DOC announces new program, publications, complimentary Indigenous filmmaker memberships, and cross-country work-shops with former Hot Docs programmer Sean Farnel.

May 2, 2019 (Toronto, ON) - The ​Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) has announced the return of Festival Concierge. The relaunch of the popular film festival distribution service follows the recent release of the DOC publication “The Roadmap to Creative Distribution,” extending DOC’s efforts to support and stimulate market access and discoverability opportunities for Canadian documentaries and their makers. A series of workshops, resources, and services in support of Canadian documentary producers seeking to leverage the international film festival circuit, Festival Concierge will provide filmmakers with strategies and guidance in navigating this complicated and ever-evolving market. Sean Farnel and DOC will be taking Festival Concierge,​ “The Roadmap to Creative Distribution” and workshops on ​“Mastering the Festival Launch” across Canada for a festival tour, including at Hot Docs, DOXA and RIDM where the tour will conclude in the Fall. Other stops include Sudbury, Halifax, and Winnipeg.

“Film festivals are important showcases and professional development opportunities for our members and their productions,” says Mathieu Dragonas, Executive Director of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC). “We understand that navigating the festival circuit is a daunting task. Our hope is that Festival Concierge helps demystify the process for our members and that, ultimately, we see more Canadian doc productions at international film festivals.”

Festival Concierge and the recently released DOC publication “The Roadmap To Creative Distribution” are intended to provide guidance for producers who are engaged in marketing, sales and distribution for their productions. To further the accessibility of their programming, DOC is announcing complimentary memberships for Indigenous-identifying filmmakers, effective May 3, 2019 through to December 31, 2020.

“The Roadmap to Creative Distribution” prepared by producer Chanda Chevannes is a comprehensive guide to the fluid, active, and constantly evolving ways by which producers approach managing their Intellectual Property.

Following “Mastering The Festival Launch” workshops at Hot Docs (April 26) and DOXA (May 6), DOC will release a second publication, “What Are Film Festivals For?,” prepared by Festival Concierge consultant Sean Farnel. This publication will provide insights, including case studies, into the nitty gritty of film festival distribution from a producer’s point-of-view.

Details for accessing Festival Concierge services will be available on the DOC at in mid-May.


Female-stacked rock ‘n’ roll drama captures the highs and lows of drug-addled fame, and personal transformation - opens at the Lightbox on April 12.

April 8, 2019 (Toronto, ON) - Featuring a ground-breaking and career-defining performance from Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Actress Elisabeth Moss, ‘Her Smell’ captures one woman’s chaotic addiction at the pinnacle of 1990’s grunge stardom, her fall to addiction, and her raw transformation through recovery and redemption. Helmed by Award-winning director Alex Ross Perry, ‘Her Smell’ charters unknown territory with raw magnetism and vulnerability. ‘Her Smell’ opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on April 12 for a two-week run then sprawls across Canada from Quebec to British Columbia.

The Canadian theatrical release of ‘Her Smell’ comes on the heels of a successful Festival run; The female-led film gained notoriety on the festival circuit, garnering critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Platform Prize at its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018; Nomination for the Jury Prize and Pinkenson Award win (Honourable Mention) for Direction at the Philadelphia Film Festival in 2018; Nominations for the Audience Award at both the AFI Film Fest in 2018 and the Americana Film Fest in 2019; And finally, taking home the Dublin Film Critics Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival this year.

‘Her Smell’ is directed by Alex Perry Ross and stars Cara Delevigne (Suicide Squad, 2016), Agyness Deyn (Hail, Caesar!, 2016), Amber Heard (Aquaman, 2018), Gayle Rankin (GLOW, 2017-2018), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, 2011-2017), and more.  

As part of the Canadian theatrical release, seven select theatres will be showcasing the feature film; TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for a two-week run beginning April 12; Cinema Modern in Montreal, Quebec, Apollo Cinema in Kitchener, Ontario, and Rio Cinema in Vancouver will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for one-week beginning April 26; Globe Cinema in Calgary, Alberta and Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for one-week beginning May 3; And Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for one-week beginning May 17.

Canadian theatrical release schedule with ticket links:

4/12 – TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, Ontario - tickets here.

4/26 – Cinema Moderne, Montreal, Quebec - tickets here.

4/26 – Apollo Cinema,  Kitchener, Ontario - tickets here.

4/26 – Rio Cinema, Vancouver, British Columbia - tickets here.

5/3 – Globe Cinema, Calgary, Alberta - tickets here.

5/3 – Mayfair Theatre – Ottawa, Ontario - tickets here.

5/17 – Metro Cinema – Edmonton, Alberta - ticket link pending.


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