“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
to: docbc@docbc.org

*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***

DOC BC’s Annual General Meeting & Holiday Party

DOC BC would like to invite you all to our Annual General Meeting and End of Year Party!

We will review this year’s highlights and welcome our new members, while enjoying drinks and snacks.

If you are a DOC BC member, you’re invited to attend the AGM, which starts at 7:00pm sharp – we would love to hear our members’ feedback and answer questions during the AGM.

The party starts at 8:00pm and is open to the public. 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 celebrate together!



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Shebeen Whisk(e)y House (behind the Irish Heather), 210 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2

AGM starts at 7:00pm | Party starts at 8:00pm

Drinks, snacks AND door prizes!!



We would like to thank our 2019 Community Partners & Sponsors for their continued support:

Telus Storyhive, Creative BC, CMPA BC, Knowledge Network, Front Row Insurance, Line 21 Media Services, and The Documentary Sound Guy.

We would also like to thank our sponsors who generously supplied us with door prizes for our event.

A big thank you goes out to Shebeen Whisk(e)y House, who have been hosting our AGM for many, many years.

See you all soon!

Canada Media Fund Documentary Info Session presented by DOC BC & CMPA BC


An information session about the Canada Media Fund’s programs, guidelines and application process will be held in Vancouver co-hosted by CMPA-BC and DOC-BC. This is an opportunity to meet with Caroline Chopra, Deputy Director at Telefilm Canada responsible for English-language documentaries supported by the CMF, to review CMF funding results from past years, and to learn about the CMF’s various funding programs. Telefilm Canada’s Lauren Davis will also be in attendance in advance of Telefilm’s Theatrical Documentary Program’s closing date of December 9th , 2019.



Wednesday November 27

DOORS 6.30PM | EVENT 7:00-9:00PM


Vancouver Film School Web Café

390 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


Michelle Mason


Caroline Chopra | Deputy Director – Portfolio Management, CMF Program Administrator │ Telefilm Canada

Caroline Chopra has been with Telefilm Canada in Toronto since 2006, working with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) Program Administrator team. Over the last 13 years, she has held various positions within this team, and is currently Deputy Director – Portfolio Management responsible for English-language documentary programming. Prior to joining Telefilm Canada, Caroline worked at the Canadian Television Fund (now CMF), the Historica Foundation, the NFB and French-language broadcaster TFO.

Lauren Davis | Regional Feature Film Executive for the Western Region | Telefilm Canada

As Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive for the Western Region, Lauren Davis is responsible for supporting emerging talent through production and post-production investments in lower-budget feature films. Lauren joined Telefilm in 1998 after having worked as an independent producer. Over the last 15 years, she has held a number of management positions within the television, feature film and business-process management teams. Lauren is based in Telefilm’s Vancouver office.

Understanding & Unpacking Documentary Impact Distribution + Impact Campaign In Canada

Masterclass with Ring Five Impact Producers, Jackie Garrow + Christine Kleckner 

Practically speaking, what are the steps involved in ensuring your documentary reaches and motivates audiences to make a real difference as a tool for social change? Join Ring Five Impact Producers Christine Kleckner and Jackie Garrow for a day of illustrative case studies, cautionary tales, and interactive learning exercises as they break down the impact campaign journey using a number of well-known Canadian examples. They will cover: Goal Setting and Strategy, Establishing Protocols for Community Work, Activities and Engagement Tactics, Outreach and Funding Partnerships, Budgeting and Building a Team, Measuring Impact. Walk out of this full day workshop with a creative and alternative view of film distribution and inspired to create a realistic impact road map and social change plan for your film. 


Sunday, October 27 9:30am– 4:00pm


Vancouver Film School Web Café | 390 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (map)


DOC Members/CMPA Members/Good Pitch Participants/STORYHIVE Alumni: $25 (proof of membership required)

Low income/Student: $25

Non-Members: $50



***Coffee, Snacks & Lunch will be provided***



Jackie Garrow brings over a decade of leadership experience working with arts non-profits with a specific interest in the intersection of documentary film and social change. She was Managing Director at the Documentary Organization of Canada in Toronto (DOC Insitute) from 2009 to 2014 and before that thefundraising lead for Skyworks Charitable Foundation. Since founding Ring Five in 2015 Jackie has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s finest documentary filmmakers on a range of important issues. She has developed and led impact initiatives for Lowdown Tracks, The Invisible Heart, The Shadow of Gold, 14 & Muslim, The Caregivers’ Club and is currently working on Hot Docs Audience Choice award winning film PREY.   Jackie has been invited to speak about impact producing at festivals and industry events and participated in Canada’s inaugural Good Pitch Lab. 



Christine Kleckner is a producer whose films have screened at TIFF, the Berlinale, Sundance, Telefilm’s Showcase at Cannes, and Hot Docs. Her first feature documentary, A Better Man (2017), was accompanied by a ground-breaking impact campaign that continues to generate discussion around the topic of intimate partner violence. She is currently working with director Lisa Jackson on strategies for outreach and engagement for her CBC film, Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, with a targeted focus on Gladue principals with in the legal system. She is also the lead impact producer for nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Opening night film, Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs 2019), working collaboratively with director Tasha Hubbard to develop and implement the accompanying campaign. 

She is an alumni of the National Screen Institute, Co-Chair of DOC Ontario, and is a Fledgling Fellow.


ABOUT RING FIVE: Ring Five is a boutique impact producing and grassroots distribution company. Our focus is on excellently-crafted social justice documentaries with stories of significance to all Canadians. We design and execute strategic impact campaigns that maximize your film’s potential to reach and motivate audiences and inspire lasting and meaningful social change. Inspired by similar boutique companies in the US and UK, Ring Five is proud to be one of the only outfits of its kind in Canada. www.ringfive.ca

This event is

Co-presented by Story Money Impact and DOC BC
Sponsored by Telus Storyhive and CMPA BC

Community Partner VFS

In Discussion with Impact Producers

An Evening Panel Discussion with Impact Producers: Malinda Wink, Jackie Garrow, Katherine Dodds, Erin Sorenson & Sue Biely.

Documentaries can enrich the lives of individuals, transform communities and improve societies.  Impact Producing understands the power of documentary not only as a work of art but as a tool to spark change. An impact campaign can be a bridge for documentary filmmakers to connect with foundations, NGOs, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues.  This work has been vital to changemakers for decades, but is now emerging as a field with best practices, case studies and training.

Come and hear about the experiences of various Impact Producers and learn about new resources in this emerging field.  We’ll talk case studies, challenges, surprises, best practices and opportunities. This is a rare occasion to have these brains in the same room, so make sure to take this opportunity to mind meld with them!


Sunday, October 30 7pm– 8:30pm


Vancouver Film School Web Café | 390 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (map)


DOC Members/CMPA Members/Good Pitch Participants/STORYHIVE Alumni: FREE (proof of membership required)

Low income/Student: $10

Non-Members: $20




Panelist: Malinda Wink, AUS -Good Pitch Australia & Shark Island Institute – Impact Producer

Malinda is the current Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute. Since 2014 Good Pitch Australia has raised more than $14 million in philanthropic grants for the funding of 19 social impact documentaries and their impact campaigns, forging over 300 new collaborative cross-sectoral partnerships connecting the NGO and business sectors, education and policy leaders and the media in support of the impact campaigns aligned with each of their documentaries.

Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships most recently, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Commission (2010–2012) where she completed a double Masters in Public Policy & International Development (Democracy and Governance) with distinction.

Malinda is an Executive Producer of THE FINAL QUARTER (Dir. Ian Darling), 2040 (Dir. Damon Gameau) and LIFE AFTER THE OASIS (Dir. Sascha Ettinger Epstein). She has advised on business and strategic planning for a number of production and distribution companies including Madman, Hopscotch, Transmission, and Revolver. She is also the Executive Producer of the following projects in development — DEMOCRACY FOR SALE (Dir. Craig Reucassel) and BETWEEN US (Dir. Hollie Fifer and Ez Eldin Deng).

Malinda has served as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, served on the jury of FIFO, Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2016 Malinda was recognized as one of the Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

Malinda is Deputy Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a Board Member for Centre for Australian Progress and The Reichstein Foundation. In 2018, Malinda delivered a TEDx talk on how impact documentary story-telling can deliver better policy and strengthen democracy.

Panelist: Jackie Garrow – TO, CAD – Ring Five – Impact Producer

Jackie Garrow brings over a decade of leadership experience working with arts non-profits with a specific interest in the intersection of documentary film and social change. She was Managing Director at the Documentary Organization of Canada in Toronto (DOC Insitute) from 2009 to 2014 and before that the fundraising lead for Skyworks Charitable Foundation. Since founding Ring Five in 2015 Jackie has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s finest documentary filmmakers on a range of important issues. She has developed and led impact initiatives for Lowdown Tracks, The Invisible Heart, The Shadow of Gold, 14 & Muslim, The Caregivers’ Club and is currently working on Hot Docs Audience Choice award winning film PREY.   Jackie has been invited to speak about impact producing at festivals and industry events and participated in Canada’s inaugural Good Pitch Lab.


Panelist: Katherine Dodds – BC, CAD – Hello Cool World – Impact Producer

Founder of Hello Cool World, and known for her ongoing work on The Corporation film, educated in advertising at Adbusters magazine, master-mind of all aspects of The Corporation’s outreach both grassroots and mainstream in four countries from branding to digital media, Kat has been an activist always, and an impact producer before the term was in vogue. An expert in social branding and engaging audiences as well as brokering partnerships with non-profits, is known for highly effective and heartfelt transmedia campaigns in film, video, print and digital. In 2007 she received a “Woman of Vision” award from Women in Film for her work in interactive media. In 2016 she was featured for her work as an impact producer in Tracey Friesen’s book “Story, Money, Impact.” She is directing “Halo Tales” the digital media component of The New Corporation. She also did ENGO and grassroots outreach for the launch of Sharkwater: Extinction.


Panelist: Erin Sorenson – US – Third Stage Consulting – Impact Producer

Erin Sorenson brings 23 years of experience in applying strategic planning and critical thinking to advance mission centered organizations and activism to create long lasting social change.

Prior to launching Third Stage Consulting in 2011, Erin was the Chief Programs Officer for the BeCause Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the power of documentary filmmaking and its fusion with creative outreach and engagement projects. While there, she worked with filmmakers to develop relationships with nonprofit organizations. Using storytelling to enhance their missions she worked with filmmakers and change-makers to develop outreach strategy and long-term legacy project development.

Erin is also a frequent trainer and consultant for Doc Society, conducting trainings on impact production and consultation on new film campaigns. Erin wrote the 2016 Doc Society Impact Awards Reports analyzing the top 5 impact campaigns in 2015-2016. Additionally, Erin provides single consultations with filmmakers in areas related to impact, distribution, consultant selection, etc.

Erin graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she later taught and worked on research related to decision making for four years. Prior to working with documentary film projects, Erin founded three nonprofits dedicated to the abused children and families. She was a subject in the documentary “Alone No Love,” In 1995 she was awarded “Chicagoan of the Year” for her work with Chicago’s Mayor Daley in developing the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, one of the nations largest programs for abused children.

When not working on or watching documentaries, Erin is likely to be singing out of tune and playing guitar, baking or working on a new mosaic.


Moderator: Sue Biely – BC, CAD – Story Money Impact – Impact Producer


Sue Biely is a trailblazer in Canadian independent media, designing and facilitating innovative initiatives to enable the sector to adapt to and utilize ever changing forces. With a history in content, policy, business models, conference design, workshop delivery, partnerships and campaigns — Sue continually works to bring a diversity of voices and mediums to story telling for the common good.

Sue has had the fortune to collaborate with many partners and clients which include: Telefilm Canada, REEL Canada, Canadian Media Producers Association, Creative BC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board of Canada, City of Vancouver, BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, Canada Council, and many provincial agencies in the media-sphere.




This event is

Co-presented by Story Money Impact and DOC BC
Sponsored by Telus Storyhive and CMPA BC
Community Partner VFS

Meet Knowledge Mixer

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
6pm-10pm | The Charles Bar, Gastown

Join Rudy Buttignol, President & CEO of Knowledge Network for an informal meet and greet to discuss future opportunities with British Columbia’s public broadcaster. On the eve of Knowledge’s search for a new Director of Programming, who will be responsible for commissioning, Rudy looks forward to sharing Knowledge’s priorities and to hearing your thoughts as well. Following the discussion, stick around for a drink and meet the rest of Knowledge’s programming team.

**Drink Ticket + Appetizers Provided**

***Please RSVP via Eventbrite***




How do you capture the magic moments for a compelling documentary, video journal or live vlog – without a big budget and crew?

The Documentary Organization of Canada, BC Chapter, and supported by Telus Storyhive, brings a hands-on filmmaking workshop about the mechanics of independent vérité storytelling – from camera and audio techniques to creating the conditions for successful, candid interviews and cinematic imagery.

Cree filmmaker Jules Koostachin will share her expertise and knowledge regarding ethical practice and respect of protocol when working with indigenous stories. Director and cinematographer Damien Gillis will instruct on best camera and sound practices, based on his years of experience producing films, including the award-winning documentary, ‘Fractured Land’.

Followed by a discussion on attracting the resources, skilled team members and excitement required to achieve your project’s full potential and wow audiences.

This is a free event. RSVP is mandatory.

***Light morning refreshments and lunch provided. Networking mixer following the event.***

SATURDAY, September 7 – Kelowna

Location: Rotary Centre For The Arts

421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC (map)

DOORS 9:30am | WORKSHOP 10am- 5pm | MIXER 5:00pm – 6:00pm


SUNDAY, September 8 – Penticton

Location: Shatford Center

760 Main St, Penticton, BC (map)

DOORS 9:30am | WORKSHOP 10am- 5pm | MIXER 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Jules Arita Koostachin

Cree from the ancestral lands of the Moshkeko, and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Jules was born in Moose Factory where she was raised by her Cree grandparents. In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded an Award of Distinction and an Academic Gold Medal for her thesis documentary Remembering Inninimowin. She is a PhD candidate with GRSJ at UBC with a focus on Indigenous documentary. Her educational and arts practice endeavours address Indigenous issues. Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of productions, and her youth series AskiBOYZ is currently airing on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Jules’ second CBC documentary OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day was released in 2019. Jules has been working with Indigenous community for many years supporting Indigenous women and children who face barriers. She hopes to continue shedding light on socio-political issues that urban and rural Indigenous peoples face.


Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a BC-based documentary filmmaker and journalist. He co-directed and produced the feature doc Fractured Land, which was a top-ten audience choice at Hotdocs film festival in Toronto and won Best BC Film and the VIFF Impact Canadian Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2015). He has directed and produced a number of short docs which have screened at film festivals around the world and has recently completed his first narrative short film, Gunanoot, which will be unveiled this fall. As a journalist, he was the co-founder and publisher of the online journal The Common Sense Canadian and his writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Desmog Canada (Now the Narwhal), and The Tyee.