DOC Institute’s Producer 101 Workshop in Kingston

We’ve teamed up with our friends at DOC Institute in Toronto and the Kingston Film Office to present two huge new opportunities for filmmakers in Kingston this fall.

Producer 101 Workshop

Sunday, November 18 // 1:30-6:00pm // Isabel Bader Centre 


DOC Institute and filmmaker Chanda Chevannes present a dynamic, interactive crash course that breaks down some of the essentials you’ll need to know for a sustainable career in film.  Participants will receive invaluable templates and training on essential topics such as funding, budgeting, and marketing and distribution. 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. 

The workshop will be followed by a short information session from Bell Fibe TV1, who have committed to licensing original content from the Kingston community with a preference for shorter run series in the 8-12 min range per episode.


This is a FREE event with very limited capacity. The $20 registration fee is to ensure attendance but will be refunded directly following on-site check-in.

Short Film Lab

DOC Institute is now accepting applications from Filmmakers across Central and Eastern Ontario for their DOC Institute Short Film Lab.

DOC Institute’s Short Film Lab, an artistic documentary-focused mentorship program for young filmmakers across Central and Eastern Ontario, is now accepting applications. 

This 8-month program is a unique blend of creative mentorship, story development, practical resources, and networking opportunities that will guide filmmakers through the complete process of their documentary projects. Over the course of the program, participants will create a documentary short film, guided by their mentors.  

Over the course of the program, participants will receive:

  • $1,000.00 to use towards the production of their film.
  • An intimate 3-day bootcamp on documentary storytelling, led by an award-winning director and producer.
  • Ongoing monthly meet-ups with local Lead Mentors and peers, with a focus on further developing participants’ creative projects and equipping participants with the resources and connections to move forward.
  • A subsidized 3-day networking and industry forum in Toronto.

Filmmakers must reside in Central or Eastern Ontario in order to participate. This includes the areas around Belleville, Kingston, and Ottawa. Applicants must be an entry-level filmmaker (this includes those with no – or very little – paid professional experience in the media industry) and be fully available for program commitment, including a 3-day bootcamp in each location). Applicants must be between the ages of 25 to 34 at the time of application.

Applications are due November 30, 2018 at 11:59PM.

The Short Film Lab regional partners include the Asinabka Festival in Ottawa, Belleville Downtown DocFest, Kingston Canadian Film Festival, and SAW Video in Ottawa.

For more info & to apply:

About DOC:
The Documentary Organization of Canada represents over 700 members across Canada through six regional chapters. Collectively, DOC’s members have produced thousands of documentaries; which have been seen by millions of people; and have been recognized with prestigious awards, including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys, Geminis, Genies, and Canadian Screen Awards. DOC is proud to be a bilingual, national professional arts organization that functions as a registered charity.