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Cinéfest offers training for aspiring documentary makers

Running sessions on marketing and entering film festivals

Aspiring documentary makers will be able to get some training during Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival this September. 

Cinéfest and Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) said in a press release they are pleased to announce the return of the Documentary Organization of Canada as an industry partner. 

The Documentary Organization of Canada is the collective voice of independent documentary makers across Canada.

The DOC Institute, which acts as the programming arm of the organization, will present two professional development sessions as part of Cinefest’s 2019 Cinema Summit activities. 

Mastering the Festival Launch

Tuesday, September 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon

For most independent filmmakers, film festivals are a primary goal for premiering their productions and further developing their careers. Yet, with some 5000 film festivals worldwide, pragmatic and informed decisions must be made. Sean Farnel, who started his career as a film critic for The Sudbury Star and later was the programming co-ordinator for Cinéfest, will present an overview of film festival distribution strategies and the Documentary Organization of Canada's Festival Concierge service.

Making and Marketing Docs 101

Thursday, September 19, 9:30 a.m. to noon

For those early-career and emerging filmmakers seeking to break into the film industry, DOC Institute will also offer “Making and Marketing Docs 101,” a dynamic, interactive crash course on how to get your projects funded, made,and seen. Sessions will break down how to pitch & communicate your ideas to funders, the essentials of professional film production, and how to use the festival circuit to build your career. With over 30 years in the industry, DOC is uniquely positioned to offer insights into the daily challenges of a filmmaker’s career,” noted Adam Shamoon, Director of the DOC Institute. “Early-career training is essential to any emerging filmmaker. This is a unique glimpse into the essentials of building your career, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Cinefest on this initiative.”