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.

Vancouver Web Fest

DOC BC is proud to be a sponsor of Canada’s first web festival: Vancouver Web Fest. The festival runs May 2-4, 2014 with all screenings taking place at the beautiful Imperial Vancouver. Be sure to check out some of the documentary web series:

       Making Murdoch
           Saturday May 3 – 10:40am

                                                                    Vera’s Shredventures
                                                                                                                        Saturday May 3 – 10:40am

        Cycle Chic Films
              Saturday May 3 – 10:40am

                                                                                                                      Saturday May 3 – 4:05pm

The Journey of Documentary
Sunday May 4 – 9:00am

There’s also some great panels including:

  • How To Build An Audience: Navigating your way through new media, social media and transmedia – Saturday May 3 – 1:00 – 2:00
  • Business & Legal – How what you don’t know can hurt your production                                                            – Saturday May 3 – 6:00 – 7:00
  • Distribution & Financing Beyond YouTube                                                                                                         – Sunday May 4 – 4:30 – 5:30
Go HERE to see the full schedule and lineup

Stay tuned to see who will be receiving the DOC BC Sponsored Best Documentary/Non-Fiction

DOXA Documentary Film Festival May 2-11, 2014

DOXA has announced their 2014 festival lineup and it’s looking good!

DOC BC Member Mathew Parry will have his short film Hives for Humanity: The Power of Bees screened on Tuesday May 6th at 6:00pm.

Julia Common loves bees and is eager to share her passion with the rest of Vancouver. In the summer of 2012, she placed one hive in a community garden in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, in the hope that it would bring people together through the work and effort required to grow and maintain a thriving hive. Here’s a Vancouver Sun article about the project.

It will be preceding another Canadian film, The Sower.

In fact, there’s a number of Canadian films featured at the event, but one of the most interesting ones has to be the much talked about A Brony Tale from Vancouver Filmmaker Brent Hodge.

For those of you currently living under a rock, bronies are the male fans of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The brony phenomena, born out of the Internet, has come to vivid life in colour, costumes, and social get-togethers.

There’s also a number of special programs:


The DOXA Documentary Film Festival Runs from May 2 – May 11

Vancouver South African Film Festival – April 5-6, 2014


The VSAFF returns to Vancouver for its fourth year presenting  features and documentaries that explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa – films that entertain and inform.

All films will be screened at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC.

Documentaries include:

Beyond the Stereotypes (documentary shorts)

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These authentic ‘slice of life’ documentaries challenge our stereotypes of contemporary South African life. Young filmmakers from Big Fish Productions/Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking  shine a light on ordinary folks playing out the extraordinary drama of every day life.

Tradition and Change (documentary shorts)


Sun., April 6, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

South Africa’s resilient and diverse cultures are daily challenged by modernization, globalization and consumerism. What is lost when traditions and cultural forms disappear? Which traditions are surviving? Which are worth protecting? We explore these themes through three exciting documentary shorts.

Breathe Again


Sat., April 5, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Apartheid laws reached into every corner of South African life. World-class swimmer Derek Orderson was prevented from competing internationally even though he was swimming some of the fastest times in the world. When he retired from competitive swimming, Orderson dedicated his career to training black swimmers living in townships and established the first black lifesaving team in South Africa.

The Creators

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Sat., April 5, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Step into the lives of six artists sculpting South Africa’s future from the fragments of a tumultuous past in this extraordinary documentary. The artists each re-craft history — and the impacts of Apartheid — in their own artistic languages. How does creative expression traverse the divides in contemporary South African life?

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs & the new S.A.

Sat., April 5, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Soft Vengeance is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population.

Reel 2 Real – International Festival for Youth




The Reel 2 Real Youth Film Festival takes place this April 4-11.  Screenings take place at Vancity Theatre, Roundhouse Community Centre, and SFU Goldcorp Centre for The Arts.

Find documentaries in the the short programs Path Waves and Made in BC:


People of the Water

This program invites kids to explore the joys and challenges of Native experience in our world today. Hand-drawn animations, re-imagined legends, inquisitive documentaries, and fun youth-made live action stories about the many rich histories and vibrant cultures of indigenous peoples throughout North America. Three films have French subtitles.  APRIL 6 at 11 am. Coast Salish Ceremonial Welcome, music and dance performance after the screening at 12 pm.

 MADE IN BC SHORTS PROGRAM  (Canada, 70 min)

Big Trees (Ann Marie Fleming), Whispers of Life (Florian Halbedl), Dancing Cop (Kevin Redvers), Crow’s Nests (Elisa Chee),Beauty Mark (Mark Ratzlaff), Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam (Jeff Chiba Stearns and friends).  APRIL 6 at 3 pm.


And check out the feature film We Don’t Want to Make you Dance.

WE DON’T WANNA MAKE YOU DANCE DIR: Lucy Kostelanetz (USA, 96 min)


CANADIAN PREMIERE  The rock/funk band Miller, Miller, Miller and Sloan hoped to make it big in 1980s New York City music scene. They had talent, a unique sound, and fans—everything but a record deal. This documentary is full of surprises, irreverent humour, and poignancy. Click here to see the film’s website and trailer.  April 10 at 1:10 pm

Visit their Website or Facebook for more information

Nov 1-5 Green Screen Film Festival



GREEN SCREEN opens Tuesday, November 1 at the Kay Meek Theatre beginning four nights of screenings of some of the world’s best outdoor/natural history/environmental films. 55 films have been entered from the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Germany, Russia, China, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Many of these films show how one person, or a small group of people, can do something to change the world.

The opening night features a reception and brief awards presentations prior to the screenings.

VIFF Giveaway

We’ve got tickets to a select group of documentaries in this year’s VIFF lineup. Answer a trivia question from the film’s website to win!

When: October 8th at 6:00pm
Where: Empire Granville 7 Theater
Win: 2 tickets to the film

Get these tickets: Email with the answer to the question “What award did FAMILY PORTRAIT win at Hot Docs 2011?” Go to the film’s website to find the answer.

What: PEOPLE OF A FEATHER by Joel Heath
When: October 9th at 4:00pm
Where: Empire Granville 7 Theater
Win: 2 tickets to the film

Get these tickets: Email with the answer to the question “What species of duck does the community of Sanikiluaq rely upon to provide down feathers for their winter clothing?” Go to the film’s website to find the answer.

When: October 10th at 11:30am
Where: Empire Granville 7 Theater
Win: 2 tickets to the film

Get these tickets: Email with the answer to the question “What is the name of the Ukrainian foster mother whose family is featured in the film?” Go to the film’s website to find the answer.

What: 40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP by Dianne Whelan
When: October 14th 12:20pm
Where: Empire Granville 7 Theater
Win: 2 tickets to the film

Get these tickets: Email with the answer to the question “At the bottom of which glacier is Everest base camp found?” Go to the film’s website to find the answer. 40 Days At Base Camp | 2011 VIFF

Contest rules: 1) Only one prize pack per person, just to be fair. 2) Sorry, you can’t exchange these tickets for other screenings.

The Vancouver Film & TV Forum: New Filmmakers’ Day

The Vancouver Film & TV Forum: New Filmmakers’ Day

The 26th edition of VIFF’s Film & TV Forum runs from Sept. 27 – 30 plus New Filmmakers’ Day, Oct. 1. Join us for panels, roundtables, speed dating sessions, Telefilm Canada Tete-a-tete appointments and networking events! Visit for full program details and registration or call us at (604) 685.3547.

Featuring Guest speakers:

  • Catherine Hardwicke, Director, Red Riding Hood
  • Newton Thomas Sigel, Director of Photography, Drive
  • Lee Aronsohn, Co-Creator/ Exec Producer/ Writer, Two and a Half Men

The Vancouver Film & TV Forum: TV Day

The Vancouver Film & TV Forum: TV Day

The 26th edition of VIFF’s Film & TV Forum runs from Sept. 27 – 30 plus New Filmmakers’ Day, Oct. 1. Join us for panels, roundtables, speed dating sessions, Telefilm Canada Tete-a-tete appointments and networking events! Visit for full program details and registration or call us at (604) 685.3547.

Featuring Guest Speakers:

  • Tara Ellis, Senior Director – Original Drama Content, Shaw Media
  • Noreen Halpern, President, Dramatic Programming, Entertainment One Television
  • Aaron Zelman, Writer, The Killing
  • Alexandra Cunningham, Executive Producer, Prime Suspect
  • Graham Yost, Creator, Justified
  • Allen Coulter, Director, Boardwalk Empire