Directing Documentary Film

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

This lecture-based course provides a basic overview from the documentary director’s point of view, guiding participants through the entire process of documentary filmmaking from development to delivery. Participants are given time to discuss proposals, scripts and basic elements of  documentary expression, such as interviewing, mise-enscène, shooting on the fly, and planning for anticipated locations. The course will conclude with a brief overview of the various sources of funding for low-budget documentary in Canada.

This course is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, Producing Documentary Film and Documentary Editing workshops.



Aeyliya Hussein is an award winning documentary filmmaker, who has fifteen years of writing, directing and producing experience in film and television. She has directed with the National Film Board of Canada and produced work for broadcasters, such as, CBC, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, and History Television. Her most recent film, Shooting War will have its’ world premiere this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on an hourlong film, Urban Inuk. Through this character driven film, young Inuit explore their identity and place in the Canadian urban landscape.