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NFB, CFC team up for Creative Doc Lab

The National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre are teaming up for a revamped documentary lab that will emphasize "creative risk-taking." (Pictured: Stories We Tell)
May 21, 2015

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) are teaming up for a revamped documentary lab that will focus on “creative risk-taking.”

Set to launch this September, the NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab will invite four storytellers to engage in “an inspiring and rigorous creative development process” in which they take part in group sessions, peer-to-peer collaboration and individual project mentorship from Canadian and international documentary filmmaking professionals and industry leaders.

The previous two incarnations of the CFC and NFB documentary programs saw the development of eight projects, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (pictured), Yung Chang‘s The Fruit Hunters and Su Rynard’s The Messenger.

The program is open to filmmakers from across Canada with feature documentary proposals, and who have a minimum of 90 minutes of produced work in short- and/or long-format doc and/or narrative projects. Applications are now open and the deadline for the 2015/2016 session is July 6.

“Our driving force for this program is to inspire our creative community to advance the art of feature documentary storytelling,” said Kathryn Emslie, chief programs officer for the CFC, in a statement. “We are proud to support innovative and artful storytelling, talent and projects that we believe will engage and attract a global audience.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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