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

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