What’s the DOC Institute?
The DOC Institute develops and leads programs to help filmmakers succeed at every stage of their careers. Offering creative inspiration and insider advice, we’re a hub for the non-fiction community. The DOC Institute is a one-stop shop for professionals to learn business skills, hone their craft and make industry connections.
We’re guided by Canada’s brilliant documentary principles and tradition.
Those aren’t just a bunch of projects. They’re jobs and careers.
Deep hands-on learning comes from real world pros. No shallow tips.
Learning needs are as diverse as our filmmakers. One size does not fit all.
Success takes business skills, perseverance, creativity and connections.
You can make it!
Can you help me?
The DOC Institute is for everyone involved in making non-fiction and docs. Whether you’re a director, producer, editor, cinematographer, researcher, writer, interactive producer, jack-of-all-trades or “it’s complicated”, you’re welcome at the DOC Institute. Familiar faces include:
The Lone Wolf
You want inspiration, feedback or collaboration.
You want to start a lifelong career—from scratch.
You want to meet funders, partners and supporters.
You want projects to succeed and a path that sustains.
The Starving Artist
You want real-world business and negotiating skills.
You want to stay ahead, get back on top, or grow.
Does my project fit?
The DOC Institute is dedicated to non-fiction of all flavours and formats. That includes POV theatrical documentaries, non-scripted TV series, interactive docs, non-fiction games, non-fiction shorts and more. If it’s influenced or inspired by the documentary tradition, it counts!
Pick up real-world business skills. Become more savvy, professional, competitive and confident.
Get Hot Docs-ready. This rigorous and intimate market-preparation course mentors 8 emerging, high-potential producers as they get ready to successfully pitch and sell their projects at Hot Docs.
The application deadline for the 2014 Breakthrough Program has passed.
Please contact us if you have questions or if you would like to receive updates on this program.
Need a refresher? This flexible, in-depth program builds on topics in the Essentials Bootcamp. Emerging, mid-career and experienced filmmakers can choose from modules like Business Affairs, Legal, and Marketing and Distribution.
Thinking long-term? These intensive sessions are for established industry veterans to interact with leading consultants (both from inside and outside the industry). Discuss pressing concerns, future trends, and how they’ll impact the sustainability of production companies.
Hone your craft, professionally and creatively. Strengthen your process, get inspired and create better projects.
The Masters Series Labs are conducted in tandem with the Masters Series Classes. A small number of participants are selected based on applications and spend an intensive day constructively workshopping their projects, guided by the guest Master and encouraged by fellow participants.
How did the hottest non-fiction projects succeed? Meet the teams behind incredible, buzz-worthy work—and learn how their processes, challenges, and decisions shaped the outcome. It’s a special insight into our industry’s pioneers, mavericks and masters in the making.
Make connections outside the usual broadcast and festival scene. Meet stakeholders in promising sectors.
Interested? Connect with us!