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: MARK HASLAM, AISHA JAMAL, and MAYA BASTIAN
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:00pm
Online - LINK
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 the workshop, you must sign up for an account (no charge). Sign up HERE.
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.
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.
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.