ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
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: https://www.docorg.ca/roadmap_to_creative_distribution) 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
- Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
InFocus Film School
306 Abbott St,
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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 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.
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.
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