Breakthrough 20 Year Research Report

A cornerstone initiative of the DOC Institute is its flagship ‘Breakthrough’ Mentorship Program, launched two decades ago as a pioneering endeavor in an era when few professional development programs catered to documentary filmmakers. The program has had a significant impact on the Canadian documentary industry, boasting an alumni roster of award-winning filmmakers who have gone on to put Canadian documentaries on the world map. Acknowledging its transformative influence, other DOC chapters have embraced and replicated this visionary program.

In mid-2023, we undertook a comprehensive research report, combining participant feedback and quantitative/ qualitative data to illuminate the program’s profound impact on filmmakers. The findings not only provide insight into the Breakthrough program but also offer valuable lessons for any organization offering professional development training.

The Breakthrough 20 Year Research Report is made possible through the support of Ontario Creates.