DOC Institute Launches New Visions Incubator

By Pat Mullen

The DOC Institute is helping filmmakers across Ontario develop their documentary skills with the launch of the New Visions Incubator. This new program for documentary media development is a cross-province effort with support from the Government of Ontario ON150 Partnership program and festivals across Ontario.

This eight-month program, which is the first of its kind, helps emerging filmmakers enhance the practical skills and experience they need to develop a documentary project and see it through completion.

Toronto, Belleville, and Sudbury will be key hubs. Ten up-and-coming filmmakers will be selected for the program at each location. The New Visions Incubator with target filmmakers aged 20-29 with a special focus on identifying talents from traditionally underrepresented communities.

“Increasingly, we see an appetite for compelling, diverse stories, told by documentary storytellers who represent communities across Ontario,” said Adam Shamoon, director of the DOC Institute, in a statement from the organisation.

The project aims to make a more inclusive make-up of the Canadian documentary field by giving participants the opportunity to gain experience from award-winning mentors from the industry. Bootcamps, networking events, independent work, and regular meet-ups are part of the agenda.

“Documentary filmmakers from underrepresented communities often don’t have access to the training, resources, and connections that can be instrumental to success,” added Lalita Krishna, co-chair of DOC Toronto. “The New Visions Incubator will help change that.”

The New Visions Incubator will assist these emerging documentary talents with the support from arts festivals and organisations such as Music and Film in Motion Sudbury, the Belleville Downtown DocFest and the Regent Park Film Festival in Toronto, which will feature a three-day industry forum of networking and professional and creative development.

Prospective candidates may apply here.