The Atlantic chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), in association with Lunenburg Doc Fest, recently announced the filmmakers selected for the first DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program.
The Program, which began at the end of June, will train four media creators from the Atlantic provinces who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour (BIPOC) to hone, market and pitch their documentary project at Lunenburg Doc Fest (September 2022) and at Montreal International Documentary Festival’s Forum RIDM (November 2022). The training will help advance and support the emerging filmmakers for market success through professional development sessions led by industry experts plus introductions to key decision makers including distributors, broadcasters, producers, and other stakeholders.
“As this program begins its inaugural year, it is very exciting to see what real effect it will have in changing the landscape of documentary filmmaking on the East Coast through its contributions towards raising the voices and visions of BIPOC-identifying emerging filmmakers,” states Millefiore Clarkes, Secretary of DOC Atlantic.
Each participant will also receive a free one-year membership to DOC Atlantic, an all-access Industry Pass to Lunenburg Doc Fest and The Dock Market conference, plus a Forum RIDM pass with travel support and stipend to participate on-site at the Forum during Montreal International Documentary Festival.
The four filmmakers participating in the 2022 DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program include Eliza Knockwood, Anna Quon, James B. Elloso and Jessica Brown.
Eliza Knockwood is a Two Spirit Mi’kmaq filmmaker living and working out of Epekwitk (PEI). In 2006 Eliza began her journey with documentary film and has directed several self-produced shorts and community productions. In 2021, she directed her first longer form project called The Ice Walk which was eventually repackaged into a feature film. Eliza is filming another short form series called Time of Learning this summer as well as developing the feature film, The Rite of Passage.