Annual General Meeting & Holiday Party

DOC BC would like to invite you all to our Annual General Meeting and End of Year Party!
If you’re a friend of DOC BC, you’re invited to attend the AGM, which starts at 6:00pm sharp.
During our AGM we will review this year’s highlights, welcome our new board members, and open the floor to our membership! We look forward to another year of work and support of BC’s independent documentary community. Please come and share your ideas with us…
…and let’s virtually celebrate together with dance moves, breakout rooms, prizes, and more! The virtual party starts at 7:00pm and is open to the public.
Tuesday, Dec 8th
AGM | 6pm – 7pm
Party | 7pm – 8pm

DOC BC in Partnership with DOXA Documentary Film Festival Present: Cinematography Masterclass with Iris Ng 


Iris Ng is one of Canada’s most prolific documentary cinematographers. Her camera and gaze have sensitively captured the stories in multi-award winning films such as Stories We Tell (2012), Toxic Beauty (2019), Shirkers (2018), Nuuca (2018), Migrant Dreams (2016), and many more, including the popular Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer. This moderated conversation will take a deep dive into the unique creative process of a documentary cinematographer, drawing excerpts from her own work and notes from the field. A must-attend event for directors, cinematographers and all creatives interested in the power of visual storytelling.

After the event, join us for a mixer with your fellow filmmaking community who attended the masterclass. The details about how to join the mixer will be made available during the masterclass.


Sunday, June 21st at 3:00 PM PT 

DOC BC members:  Free
Non-members:         $6-8

To register, please click here.

Registration is open to participants from across Canada.

**We are giving away 20 FREE tickets to BIPOC filmmakers. Please contact to get your ticket.**

DOC BC members can register for FREE
**Please contact for the promo code**

Visit the DOXA page for all festival details.

About Iris Ng

Iris Ng is recognized as a versatile cinematographer, who lends her patience, creativity, intuition, and skill to bring a director’s vision to the screen. For over a decade, Iris has collaborated with award-winning directors Sarah Polley, Min Sook Lee, Fredrik Gertten, Vikram Jayanti, Michelle Latimer, and Martha Burns on a variety of documentaries while shooting a wide variety of films for artists such as Chris Curreri, Oliver Husain, Bambitchell, and Richard Fung.

Iris was intrigued at an early age by the photos and Super 8 movies that were created and preserved by the image-makers in her family. That discovery – that it is possible to capture the essence of a moment – has become a lifelong influence in her creative work.

After obtaining her BFA in Film Production from York University, she has honed her craft shooting over sixty projects in many facets of the industry, from narrative, art and documentary films to commercials, music videos and episodic television. In the process, she has had the opportunity to work in Asia, Africa, Europe, and across North America.

Iris brings a visual arts background to the projects she works on – which allows her to approach the work abstractly and conceptually, before tapping into the technical skills required to bring a director’s vision to screen. Iris is known for her intuition and patience balanced by strong technique.

She is equally comfortable working in the latest digital formats as well as 35mm, 16mm and Super 8 film, according to the needs of the story or concept. While her work has been screened in festivals and installations around the world, Iris’ goal continues to be to capture the essence of the moment in the medium, regardless of the size of the project.

Getting ready for the event

We encourage all participants to watch some of Iris Ng’s work before the masterclass in order to make the most of the session and Q&A. Some of the films that be referenced include:

Nuuca (2018), directed by Michelle Latimer. Watch online on Field of Vision.
A Better Man (2017), directed by Attiya Khan. Watch online on TVO.
this river (2016), direced by Erika MacPherson and Katherena Vermette. Watch online at
Migrant Dreams (2016), directed by Min Sook Lee. Watch online on TVO.

We would like to thank our sponsors Creative BC and the Directors Guild of Canada 


“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends | This Saturday’s topic: DOC BC @ DOXA

Please join us for a special DOCBC x DOXA brunch, co-moderated by board members Jason Blackman and Jessica Hallenbeck.

In the first half of the brunch we will chat with four feature filmmakers: Tamara Dawit (Finding Sally), Lulu Wei (There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace),  Greg Crompton (Eddy’s Kingdom) and Tony Massil (The End From Here). In the second half we will spotlight our DOC BC filmmakers with shorts in the festival:

Baljit Sangra (Director) Jessica Hallenbeck (Producer, Lantern Films)
Have You Forgotten Me?
Alejandro Yoshizawa
Marina Dodis
The Return 
Banchi Hanuse (Director), Jessica Hallenbeck (Producer, Lantern Films)
Nuxalk Radio
Jospehine Anderson (Director), Joella Cabalu (Producer)
On Falling
Carmen Pollard
Red Robinson and Madame Dishrags

…and then have a cheers to all filmmakers with films in DOXA. Folks are welcome to stay and “hang out” virtually after 12:30 to informally connect.


Saturday, June 13th 11am – 12.30pm PST

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.


11am – Moderated conversation with our panelists
11:45am –  A spotlight on our DOC BC filmmakers at DOXA
12:15pm – We open the floor to all participants to celebrate together
12:30pm – Our formal event ends. Participants are welcome to mingle virtually after the event ends.


Our Panelists

Tamara Dawit – Finding Sally

Tamara Dawit is a producer/director based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has produced television content for CBC, Bravo, MTV, Radio Canada, Discovery, NHK, among other networks. She has also overseen the production of digital projects and impact campaigns for Plan International, MTV Canada, Girl Effect, and other clients. Tamara has participated in labs at Cannes, TIFF, IDFA, Hot Docs, and Sheffield. She is an alumnus of both the Berlin and Durban Talents programs and a member of Film Fatales and the Brown Girls Documentary Mafia. In 2019 she took part in the Cannes Doc Corner Rough Cut program, the Miradas Doc Lab Afrolatam pitch, the Doha Film Institute Producers Lab, Produce Au Sud, and the Apost Lab. In 2020 her new film Finding Sally was released. As well this year Tamara is taking part in Good Pitch Kenya, Torino’s Extended Lab, and the EAVE Producers Lab.

Lulu Wei – There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace 

Lulu is a Toronto based director and cinematographer whose work explores issues around urbanization, cultural identity and queerness. She has been working on There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace, her first feature film, for the past four years. In that time, Lulu and the film have been a part of the RIDM Talent Lab, the Reelworld E20 program, Hot Docs Doc Accelerator and the DOC Breakthrough program.

Greg Crompton – Eddy’s Kingdom 

Greg got his start creating mini-documentaries in Europe and Africa. He then went on to produce a series of TV shows called VJIAM.tvGo For Gold, and Project Green Generation. His forays into directing have won awards for Guns to Mics (feature documentary) and Listening to a Sense of Place (short documentary). His most recent gig was directing the documentary show BC Was Awesome season 3, released in fall 2019. Eddy’s Kingdom is Greg’s first feature documentary as a solo director.

Tony Massil – The End From Here 

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Tony is a documentary filmmaker and editor whose work has screened at festivals such as TIFF, SXSW, True/False, VIFF and Hot Docs. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Film Program, he was also a participant in Talent Labs at TIFF and RIDM. His work focuses on themes of family, history, and how people’s interior lives are reflected in the landscapes they inhabit.

“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends | This Saturday’s Topic:  Animation in Documentary

This Saturday May 23rd – Join us for a brunch conversation about “Animation in Documentary”, featuring a moderated panel with a variety of animation talent. We will be speaking with Ann Marie Fleming (Window Horses), Jenn Strom (Amplify HER/Motion Comic) and Charlie Tyrell (My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, Broken Orchestra) who will share their perspectives on using animation in documentary. Also, get a preview of some of their work and join in on the Q&A. Moderated by D’Arcy Hamilton from the DOC BC board.

Saturday, May 23rd at 11am – 12.30pm

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.



11:00 – 11:10
Introduction of DOC BC, Virtual Brunch Format
Introduction of Panelists

11:10 – 12:00
Panelists have the floor:
Ann Marie Fleming
Jenn Storm
Charlie Tyrell




D’Arcy Hamilton (Moderator)

Priding himself in not only making the best shots possible, D’Arcy thrives on telling engaging stories of real people. With experience traveling to over 28 countries, D’Arcy has built a reputation to be a very well rounded filmmaker. With experience in stop motion time lapses, steadicam, and After Effects animation, D’Arcy is always thriving to push the limits of technology, to tell fascinating, engaging and heartfelt stories.

D’Arcy has worked closely with Hello Cool World with many clients, such as First Nations Technology Council, VACPC, Arts Health BC, Towards the Heart (BCCDC), together with Agentic on “Room in Your Heart” a Foster Care campaign, and the First Nations Health Authority. He is part of their workshop team for “Drawing Wisdom”, (headed up by Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations) which includes mentoring workshops with First Nations communities using video story telling techniques to explore health related and cultural topics.

He has also worked directly with many community-based foundations/groups producing and directing short films to tell their stories. Some include First United Church, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

D’Arcy has also DOP’d several projects with Love Intersections for Telus Storyhive as well as a short about an Iranian-Canadian who fights for women’s rights through her music for CBC Arts.


Ann Marie Fleming (Panelist)

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian visual artist, writer, director, animator and cross-platform media maker who works in a variety of genres (animation, experimental, documentary and drama). Her work often deals with themes of family, history and memory.

Ann Marie’s graduating film from Emily Carr College of Art and Design,You Take Care Now (1989), was ranked among the Top 10 short films in Canada’s 150th Essential Cinema.  Blue Skies (2002) and New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes (1990) both won Best Canadian Short Film Awards at TIFF. Her filmography includes such acclaimed short films as I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010), Big Trees (2013), and the animated web-series My Place (2009) for Discovery USA’s Ann Marie adapted her 2003 award-winning animated documentary The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam into a graphic novel, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2007 at San Diego’s Comic-Con International as well as being listed on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List for Tens.  The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam also won the Doug Wright Award for Best Canadian Comic.

Ann Marie’s 2016 animated feature Window Horses, about a young Canadian poet discovering her family history, received awards all over the world, including the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated feature, Best Animated Film at the Gijon International Film Festival in Barcelona, the Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea, the audience award at the AnimaSyros International Animation Festival in Greece, Best Canadian and Best B.C. Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Canadian Screenplay by the Vancouver Critic’s Award, Best Canadian Film by the Association of Canadian Online Critics, and the Humanitarian Award from the Riverrun Festival in North Carolina.

In 2018 Ann Marie created the portrait A Short Film about Tegan and Sara, for the Governor General Awards, highlighting their advocacy work in the LGBTQ community, and is currently working on Question Period, a short film that gives a window to the thoughts and voices of a group of recent Syrian refugee women as they negotiate their life in Canada

Jenn Storm (Panelist)

I’m a director, editor and animator and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been making films for 23 years.

Documentary is my favourite storytelling medium: it expands our understanding, fuels change, captures complexity, and provides endless possibilities to play with the art of film language.

Recent projects and collaborations include: Stuffed (editor, story editor) a feature-length documentary about taxidermy artists which premiered at SXSW 2019 in the doc competition, Amplify Her Motion Comic (animator) a multi-platform project exploring the life stories of female DJs, Journeys to Adäka (co-editor, story consultant) a feature-length documentary about the healing and reclaiming journeys of First Nations artists in the Yukon, which won the Audience Choice award for Best Canadian Documentary at The Available Light Film Festival 2018, and The Road Forward (editor, visual effects supervisor) a feature-length musical documentary about First Nations activism which won 6 awards at the 2018 Leo Awards, including Best Picture and Best Picture Editor in the Feature Documentary category.

I chose the path of artist very early in life, and as a director I often explore creativity, culture and point of view, using animation, experimental storytelling and sound design to evoke a character’s inner world. Examples include a short about Nick Bantock, which was part of the Gemini-nominated arts series 12 TakesCity Centre, which explores condo development through the eyes of poet Evelyn Lau, and Assembly, a hand-painted animation about feminist filmmaking which was given the 2012 Artistic Achievement Award by Women in Film Vancouver.

As an animator I’ve always been inspired by the artistic legacy of animators at the National Film Board of Canada, and love getting the opportunity to work with mixed media, stop motion and digital techniques. For 10 years I’ve also worked part-time as a promo producer/editor at Knowledge Network, BC’s arts and culture network, making trailers for documentaries and children’s television.

As a documentary editor, I enjoy crafting dramatic arcs and out of the material of real life. When working as a story editor, I love helping a filmmaker find pathways through their characters’ journeys – drawing out connections, themes and contrasts. Both these processes are often puzzles to untangle, diving into the heart of the content, sorting through what exists, what is most alive and what needs to be understood.

I first became involved in the film community in 1996 through the Gulf Islands Film and Television School on Galiano Island, and the ethos of DIY-powered, experimental and passion-driven media making that was the staple of that community still fuels me as an artist. I’m also trained as a somatic therapeutic counsellor, and am drawn to film as a tool for education and healing.

Film making is a privilege I try to use with awareness and responsibility. Collaborative relationships are really important me, and I am deeply grateful to get to work with the talented individuals you see credited on these project pages.

Charlie Tyrell (Panelist)

Charlie Tyrell is a Torontonian filmmaker and the New Year’s Baby of 1988. His work has screened internationally at such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Nashville Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Raindance, Brooklyn Film Festival and many more. His latest short doc, My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes premiered at Sundance 2018 and went on to win best Documentary Short at Cinema Eye Honors, the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at SXSW 2018, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2019 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2019.

Charlie’s work often combines live action footage with stop motion and 2D animation. He also likes skateboarding and swore he would never eat another hot dog until the Blue Jays win the World Series.



Cancelled: Saturday, May 9, 2020 – DOC BC Virtual Brunch on Cultural Protocols and Indigenous Sovereignty in New Media

Hello DOC community,

Unfortunately, the Zoom technology failed us today and many were not able to access the DOC BC BRUNCH.

We have re-started, re-initiated, copy-pasted every RSVP and it simply won’t budge. Our team has been doing the best to get it going but unfortunately, it is beyond our tech skills currently.

I apologize sincerely as this was going to be our most attended webinar. And we did everything the same way as it was done before. The moderators and panelists have chosen to begin the conversation and record it on Zoom as (for reasons beyond us) it only allowed panelists into the Zoom. We have done everything on our power today and in the last few weeks including upgrading to better versions of Zoom Webinar and training, but this is completely unexpected.

The recording will be made available to everyone, and we will have internal discussions about what happened, how to avoid it, and if this session can be organized once more in the future for the membership.

As you know we are doing this bi-weekly and with the work of volunteers.

We are deeply sorry and hope to be able to continue this series. We apologize to the membership as well as panelists who really badly wanted this to happen.

Thank you for your understanding,

Nicolas from DOC BC

“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends – This Saturday’s topic: Cultural Protocols and Indigenous Sovereignty in New Media


This Saturday May 9th – Join us for “Cultural Protocols and Indigenous Sovereignty in New Media”, a DOC BC virtual brunch conversation hosted and moderated by Rylan Friday (Co-Producer, Portraits From a Fire, Director This Bright Flash) and sponsored by UBC’s Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.

Panelists Kristy Assu (Supervising Producer, Telus Originals) Barbara Hager (Producer, Director- Aarrow Productions) Jules Koostachin (Director, AskiBOYZ, APisKweShiMon) Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Director, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Bihttoš , c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City) will share their thoughts in a moderated conversation.

Saturday, May 9th 11am – 12.15pm

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.



11:00 – 11:10
Introduction of DOC BC, Virtual Brunch Format
Introduction of Panelists

11:10 – 12:15
Panelists have the floor:
Kristy Assu
Barbara Hager
Jules Koostachin
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends This Saturday’s topic: DOC BC @ Hot Docs – A Filmmaker & Hot Docs Industry Panel

Join us for a hot docs edition brunch conversation between Elizabeth Radshaw (Industry Programs Director), Julian Carrington (Distribution Manager) and Hot Docs filmmakers Ying Wang (Director, The World is Bright), Caroline So Jung Lee (Director, At the Bottom of the Sea) and Jessica Hallenbeck (Producer – Nuxalk Radio – Directed by Banshee Hanuse). Get a sneak preview of these three films and join a moderated conversation with Hot Docs about online Industry events and the Doc Shop.

Saturday, April 25th 11am – 12.15pm

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.



11:00 – 11:10
Introduction of DOC BC, Virtual Brunch Format
Introduction of Panelists

11:10 – 11:40
Hot Docs Filmmakers have the floor:
Ying Wang
Caroline So Jung Lee
Jessica Hallenbeck

11:40 – 11:50
Hot Docs Panelists have the floor :
Elizabeth Radshaw
Julian Carrington

Open Q+A and Video Chat with Panelists

“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends

Join us, coffee in hand, for our weekly Saturday “virtual brunch”. DOC BC wants to bring the doc community together in a series of informal Zoom conversations. We envision this as a way to strengthen our community, to share resources, and identify advocacy priorities at this uncertain time. In the end, we are all
“In It Together”!

While our local industry has received a massive shock, and not all the efforts undertaken are currently addressing every filmmaker’s need, DOC BC wants to hear from our membership and continue its mission to provide professional development alongside being an advocate for BC documentary filmmakers.

For this week’s edition, we have invited past DOC filmmaker guests: current DOC BC Co-Chair, Baljit Sangra, and past board members: Joella Cabalu, Josephine Anderson and Rylan Friday; all who will chat about their experiences with festival cancellations & postponements, and their plans for the future.

April 4th at 11am

Click here to join meeting on Saturday 

20mins session with panelists + 25mins Q&A and open discussion


DOC BC is excited to announce that Sandra Kleinfeld, Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and documentary Channel will be taking one-on-one meetings with DOC BC members on March 2nd, 2020.
Sandra Kleinfeld

As Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and documentary Channel, Sandra is responsible for CBC Docs across three strands, two channels and one streaming service, GEM.

Her career as a broadcast executive encompasses three conventional, three analog and two digital specialty channels. Sandra was Director of Development for CBC’s Unscripted Content where she was responsible for finding new formats, overseeing development and production of formats, original factual entertainment series, and documentaries.  She helped establish a new programming presence in prime time, supervising the Canadian iterations of several international formats: the award-winning and long-running Dragons’ Den, The Week the Women Went, and Test the Nation,  development of the first English language version of Still Standing and Village on a Diet, the first North American iteration of Keeping The Nation Alive,  development and production of Hello Goodbye.

If you are interested in potentially meeting with Sandra, please:

1. Submit the following:

a. A maximum one-page pitch based on the specific pitch genre guidelines
b. A diversity statement
c. Name the strand / genre you are pitching to


If you are an emerging filmmaker interested in a more casual meeting with
Sandra and are familiar with the strands, please send a ONE PAGE  diversity
statement and film bio

2. Familiarize yourself with the CBC strands and titles:


The Nature of Things

CBC Short Docs 

Documentary Channel

Most CBC documentaries (and other CBC and foreign content) are available for screening in CBC’s free screening service GEM. You can also find CBC Docs on You Tube.

Submit your one-page pitch or film bio and make sure to include a diversity statement by

February 23rd , 2020

*Please note that anything that does not fulfill requirements listed in points 1. OR 2. will not be considered*

DOC BC will be reviewing all submissions and will be sending Sandra Kleinfeld a longlist of submissions. She will be selecting 20 pitches / bios. Each meeting will be approximately 15 minutes during the day of Monday March 2nd, and we are unable to accommodate requests for specific times.

These meetings are available to DOC members only.
If you wish to become a member or to renew your membership
to take part of this opportunity, please follow this link to the DOC national

DOC BC & DOC Ignite present: Make Local Stories Global

“The paradox of arriving at a truly universal story is often found in its specificity.”

Stories can travel across boarders, cultures, languages and barriers, so why do they sometimes feel like they won’t leave our backyard? In this presentation and interactive activity, take away critical tools to lift your local story to international markets and make it accessible to global audiences.


  • February 4, 2020
  • Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm – 8.30pm | Networking 8.30pm – 9pm


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

** Snacks and drinks provided**

Presenter: Olena Decock

Olena Decock is an Industry Programmer at Hot Docs working with funded filmmakers and their projects. She also curates on-stage talks, master classes, and filmmaking workshops for Hot Docs’ five-day Industry Conference. In everything she does, her overarching goal is to help great docs get made. Olena has a background in festival programming, which includes two year as the Programming Associate to TIFF’s Middle East & Africa selections. In 2012, Olena earned an MA in Communication from the University of Ottawa, with a focus on immigrant identities in Canadian cinema. She is the co-producer of the short film DZIADZIO, which world premiered at TIFF18. When not watching movies, Olena obsessively daydream in all genres of music.

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.

Doc Ignite offers direct market intelligence and skills training to Canadian filmmakers. Doc Ignite is generously supported by Netflix.

*** Please note that due to the lack of an elevator in the building, this event is not wheelchair accessible***