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Directing Documentary Film

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-en-scène, 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. 

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking and Camera Theory workshops are recommended as prerequisites. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, The Art of the Interview, Documentary Film Editing and Producing Documentary Film workshops.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

This workshop is sponsored by DRCC. Learn more at:

part 1: Mon 12 July 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Wed 14 July 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Mon 12 July 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Juan Baquero

Juan Baquero, director, story consultant and producer, documentary career spans fifteen years and three continents. His films have screened in festivals all over the world and broadcast by major networks including Discovery, RCN and TVO. Stories says Juan, are specific narrative strategies, when done right, inspires, motivates and, entertains. Juan is also a member of Hot Docs' international programming team.

Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember
Registration opens
Tue 18 May at 10am