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GIFF Global Industry Summit

GIFF Global Industry Summit

DOC National Events

A series of informative sessions for emerging and established documentary filmmakers alike!
All Industry Sessions are held in Johnson Hall – Waterfront Centre

1:30 pm | Wednesday July 26th

Federal Policy Discussion with DOC National and NSI

Documentary Organization of Canada Discusses on Federal Policy. DOC’s principal mandate is to advocate on behalf of documentary creators for a sustainable, equitable, inclusive, fair and functional film industry. This discussion aims to ensure that filmmakers in Manitoba are informed of Federal Policy changes that affect them at ground zero, such as Bill C-11 and changes on the horizon for the cultural funds from Heritage Canada. 

Speaker: Sarah Spring, Executive Director

Prior to being appointed as Executive Director of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Sarah spent fifteen years actively involved in Montreal’s vibrant film community. In addition to serving as President of the Board of Montreal’s RIDM – Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal from 2015 – 2021, Sarah was a member of the Montreal Arts Council’s cinema committee, and spent many years on the Executive of DOC Quebec. The company she started with Selin Murat in 2010, Parabola Films, is a boutique production house that champions emerging filmmakers and under-represented voices. Sarah sits on the Board of the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC Creators (CISF) and consults for both artists and the institutions that finance them.

Speaker: Joy Loewen, CEO

Joy is a media industry executive with a passion to provide training opportunities to underrepresented screen-based professionals. She is a highly sought-after speaker, panelist and moderator, representing the National Screen Institute at various festivals, markets and industry events worldwide. With a background in broadcasting and programming, Joy’s expertise extends to involvement in numerous industry and arts boards including Canada’s National Ballet School and The Winnipeg Foundation. She has received prestigious awards including the Black Leadership Award of Distinction and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee medal, in recognition of her outstanding service to the community. Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in radio and television arts from Toronto Metropolitan University.

10:30 am | Thursday, July 27th

DocuMentality: Mental Health in the Documentary Sector

Having launched an initiative to normalize conversations about mental health in the Canadian documentary field in 2022, the Documentary Organization of Canada and the team at DocuMentality, with the financial support of the Canada Media Fund, conducted a series of focus groups to assess well-being among documentary industry professionals nationwide.

This report is Canada’s first in-depth analysis of mental health and well-being in the production sector. This session will share the results of the DocuMentality report with filmmakers in Manitoba and seek input for what filmmakers want to see change in order to center well-being and good mental health in their work

10:00 am – 12 noon | Friday, July 28th

One on One Meetings DOC National

DOC’s National team will be at Johnson Hall between 10:00am – 12:00pm, Friday July 28. Drop by with questions, comments or simply to say hello! Laura Dueñas can answer any of your questions about how to join DOC and all our member benefits, and Esmé Tierney can let you know how DOC’s Festival Concierge and Business Concierge programs work and how to access these national programs. DOC’s Executive Director, Sarah Spring and Operations Manager, Tazeen Ahmed would love to hear your ideas on what DOC can do for you, and how to advocate for Manitoba’s filmmakers!

*Elizabeth Klinck will also be present for one-on-one conversations with filmmakers about documentary research, clearances and other areas of her broad expertise!

3:30 pm | Friday, July 28th

What can DOC do for Manitoba Filmmakers?

Growing from DOC’s wonderful meetings with local filmmakers at the Available Light Film Festival this past winter, DOC is looking forward to hearing from Manitoba doc-makers as part of DOC’s Strategic Goal to connect with and work to strengthen local Chapters. In this session, DOC National Executive Director Sarah Spring will receive feedback from documentary filmmakers in Manitoba. This will be an opportunity to share ways that DOC National can better serve the documentary sector in the region as DOC shapes the next round of National programs to support filmmakers.

3:30 pm | Friday, July 28th

What can DOC do for Manitoba Filmmakers?

Growing from DOC’s wonderful meetings with local filmmakers at the Available Light Film Festival this past winter, DOC is looking forward to hearing from Manitoba doc-makers as part of DOC’s Strategic Goal to connect with and work to strengthen local Chapters. In this session, DOC National Executive Director Sarah Spring will receive feedback from documentary filmmakers in Manitoba. This will be an opportunity to share ways that DOC National can better serve the documentary sector in the region as DOC shapes the next round of National programs to support filmmakers.

Elizabeth Klinck Events

Our 2023 Alda Award recipient, Elizabeth Klinck, will present a series of interesting sessions for documentary filmmakers!
All Industry Sessions are held in Johnson Hall – Waterfront Centre

1:30 pm | Thursday July 27th

What To Do With Your Old Home Movies?

What should we do with our family’s home movies? A panel discussion with Elizabeth Klinck and Aaron Zeghers, moderated by Kevin Nikkel exploring the topic of how best to work with archival home movies or “user generated archive”. A lively conversation about digitizing formats, preservation initiatives, and exploring opportunities for creative filmmaking. This is a workshop for both filmmakers and the general public. Find answers to your questions and meet filmmakers using home movies in their storytelling.

Aaron Zeghers is a Canadian filmmaker, film programmer, writer and educator based in rural Manitoba.

Zeghers works primarily as an experimental and non-fiction filmmaker, utilizing found images and histories, analog formats and obsolete technologies. His form-bending documentaries and expanded cinema performances blend the formally experimental with the intimately personal

Zeghers’ films have screened at festivals and venues around the world including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Vancouver IFF, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Festival du nouveau cinéma, DOXA Film Festival, and New York’s Mono No Aware. Zeghers has also toured widely with his work, performing his expanded cinema work in Rotterdam, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Vancouver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Toronto and more.

As a film programmer, is a collective member of the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the former Festival Director for the Gimli Film Festival, Manitoba’s largest film festival. He is currently an Instructor at the Digital Film & Media Production Diploma Program at RRC Polytech in Winnipeg.

Host: Kevin Nikkel – GIFF Documentary Features Co-Programmer

Kevin Nikkel is a filmmaker, educator, and cultural worker based in Winnipeg. He likes to spend time in dusty archives looking for old film footage.

*Copies of Kevin’s book, “Establishing Shots” will be available for purchase through the box office.

Presented in partnership with DOC Manitoba

1:00 pm | Friday July 28th

You See It, You Hear It, Let’s Clear It

Best Practices and Current Trends in Archive Filmmaking

Elizabeth Klinck’s Research Rights and Clearances workshop “You See It, You Hear It, Let’s Clear It” will delve into the world of archival image research.
Participants will become familiar with concepts such as “fair dealing” and “orphan works”, and will discover ways to reduce costs and limit risks when including images, footage, and music in media projects.
The workshop combines theory and practice and is suited for filmmakers, archivists, archival researchers, directors and producers. Handouts and a follow up online consultation will be offered in addition to a 50 minute session that will include a 10 min Q&A.


Elizabeth Klinck has worked as a producer, editorial and visual researcher, and clearance specialist on numerous award-winning international documentary films and interactive projects that have garnered Emmy, Gemini, CSA, Peabody and Oscar awards.

A graduate of Queen’s University, she has taught documentary research and development at Ryerson University in Toronto and has led research and rights clearance workshops at numerous international conferences and broadcasters. They include Realscreen, The World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, Sheffield Docfest, Dok Leipzig, Sunnyside of the Doc, Documentary Campus, EDN, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Tehran Documentary Festival, Archidoc (Femis), Banff World Media Festival, Hot Docs, the National Film Board of Canada, ImagineNative, WIFT International Summit, and the Atlantic and Vancouver International Film Festivals.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked for HBO, PBS, the National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, Discovery, History Television, CTV, Channel 4, Arte, ZDF, among other international broadcasters and independent production companies.

Nominated for an Emmy in the Craft of Research and three times for Best Visual Researcher at the FOCAL Awards in the UK, Elizabeth has won the 2017, 2015, and 2014 and 2013 Canadian Screen Award, the 2015 Gemeaux Award, and the 2010 Gemini for Best Visual Research. She has won the Yorkton Golden Sheaf award, and was honored with the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Elizabeth was honoured with the Canadian Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Board of Director’s Tribute Award in 2019 for her body of archive producing work and her volunteerism both in Canada and abroad.

Elizabeth has served on the board of WIFT Toronto, Impact Media Summit, and was the founding chairperson for ten years for the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada. She is on International Executive Committee for FOCAL International in the UK and is a member of DOC Toronto and WIFT.

Presented in partnership with Film Training Manitoba and DOC Manitoba.

Other Events

3:30 pm | Friday, July 28th

The State of Storytelling in Post-Pandemic Times

Join us for this engaging discussion on what the independent filmmaking landscape looks like in the current zeitgeist, and where storytelling might be headed. For those interested in the craft and art of filmmaking. The panel features filmmakers, all with films in the festival which relate to the themes of home and belonging.


Cecilia Araneda
Winnipeg-based Chilean-Canadian filmmaker and curator Cecilia Araneda’s works have screened at venues such as Visions du Reél, Ann Arbor, Images, RIDM, Documenta Madrid, Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Uppsala Short Film Festival, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, TIFF Wavelengths, Film Anthology Archives and Maysles Documentary Center. Araneda’s debut feature film, Intersection (starring Carmen Aguirre), was released in fall 2022. Aesthetically, Araneda’s film practice is strongly rooted in the examination of private and public memory as it connects to identity, consciously working against the idea of the fully controlled image. Most well-known her work in analogue film, Araneda works in experimental, documentary and fiction forms.

Erin Buelow
A filmmaker from Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 Territory. He received a BFA from York University in 2014. His short films include collaborations with Nova Dance Collective and the poet/performance artist Faye Green. Erin’s work has screened in Canada (WNDX, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Toronto Queer Film Festival, Canada Dance Festival) and Europe (International Film Festival Rotterdam, ELIA NEU NOW Festival).

Deco Dawson
An international award-winning filmmaker from Winnipeg, Canada. His 15 innovative films remain at times unclassifiable, continually blurring the lines between dramatic, documentary, animation and experimental film, often creating fantastical worlds with miniatures, archival footage, meticulous set design, in-camera effects and grainy, textured filmstock.  

Dawson is a two-time winner of the Best Short Film Award from the Toronto International Film Festival for his films KEEP A MODEST HEAD in 2012 and FILM(dzama) in 2001, which also won the Best Technical Innovation award at the 2002 Ann Arbor Film Festival. KEEP A MODEST HEAD has also won the 2013 Best Short Doc Award from the Seattle International Film Festival and the Best Short Doc at the 2013 Nevada City Film Festival. In addition to screening at major festivals worldwide, Dawson has been host to solo retrospectives of his work in France, Spain, USA and Canada.

In 2013 Deco Dawson was awarded the City of Winnipeg Mayor’s Award for outstanding accomplishment in the arts and the 2013 Manitoba Hothouse Award given to a filmmaker of outstanding repute.


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Hans Engel
Hans Engel is the Director of the National Directors Division (NDD) at the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) where he has worked since 2006. The DGC is a Canadian national labour organization that represents over 5,500 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production, and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian film & television programming. The National Directors Division focuses specifically on the engagement and advancement of Director members across the country. Through high-level training, significant professional engagement opportunities, and extensive outreach initiatives, the NDD works to ensure DGC Directors are elevated to the height of their creative potential and recognized for the incredible work they do.

Generously sponsored by the Director’s Guild of Canada – Manitoba District Council


Women in Post-Production

Post-production is an area of film that gets little glamour. Editors, Sound Mixers, Post Supervisors, and other roles in post-production are often heroes to the producers, and can either save a film, or make it immeasurably better. This panel of post-production prodigies (see what I did there?) will give the audience a glimpse into their world and why it’s important to NOT skimp in this area and provide a perspective that is unique to women.


Sara Bulloch 
Sara Bulloch is an editor and filmmaker in Winnipeg. With Farpoint Films she’s edited and created graphics for Ice Vikings, Seeking Fire, Alter Boys, and other productions. She’s also directed, written, and edited films that have screened with Gimli Film Fest, the8fest, Les Mains Gaunches, and more. Many of her films explore mental health, relationships, and identity. She additionally founded OurToba Film Festival for women and gender diverse prairie directors.

Nathalie Massaroni 
Nathalie Massaroni is a Manitoba-based editor and post production supervisor. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg’s film program, she gained experience in various roles on projects including Night Hunter, Siberia, How It Ends, and GONE: My Daughter.
Nathalie got the opportunity to pursue her dream career — a professional film editor — when she joined Farpoint Films, an award-winning production company. Since then she has edited features and series including Wintertide, Alter Boys, Seeking Fire, and Ice Vikings while becoming an in-demand editor and post production supervisor.
In addition to her work at Farpoint Films, Nathalie has edited for APTN (D dot H) and CBC (I Hurt Myself, Home Away from Home). If she’s not working on a computer, you can find Nathalie at the dance studio or sipping coffee with a cat on her lap.

Giselle Nazareno 
Giselle Nazareno has worked as an Audio Engineer, SFX Designer/ Editor and Dialogue Editor for the past 15 years at DACAPO Audio Productions. She believes her work reflects who she is and she strives for excellence and quality in every project. She has worked on a variety of projects from animation, Television, Film and Video games. Giselle is certified by the Arts Institute of Vancouver – Burnaby Recording Arts. 

Helena Fleger

Presented in partnership with OurToba Film Network.


Live Read!

Join a cadre of talented Manitoba Actors as they read out an original screenplay by a WGC Member writer!

A live read is a wonderful opportunity for a screenwriter to hear their un-produced work read out loud by professional actors, similar to a workshopping of that script. Combine this with the excitement of a live audience, and you have a fantastic concept for an event…

Writer and Actors to be announced!

Brought to you in partnership with ACTRA Manitoba and Writers Guild of Canada.


Virtual Production

Join New Media Manitoba’s Senior Manager, Jonathan Phu Son Lê, as he discusses their new virtual production workforce development project -StudioLab xR. 
Jonathan will explore how StudioLab xR will empower Manitobans with the tools and expertise to bring their creative visions to life.

This looks at current practices and where this technology in terms of both real-time visualization and artificial intelligence, is headed will inform and inspire current and new creators alike!

Presented in partnership with New Media Manitoba


Stories in Sound

The Sound Department. Some say it’s the best department. But not too loudly, as they are ALWAYS listening. 

In this engaging round table discussion with those who do Location Sound Recording for film, the discussion will revolve around the challenging, exciting, stressful, and interesting world of sound. Panelists will share stories of their experiences and reminiscing about the past, while talking about the state of sound recording today.

Eric Neufeld
Manfred Gay
Edgar Ozolins

Presented in partnership with IATSE 856

4:00 pm | Sunday July 30th 

Tales from Guy Maddin: A Fireside Chat about the Challenges and Pitfalls of Indie Filmmaking

Guy Maddin has had a unique journey in his filmmaking life, from his first project to the latest, his films have always had a certain element of controversy. But why listen to us when you can hear the stories from the lips of this renowned auteur himself? Join us to hear some of the most interesting and outright bizarre things to happen in his 35 years of filmmaking.

*Presented in partnership with Manitoba Film & Music