Upcoming Events



Join us for a Crowdfunding Workshop with Seed&Spark

Mark your calendars and prepare your budgets!

On Wednesday, March 3 at 2pm EST, our partners at Seed&Spark will present a workshop on crowdfunding to help you understand how to drum up excitement for your projects among your friends, family and colleagues. This workshop is free and open to everyone.

Join Seed&Spark’s Film Community Manager, Bri Castellini, for this can’t-miss Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop. Seed&Spark is here to help you answer that and show you how crowdfunding can get your project off the ground and help you build a sustainable film career through a direct connection with your audience.

DOC members can receive a free consultation with Seed&Spark to start strategizing your campaign and building your audience here.


Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EST)
free for everyone


Seed&Spark is where creators and audiences work together to tell stories that celebrate diverse voices and foster vibrant conversation. With the highest crowdfunding success rate in the world for movies and shows and loads of free resources, tools and education, Seed&Spark exists to help pioneering storytellers take control of their creative careers.



Bri Castellini is the Film Community Manager for Seed&Spark, a graduate-level adjunct professor for digital media, an independent filmmaker, and, regrettably, a podcaster. She’s known for the 2017 short film Ace and Anxious (writer/director, 147k views on YouTube) and for her podcasts Burn, Noticed and Breaking Out of Breaking in, covering the USA television show Burn Notice and practical filmmaking advice, respectively. She has been described by collaborators as a “human bulldozer” and is honestly kind of flattered. Full work history can be found on her website BriCastellini.com




Making Films in the Time of COVID:
One Year On

Nearly a year ago, DOC Institute hosted a series of panels on doc filmmaking amidst COVID, and we’re here a year later to give you an update from some of the original panelists and some new ones.

A year into the pandemic, we will hear from filmmakers across Canada who have worked through the challenges of COVID-19 to complete their new documentaries. They share their insights on the logistics of ensuring safety, how COVID impacted their creative approach, schedules, production plans and how they personally managed the risk and stress caused by the pandemic.

In addition to the panel, registrants will be offered a time-limited sneak-peek of Matt Gallagher’s Dispatches from a Field Hospital and Yung Chang & Annie Rollins’ Pandemic-19 in advance of the panel. Register now and we will send you a link to these two powerful documentaries for your personal viewing.

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Films and Panelists:

Moderator: Kat Cizek
Deep Inside Humanity/Ce que le monde porte en soi – Mélanie Carrier, director, and Olivier Higgins, director, DOP
Dispatches Inside a Field Hospital – Matt Gallagher, director, and Cornelia Principe, producer
Pandemic 19 – Yung Chang, director, and Annie Katsura Rollins, director
Superfan – Amar Wala, director
Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy – Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, director

PAY WHAT YOU CAN// $10 suggested donation