Producing Documentary Film

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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This two-evening workshop and case study takes participants through the various stages of making a documentary, from concept to development and financing through production, post-production, delivery and distributing your project. Participants will discuss the proposal, funding opportunities, the documentary script, ownership and rights, production and post-production budget, clearances, transmedia, digital distribution and the crucial relationship between producer and director. This lecture based workshop also provides an overview of how to finance factual programming, big or low budget, in today’s multi-platform environment.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. This course is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, and Directing Documentary Film workshops.



Marva Ollivierre is a Gemini nominated executive producer, a management accountant, maskmaker and Floyd Chalmers awarded writer with over 25 of arts-culture industry experience—the last 16 in screen media. She is also the creator of the cross Canada lecture series Making Your Art Your Business and was executive producer and head of business affairs at Inner City Films. During her five-year tenure with Inner City Films, several productions received broad acclaim and continue in present day to deliver significant international sales earnings including US Broadcast revenues. They include: Skin Deep a Gemini Winning Best Lifestyle/Doc, one of the first internationally produced docu-lifestyle series; and Jozi-H, the Canada/South Africa co-production medical drama series, a multiple Gemini Nominee including Best Drama. In 2006, Marva started her own independent production house where the commissioned feature documentary Made In Canada was released 2013; the documentary I am not a Bully is in post production, and the feature Bannock & Bratwurst, penned by 2013 Canada Screen Award winning writer Shannon Masters, is prepping for production.