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!



DOC Institute’s New Visions Incubator, an artistic documentary-focused mentorship program for young filmmakers across Ontario, is now accepting applications.

This Ontario-wide 8 month program is a unique blend of creative mentorship, story development, practical resources, & networking opportunities that will guide filmmakers through the development stage of their documentary projects.

Filmmakers must be located near one of the Incubator’s hubs in Toronto, Belleville, or Sudbury in order to participate. 10 filmmakers will be selected from each hub, for a total of 30 participants in the program. Ages 20-29.

Applications are due March 26, 2017 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.

For more info & to apply:

Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Workshop

Presenter: Mark Haslam, Media Arts Officer

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: CORE Centre, 223 Pinnacle Street, Belleville


OAC funds a wide range of independent media arts practices – including audio art, video, film, animation, gaming, installation, new media, virtual reality and web-based projects – and is open to emerging technologies used in time-based practices. Mark will be presenting information about the council’s funding for media artists, collectives and organizations, the grant application process and responding to your questions.

Everyone Welcome!  RSVP to  subject – WORKSHOP