2018 Workshops


Whether you are a documentary filmmaker or fan you are sure to find the Docfest Filmmaker Panel Discussion a fascinating look inside the art of making documentaries! The audience will get to hear first hand stories and insights from four amazing women filmmakers about their craft, career and the quickly changing landscape for women in film.  Join us for this intimate discussion in the historic Belleville Club before our Sunday Features begin at The Empire Theatre!

Get behind the scenes with our fabulous filmmakers.

Our 2018 Filmmaker Panel featured three inspirational women discussing the state of the film industry and their optimism for the future. We’re so excited to bring our audience new films and voices for 2019. Make sure you’re subscribed to our email newsletter to receive updates on the 2019 schedule and panel events!

Thank you to the filmmakers for participating in our 2018 panel discussion.
Chanda Chevannes UNFRACTURED, Tess Girard AS THE CROW FLIES
and Julia Barnes SEA OF LIFE

The Filmmakers

Chanda Chevannes (Unfractured)
Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She makes creative documentaries that amplify women’s voices. Her award-winning films have been broadcast on six continents and have inspired legislative and social change. Chanda’s most recent film is UNFRACTURED, which recently won the Best Canadian Feature award at Planet in Focus.

Tess Girard (As The Crow Flies)
Tess Girard is a Cherry Valley-based filmmaker, cinematographer, and co-founder of Fifth Town Films. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, including the TIFF, Vancouver International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. Films include As The Crow Flies, The Road to Webequie, Canada The Good?, and A Simple Rhythm.

Julia Barnes (The Sea Of Life)
Julia Barnes is the award-winning filmmaker behind Sea of Life. Inspired by Rob Stewart’s Revolution, she picked up a camera at age 16 and set out to expose the biggest threats facing the ocean.

Michèle Hozer – TBC (Sponsor Land)
With two films on the Oscar shortlist, Emmy-nominated and Gemini-winning Michèle Hozer has worked on more than 50 documentaries. Her work has received accolades from the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Shake Hands with The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire won both the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.