The Canadian Film Centre and the National Film Board Documentary Program, which helps four Canadian directors develop original docs, will return for its second edition in November 2010. The program gives documentary filmmakers an immersive experience with mentors, development help and think-tank modules at the CFC. The inaugural edition helped four acclaimed directors, Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze), Sarah Polley (fiction film Away From Her), Shelley Saywell (In the Name of the Family) and John Walker (Passage), develop their new projects, which have gone on to acclaim at Hot Docs for Walker’s A Drummers Dream and top pitch prize at the Toronto Documentary Forum for Chang’s The Fruit Hunters. Polley’s film The Dark Room has begun production, while Saywell’s film Ghost Dance is in the research and development stage. The application deadline for the new session of the Documentary program is October 15 2010 and info can be found at www.cfccreates.com/docs.
- RS West ’18