DOC Institute's New Visions Incubator

May 2017 - December 2017

DOC Institute Launches Ontario-Wide
Creative Development Program for Young Filmmakers

Applications for the New Visions Incubator are closed for 2017. Please check back in 2018!   

This project is funded by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario150 Partnership Program.

DOC Institute’s New Visions Incubator, an artistic documentary-focused mentorship program for young filmmakers across Ontario, is now accepting applications.

The 8-month program is a unique blend of creative mentorship, story development, practical resources, & networking opportunities that will guide filmmakers through the development stage of their documentary projects. Over the course of the program, participants will develop the practical knowledge, creative materials, & pitch documents to get camera-ready.

The New Visions Incubator is developed in partnership with Belleville Downtown DocFest and in collaboration with Regent Park Film Festival and Music and Film in Motion Sudbury. The program will have three locations across Ontario. Filmmakers must be located within proximity to one of the Incubator’s hubs in order to participate:

  • Central Ontario (Belleville, Kingston, Peterborough)
  • Northern Ontario (Sudbury & surrounding area)
  • Southern Ontario (Toronto)

Over the course of the program, participants will attend:
* An intimate 3-day bootcamp on documentary storytelling, led by award-winning director and producer Chanda Chevannes, to develop project ideas into workable documentary concepts.
* Ongoing monthly meetups 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. (NOTE: Northern Ontario participants will have their monthly meetings via online video conference.)
* A 3-day networking and industry forum in Toronto, including access to the Regent Park Film Festival. (A portion of transportation costs will be covered for out-of-town participants.)

In addition, they will have exclusive access to:
* Masters Series Video Library: a set of training videos and short seminars from documentary’s leading creative voices.
* Survival Toolkit: an online dossier of practical filmmaking templates & resources, including call sheets, budgets, and legal documents.
* An ongoing alumni network.


Meet The Program Mentors

Adam Gray has written and directed numerous documentaries for series such as Enigma, Supernatural Investigator, and Pit Crews with his partner and brother in crime Andrew Gray.  Through their two man production company Gray Brothers Films they released their first feature length documentary Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Next Wave and was an official selection of The Seattle International Film Festival, Newfilmmakers Los Angeles, and Vancouver’s DOXA Festival. It’s currently airing on HBO, The Movie Network, Movie Central, The Sundance Channel and CBC Documentary.  Famed cult filmmaker John Waters put Fly Colt Fly on his 10 Best Films of 2015 list.  Their new short documentary Ty Conn : My Brother The Outlaw is currently doing the festival circuit before its television premiere on Bravo!

The Gray brothers film and TV projects have taken them around the world from the jungles of Belize to the islands of Zanzibar. They have shot in mosh pits and NASCAR pits, interviewed black-ops psychic spies and investigated alien abductions. Adam still has scars where a witch doctor bit him during the filming of an exorcisms in Tanzania. The Gray Brothers have a passion for true stories that are larger than life!

Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She aims to make documentaries that deal with complex social issues in an artistic way.

Chanda’s most recent film was Living Downstream, an award-winning documentary that was broadcast on six continents and seen by four million people. She has authored several educational resources, two blogs for the National Film Board of Canada’s CitizenSHIFT website, and a monthly column for Troy Media. Chanda trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library, leading filmmaking workshops in the city’s underserved communities. She is currently an instructor at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

David Lickley is a scientist-turned-filmmaker with a Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Alberta and over 40 nature films and science documentaries to his credit. His interest in natural history has led to a strong conservation ethic in many of his films and a desire to bring wildlife and other science related topics to a wider audience through IMAX and other multi-media formats.

From 1984 to 2012, Lickley was the Director of Large Format Films at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. Lickley started his own production company, Lickley Productions in June of 2012 and in 2014 released his 6th IMAX film, Wonders of the Arctic in association with Science North and Giant Screen Films. He is currently developing several new IMAX films including Jane Goodall’s Reasons for Hope, and Life in the Boreal, and is in production on a 3D Ride-film called Flyer San Francisco slated to open on Pier 39 in the summer of 2017.

Lickley’s television projects include producing/writing/directing for the long running science series Wonderstruck for CBC TV as well as directing various Profiles of Nature programs including The Bald Eagle and Ground Squirrels; and several projects for CBC’s The Nature of Things series including The Columbian Ground Squirrel, and The Vancouver Island Marmot. He also produced, directed, and co-wrote the 1993 multi media play and television documentary One Green Leaf about the naturalist, Grey Owl.

During his nearly 30 years at Science North, Lickley created dozens of multi media Object Theatres including Shark Attack, The Music of Sound, Your Amazing Brain, The Sudbury Mining Show, Secrets of the Sun, and most recently, Legends of the Lakes. Lickley’s first Large Format 3D film, Shooting Star, opened at Science North in 1992. In 2004, he wrote and directed Wings Over the North, a 4D adventure ride which has played continuously since its debut. He also played a creative role in many of the traveling exhibits developed by Science North including Ends of the Earth, Wildlife Rescue, and Arctic Voices.

Sherien Barsoum is a Toronto-based filmmaker motivated to tell social issue stories. Sherien recently produced the much-anticipated feature House of Z (2016) following celebrity fashion designer Zac Posen. She was the story consultant on Frame 394 (HotDocs 2016) which is a provocative look at the police shooting death of Walter Scott.

Her first feature, Colour Me (2011), was a bold exploration of black identity narratives. When she’s not making films, Sherien runs Reelworld – a social impact film festival in Toronto.

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