In this dynamic, interactive crash course, we’ll break down some of the essentials you’ll need to know for a sustainable career in film:

How to pitch & communicate your ideas to funders

The basics of professional film production

How to use the festival circuit to build your career

With guests that will include working filmmakers, festival programmers, and industry professionals, this program will offer valuable insight into the behind-the-scenes of how to make it as a filmmaker.

While this workshop will focus on documentary-specific examples, the takeaways will be applicable to indie narrative filmmakers at the start of their career, too.

This event is supported by Ontario Arts Council, ON150 Partnership Program, the Government of Ontario, Belleville Downtown DocFest, Loyalist College, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Where: Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St. – Program Room 1st Floor

When: Friday, November 3, 1PM – 5PM

Cost: Free

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Workshop Presenters

Chanda Chevannes – Filmmaker, Writer, & Educator

Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She aims to make documentaries that deal with complex social issues in an artistic way.

Chanda’s most recent film was Living Downstream, an award-winning documentary that was broadcast on six continents and seen by four million people. She has authored several educational resources, two blogs for the National Film Board of Canada’s CitizenSHIFT website, and a monthly column for Troy Media. Chanda trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library, leading filmmaking workshops in the city’s underserved communities. She is currently an instructor at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

Adam Gray – Filmmaker, Writer, & Producer

Adam Gray has written and directed numerous documentaries for series such as Enigma, Supernatural Investigator, and Pit Crews with his partner and brother in crime Andrew Gray. Through their two man production company Gray Brothers Films they released their first feature length documentary Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Next Wave and was an official selection of The Seattle International Film Festival, Newfilmmakers Los Angeles, and Vancouver’s DOXA Festival.

It’s currently airing on HBO, The Movie Network, Movie Central, The Sundance Channel and CBC Documentary. Famed cult filmmaker John Waters put Fly Colt Fly on his 10 Best Films of 2015 list. Their new short documentary Ty Conn : My Brother The Outlaw is currently doing the festival circuit before its television premiere on Bravo!

Julian Carrington – Manager, DOC Festival Concierge & Film Programmer

Julian Carrington is manager of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service, which supports filmmakers in developing festival and audience engagement strategies. Julian also currently works as a programmer with the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival and as a programming consultant with Toronto’s ReelWorld Film Festival. Prior to joining DOC, Julian served as a programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival.

Workshop Sponsors

DocFest is honored to be affiliated with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers (LIFT), an artist-run charitable organization dedicated to facilitating excellence in the moving image through media arts education and production resources. Together we offer a series of professional development workshops throughout the year at nominal cost.

Additional workshops offered by filmmakers/special guests attending the festival are usually FREE and do not require a Festival Pass or for you to be a filmmaker.

Everyone is welcome!