Ina Fichman Named Chair of DOC Board of Directors

Ina Fichman is the new chair of the DOC board of directors

By Pat Mullen

Ina Fichman is the new chair of the Board of Directors for the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), which represents over 800 documentary filmmakers and producers nationwide. In the news announced today via a release from DOC, Fichman will replace outgoing chair Nadine Pequeneza. Fichman was voted into the position during DOC’s board meeting of May 8.

Fichman is a veteran producer with over 25 years in the documentary field. Through her work at Intuitive Pictures, Fichman has shepherded numerous notable projects in recent years while furthering the work of emerging talents and developing opportunities through co-production. Her recent films include Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open, directed by Oksana Karpovych, which won the New Vision Award at RIDM 2019 and received a special mention in the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker category at Hot Docs last week. Her 2018 film Laila at the Bridge, directed by Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei, won the F:ACT Award for auteur activist filmmaking at CPH:DOX, while The Oslo Diaries, directed by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, is currently nominated two Canadian Screen Awards including Best History Documentary Program or Series and sold to HBO in the USA. In 2018, Fichman received the Don Haig Award at Hot Docs in recognition of her contribution to the field.

Fichman’s involvement with DOC is evident throughout her career. She previously co-chaired the Quebec chapter of the organization and served on the DOC Quebec board for two years. Fichman has also been a member of the DOC Advocacy Board, and joined the DOC Board of Directors as the DOC Quebec and Advocacy Committee Representative in November 2019. She has also been instrumental in recent efforts to rally the documentary field during a time of crisis by bringing together numerous stakeholders from the industry for DOC’s recent COVID-19 town halls. These online sessions have kept filmmakers abreast of a rapidly shifting and uncertain field that has halted film shoots nationwide.

“It is an honour to chair the Board of Directors of the Documentary Organization of Canada,” said Fichman in a statement from DOC. “During these difficult times, we need community more than ever. DOC has the capacity to play a vital role in supporting the talented documentary filmmakers in Canada to ensure a sustainable, vibrant future. I look forward to this challenge.”

“It’s been an honour to serve as DOC’s Chair since May 2017, leading the organization through a transformative period that gives Chapters a stronger voice within the National leadership,” added Nadine Pequeneza in a statement. “Together we revised DOC’s by-laws and policies; and created a 5-year strategic plan with the end goal of strengthening our organization through collaboration across Chapters. I couldn’t be more pleased to hand the torch to Ina Fichman; someone who brings years of experience and commitment to growing the documentary industry in Canada.”