You Are Invited! EC3 and ReFrame Film Festival Present ‘So You Want to Make a Documentary’ Workshop
This weekend is the start of the ReFrame Film Festival, Peterborough’s annual documentary film festival, which is going virtual this year, streaming dozens of local and international documentaries from January 22 to 29, 2021, through their website.
As part of the festival, EC3 and ReFrame are co-presenting a workshop, So You Want to Make a Documentary, with panelists Aisha Jamal from the Hot Docs documentary film festival, Mark Haslam from the Ontario Arts Council and filmmaker Maya Bastian. The event takes place virtually on Saturday, January 23 at 2pm, and is FREE to attend – sign up HERE.
Read on for more details!
So You Want to Make a Documentary
An online professional development workshop co-presented by the Electric City Culture Council and ReFrame Film Festival
Featuring: Aisha Jamal, Mark Haslam and Maya Bastian
Saturday, January 23 at 2:00pm
Making a documentary film and getting it to an audience is a unique undertaking. Developing projects, making funding applications and pitches, putting all the funds together, finding producers, securing a good distributor, getting into the festival circuit, big screen, television and non-broadcast deals are complex and can seem overwhelming. Where to start? What to keep in mind? Who can help?
ReFrame Film Festival and the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) have brought together a panel of experts to help you make it happen.
This professional workshop will introduce filmmakers to opportunities available to them in terms of funding, festivals, media-making resources and advice from the field. This FREE workshop is geared to emerging artists, but is suitable for all levels of experience! This is a great chance to hear the latest from the world of independent documentary filmmaking, build your skills and knowledge and move your project forward.
Sign Up in Advance
To access the workshop, you must sign up for an account (no charge). Click HERE to sign up.
Aisha Jamal has been working as Canadian programmer at Hot Docs since 2016. In 2019 she worked as Programming Associate for Canadian and Nordic features at TIFF and for four years she was Head of Programming at the Syria Film Festival. She also teaches film theory and criticism while working on her own film projects.
Mark Haslam is the media arts officer at the Ontario Arts Council. Previously, he was the Founder and Executive Director of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto. He is a filmmaker, and has worked in television as a documentary writer/director/producer. He began his career in radio broadcasting.
Maya Bastian is a Tamil Canadian filmmaker and artist. She has spent several years travelling the world as an investigative video journalist, documenting areas of conflict and post–conflict which has culminated in an ongoing exploration of trauma as it relates to community and culture. Her award-winning work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, UK, South Asia and across Canada. She is currently in post-production on her short film ‘Tigress’ which looks at militant rebellions. Tigress was recently chosen to participate in the Netflix/Canadian Film Centre Calling Card Accelerator. In her spare time she works as a programmer for several film organizations as well as being a strong champion for filmmakers of colour by sitting on panels and teaching workshops.
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