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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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