Jayme, director: Finding Big Country (Telus STORYHIVE/VIFF)


Joella Cabalu, director: It Runs in the Family (OUTtv/VQFF)


  • 11:30am — Doors open
  • 12:00pm — Brunch and coffee
  • 12:30pm — Panel
  • 2:30pm — Mixer


  • Members: FREE
  • Non-Members: $10

RSVP and Get Your Tickets Here

**Coffee and Brunch Snacks provided**

Julia Ivanova

Julia Ivanova is a Vancouver filmmaker who has been honored with “Focus On” Retrospective at Hot Docs 2019 as a “significant Canadian filmmaker”.

Julia Ivanova is the creative force behind ten feature and TV documentaries, including Family Portrait In Black And White that played Sundance, IDFA and was named Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs 2011. Her credits on Family Portrait In Black And White include directing, photography, writing, shooting, and editing. The film was produced by Boris Ivanov, who was the producer of most of her films.

Ivanova’s other credits include such films as Limit is the Sky, produced by NFB, that won Colin Low Best Canadian Feature Award at DOXA 2017; Love Translated andFatherhood Dreams.  She just completed the film My Dads, My Moms and Me through Telus Storyhive and NSI initiative that would get its world premier at Hot Docs. Julia has been working on a film about the Trans Mountain Pipeline since 2014. Her films played Sundance, Hot Docs, IDFA, Hamptons, Chicago, LA, VIFF, Seattle, DOXA, Cleveland and many other international film festivals.

Baljit Sangra 

Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver based filmmaker who has been working in documentary and factual entertainment with an emphasis
in exploring social and cross cultural issues through film. She just finished a feature documentary ‘Because we are Girls’ with the NFB, a social issues documentary that explores the impact of sexual violence on a family.  Other documentaries she has directed include:

Warrior Boyz’ in association with NFB and Canwest that examines the long running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave in the Lower Mainland (broadcast on Global TV/Knowledge Network/KPS television/PBS). It was nominated for three Leo Awards. ‘Many Rivers Home’, a personal story that focuses on seniors living in assisted care and  the end of life (co-produced with Omni TV)Awarded best documentary Chicago South Asian film festival. (Played in festivals in Chicago, New Haven, South Africa, Mumbai, Toronto, Seattle) ‘Hockey United ‘ which follows two amateur South Asian hockey players with their eyes on the NHL (for Omni TV broadcast date TBA). She also produced/directed an A&E series ‘VIVA!’ for CityTV and Channel M/ Omni TV for several seasons.

Baljit runs her own production company Viva Mantra Films and is always looking to meeting new people and collaborators for projects. Baljit is the Chair of DOC BC and has been a programmer for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. She has also been a juror for many local festivals.


Kathleen Jayme

Kathleen Jayme is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC, who is passionate about telling meaningful and personal stories. Her latest project “Finding Big Country” has been a resounding success and has energized sports fans both in Vancouver and across North America. It was the winner of the Vancouver International Film Festivals (VIFF) prestigious Audience Choice Award as well as the Must see BC award as voted by the VIFF audience.

She 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 a fellow of the 2016 Inspirit Foundation’s Story Money Impact program, the 2017 Hot Docs Documentary Channel Doc Accelerator program, and the 2017 Telus STORYHIVE Banff World Media Festival program.


Joella Cabalu
Joella Cabalu is an award-winning Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker. Her first credit as a producer and director was for her own personal family documentary It Runs in the Family (2015), which won Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival and an honourable mention for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary at CAAMFest. Since then, she has developed a track record as a creative and collaborative producer working with emerging women directors on compelling short documentaries, including the uplifting environmental film FIXED! (2016) and Do I Have Boobs Now? (2017) a fascinating portrait of a trans activist which screened in festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, BFI Flare, and OUTFest LA. She recently produced a CBC Docs short Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (2019), about a community of strangers coming together after discovering a message in a bottle containing human ashes.

Impact Producing One-on-One Workshop with Katherine Dodds

Now Accepting Applications for Impact Producing One-on-One Sessions

New Deadline:

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 8am PST

What is this course and who is it for?

Katherine Dodds from Hello Cool World will be taking one-on-one meetings with six documentary filmmakers (or teams) who are looking to start an Impact Film Production and Distribution campaign. This course is best suited for documentary filmmakers who have already started a project, and are beginning to think of ways to distribute and exhibit their films of any length. With all six film teams present, Kat will walk through a series of one-on-one private sessions. She will demystify the world of Impact and provide a clear set of tools and guidelines to raise funds, make partnerships, and exhibit your film beyond festivals, broadcasters and traditional distribution.

What is Impact Producing and Distribution?

“The 21st century has become one in which the power of film to change the world is impossible to ignore. Through the hard work and commitment of thousands of dedicated individuals, we’ve seen it all: major artistic achievement, radical experimentation and innovation, and serious societal change.

Your film is ready to go out into the world. There are many paths to audiences, but which is right for you? Maybe you’ll hand your film over to a distributor. Maybe you won’t get any decent distribution offers. Or given the possibilities of the digital age, maybe you’ll decide to self distribute. Maybe you’ll do a bit of both. Maybe, maybe, maybe. The fact that this is an impact project adds even more opportunity and even more complexity. Given your impact goals and your partnerships, your priority may be working with community organisers to equip them in their changemaking. Or perhaps you are focused on effective political lobbying around the release. Any one of these outcomes could spell success, there are no wrong answers, just what makes sense for your film and issue.” From The Doc Society’s Impact Field Guide

Who is Kat Dodds?

Katherine Dodds (AKA “Kat”) got her start in advertising at Adbusters and learned to run a company through her work with The Corporation, Canada’s top-grossing documentary of all time and winner of 26 international awards. Founder and creative director of Hello Cool World since 2001, she is known for highly effective and heartfelt transmedia campaigns in film, video, print and digital. She masterminded The Corporation film’s infamous brand, produced the digital media component, and directed the audience engagement campaign in four countries. As an impact producer, she successfully crowdfunded to get the film free to 1,000 schools. She is also the creator of the #4Eva campaign for organ donation and cystic fibrosis awareness centred around the film 65_RedRoses, which launched in the US on Oprah Winfrey’s documentary club on OWN. Closer to home, she partnered with BC Transplant to get the film free to BC high schools.

To Apply:

  • Two pager (synopsis and team’s bios) + contact information:
    • In one paragraph, answer the following question: Why do you think your project would be good for an Impact Campaign?
  • Submit any footage related to a working project (trailer, sizzle reel, work in progress) maximum 5 minutes
  • Submit via email to
  • FREE to apply


DOC Members: $75 per 2-person team

Non Members: $125 per 2-person team

Teams will be contacted directly.

Payment of the private session due upon acceptance.

Limited to 6 projects.

Date and location:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Post at 750 – The East Studio

110-750 Hamilton Street

Vancouver, BC, V6B 2R5

Doors open: 9:30 am | Private Sessions: 10 am – 5 pm

For more information:

If you are a DOC member or STORYHIVE alumni, you have FREE access to the Kat Dodd’s Masterclass “The Hydra Headed Beast of Impact Production

To learn more about Impact Distribution visit The Doc Society’s Impact Field Guide



Doc Distribution 101

The Doc Ignite distribution workshop will equip filmmakers with the tools they require to develop distribution strategies for their projects, helping them to understand the rights at their disposal, how to identify key audience segments, and to hone their marketing messaging. The workshop will also help participants better understand how they can put distribution strategies into action, offering insights into the roles played by festivals, sales agents, and distributors, as well as how they can take a hands-on role in the creative distribution of their own projects.

Roadmap To Creative Distribution

DOC’s recently published “Roadmap To Creative Distribution” (link: is an essential tool for producer’s seeking to navigate the international market. Sean Farnel will provide an overview to this resource supplemented by lessons learned in the trenches of producer-driven marketing, sales and distribution of independent documentaries.


  • DOC BC Members: FREE
  • Students/Low Income: $10
  • Non-Members: $30

Click here to reserve your spot


  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)


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

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Julian Carrington

Julian Carrington is Distribution Manager at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He oversees the Festival’s distribution marketplace, including the Distribution Rendezvous pitch meeting program, and the Doc Shop, the Festival’s on-demand industry screening library. Julian also currently serves as a film programmer with Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. Previously, he acted as an associate programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival, and, from 2015 to 2017, managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service.

Sean Farnel
Sean Farnel provides creative, marketing and distribution services to documentary producers, companies and institutions. He was the first Director of Programming for Hot Docs, which tripled its audience during his six-year tenure. Prior to joining Hot Docs, Sean created the popular screening series Doc Soup and founded the documentary programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. As well, he developed and launched tiff’s initial strategic plan for Learning programmes. Sean has done research and strategic consulting for the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, the Documentary Organization of Canada, FilmFreeway and other media companies in the private and public sectors. Along with writing for numerous publications, Sean has served as a mentor, facilitator, panelist and juror at hundreds of film events.


The Documentary Organization of Canada helps Canadian documentary creators get their work produced and seen. At local levels we offer top-notch professional development and networking opportunities through our workshops, masterclasses, and mentorship programs. We also continually work to build a suite of services and benefits that lower the professional expenses of our members.

Nationally, DOC is the collective voice of independent documentary creators across Canada and the premier organization for Canadian documentary advocacy. We analyze policy, conduct insightful research, and speak up at all orders of government to help our distinctly Canadian genre flourish.


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.



Using Hot Docs’ funding applications as examples participants will learn what funders are really looking for when evaluating a grant submission and will learn crucial tips on how to make their projects stand out. Come prepared with a project in mind that can be used during the hands on section of this workshop as you learn how to write your best grant application.
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  • FREE


  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)


Mastermind Studios
954 Laval Crescent
BC, Canada
V2C 5P5

How To Get Your Ticket?

Please Note: This is a TWO & A HALF (2.5) HOUR evening workshop from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Doors open at 5:00 PM with the workshop starting at 5:30 PM sharp. By registering for this workshop you agree to receive emails from DOC.


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 curriculum on such topics as audience engagement, marketing and distribution to help successfully launch their films in the marketplace.
With a focus on reaching under-served 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.


The Documentary Organization of Canada helps Canadian documentary creators get their work produced and seen. At local levels we offer top-notch professional development and networking opportunities through our workshops, masterclasses, and mentorship programs. We also continually work to build a suite of services and benefits that lower the professional expenses of our members.

Nationally, DOC is the collective voice of independent documentary creators across Canada and the premier organization for Canadian documentary advocacy. We analyze policy, conduct insightful research, and speak up at all orders of government to help our distinctly Canadian genre flourish.


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. This workshop will feature a hands-on component, so bring the written materials you’ve prepared for your project and learn how to write your best treatment for grants, funders and pitching.


    • When registering, please ONLY register ONE person per ticket. Ensure that you register under the name of the person who will be attending the course
    • Coffee, tea and water service will be provided.


Contact Peter Cameron-Inglis , Executive Producer or Christy Danielson, Associate Producer at Mastermind Studios at or call 250-434-8918.


Stephanie McArthur is a ten-year veteran of industry programming at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival and market. In her role as Industry Programs Manager Stephanie oversees Hot Docs’ Emerging Filmmaker Lab Doc Accelerator, manages Hot Docs’ International Delegation and Alumni programs. Stephanie recently oversaw Hot Docs’ 2018 Documentary Audience Research. Stephanie has been instrumental in the development and launch of several key Hot Docs programs including the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for filmmakers living and working on the continent of Africa, and most recently the Canadian Storytellers Project which is supported by Netflix.
Since 2015 Stephanie has been traveling throughout Canada leading DocIgnite workshops which offer filmmakers insights into marketing and distribution, market readiness, pitch preparation and festival strategies.


Mastermind Studios is Kamloops’ full service Motion Picture industry campus featuring the Interior Centre for Film & Digital Media with two main buildings – a 18,000+ square foot main studio office building and a separate secure back lot building with a 2700+ square foot soundstage – plus support spaces and additional facilities to provide everything the motion picture industry needs for productions in the BC interior.
The size and versatility of our studio campus allows Mastermind Studios to offer integrated photography, video production, CGI services, equipment rental, talent agency services, pyrotechnics and visiting production offices in one convenient location – providing both the smaller footprint cost savings & flexibility needed to handle most projects operating on tighter budgets.
Mastermind Studios is providing Studios, Insert Soundstage and support spaces for BC’s motion picture production industry along with masterful and creative, construction, and production teams and great training opportunities for the local filmmaking community.


documentary Channel session with Jordana Ross | One-on-One Pitches and Meet & Greet Session

On February 7th, between 9.30am – 4pm, Jordana Ross will be taking one-on-one meetings (single participants or groups) with documentary filmmakers who are looking for commissions for feature length and TV- one hour content. Priority will be given to emerging documentary filmmakers who have not had the opportunity to work with documentary Channel before. Jordana will take pitches or is happy to just get to know filmmakers with whom she might have the opportunity to work in the future.

Please submit a one-page project synopsis with your bio, as well as an optional trailer or demo reel to by January 29th in order to participate.

documentary Channel evening session –  Vancouver – February 7, 2019

Between 7pm-9pm on February 7th, Jordana Ross, documentary Channel Production Executive, will discuss what documentary Channel is looking for in commissioned film pitches and take questions from the group. 

TICKETS: Click here to buy tickets

Jordana Ross – Production Executive, documentary Channel

Jordana has worked in television and documentaries for 25 years.  As Production Executive at documentary Channel she oversees the creative and production management of all commissioned production and development projects.  

Prior to joining CBC and documentary Channel in 2006, Jordana spent five years as a producer and director for Discovery Channel’s nightly science program Daily Planet. 

Jordana holds a B.Sc. from Western University and an M.B.A. in Arts & Media Administration from the Schulich School of Business. 

documentary Channel

documentary Channel is Canada’s only television service devoted entirely to the documentary genre, showcasing the best documentaries from Canada and around the world, with a special emphasis on feature length and one-hour films. 

documentary Channel looks for projects to commission and acquire that are high-impact, character driven films with strong narratives that are universal in their appeal. 

documentary Channel Original films usually have festival and theatrical runs prior to broadcast. They are regularly screened at IDFA, Sundance and Hot Docs. In 2018, 20 documentary Channel Originals were featured in 73 different festivals around the world winning top honours at many including Hot Docs and the Austin Film Festival. 


Pricing | One-on-One Session | Jan 7th 9.30am – 4pm

DOC Members: Free

Non-members: $15 (including meet and greet)

Students: $10 (including meet and greet)

LOCATION:Frankie’s Italian Kitchen

Pricing | Evening Meet and Greet Event | Jan 7th 7pm -9pm

DOC Members: Free

Non-members: $15

Students: $10

TICKETS: Click here to buy tickets

LOCATION:  InFocus Film School

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

Buy tickets here.
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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