Introduction to Documentary Producing

Weekly, Tuesdays in October

A 3-Part Crash Course

Calling all Sudbury, Belleville, Windsor, Kingston, and Ottawa-based emerging filmmakers! This series of online workshops and meetups are intended for early-career & emerging documentary filmmakers who want to get their film projects funded, made, and seen. Back by popular demand, this dynamic and interactive crash course will break down some of the essential information needed for a sustainable career in documentary film. Outreach for these sessions will be focused outside of the GTA, in order to try to bring content to emerging professionals in underserved areas of the province. Led by documentary filmmaker, writer, and arts educator Chanda Chevannes, this series is a must for anyone learning the basics of documentary.

This program is a great refresher for new and emerging producers, filmmakers looking to refresh producing basics, and individuals transitioning into documentary. In this dynamic, interactive crash course, we’ll break down some of the essentials you’ll need to know for a sustainable career in film:

  • How to pitch & communicate your ideas to funders
  • The basics of professional film production
  • How to use the festival circuit to build your career


Date: Tuesday October 6, Tuesday October 13, Tuesday October 20 2020
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30pm (all dates)
Location: Zoom
Price: Free; donations welcome
Suggested Experience Level: Early-career.

Following these three professional workshops, region-specific meetups will be held for eastern Ontario, southwestern Ontario, and northern Ontario. These sessions will focus on introducing participants to local resources – including our festival partners in each area, respectively – and facilitating networking and community-building between filmmakers.




Chanda Chevannes

Chanda makes artful documentaries that seek to amplify women’s voices. Her award-winning films have been broadcast on six continents, seen by more than four million people, and inspired tangible legislative and social change. Chanda’s most recent feature documentary, UNFRACTURED had its World Premiere at Toronto’s Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, where it screened as the festival’s opening night film and was honoured with the award for Best Canadian Feature Film.

Chanda is passionate about using media for social change and public education. She has authored several educational resources, led filmmaking workshops in a variety of settings, ranging from universities to public libraries. She is an instructor in the Business of Film and Television post-graduate program at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre and is a regular workshop facilitator with the DOC Institute, designing and delivering workshops for emerging documentary professionals across Ontario.


Intro to Doc Producing is supported by:
Thank you to our partners, Belleville’s DocFest Film Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, CIONorth, Asinabke Festival, Zakide, Kingston Canadian Film Festival, and the Windsor International Film Festival.