Doc-Making Symposium

Friday November 1st, 10:30am to 4:30pm

Co-Presented by Ed Video: Media Arts Centre and Bread Bar: Earth to Table

Friday Nov 1, 10:30-4:30, Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG)

Free with Festival Pass

Symposium One Day Pass $45/ $35 for Ed Video Members & Students

Reserve your tickets here - to receive your Ed Video Member Promo Code please email

In 2018, the Guelph Film Festival began a new initiative in collaboration with Ed Video: Media Arts Center to support local  emerging and established filmmakers through small, intensive workshops that focus on the business and envisioning aspects of documentary production: producing, financing, networking, ethics, and artistry.  We kicked off this new series with a workshop by New York producer Cora Atkinson (Don’t Be Nice), focused on the lessons of producing and working with sensitive subject matter. 

For the 2019 festival we are expanding this successful pilot into a full day Doc Making Symposium, which runs on the first day of the festival, leading up to our opening night film (Conviction). This symposium is open to all filmmakers and filmmaking enthusiasts that want to learn more about the backend workings and art of documentary filmmaking in Canada. The symposium will revolve around three in-depth and intimate workshops that dive into a specific aspect of doc filmmaking.





By editor Tiffany Beaudin (Don't Talk to Irene; Man Vs. Machine)

Editing is integral to the storytelling process, yet we rarely frame it as the art form that it is. We focus on the technical—on workflow and short cuts—when we also need to be discussing how editing brings stories alive.

This conversational-style session will explore Tiffany’s approaches to editing and storytelling, as well as her experiences cutting a range of awarding-winning films.

Bio: Tiffany Beaudin is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and has edited a variety of award-winning short films, documentaries, and features. Her credits include HBO's Academy Award­–nominated documentary short Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah (2015), for which she won a Canadian Cinema Editors award and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Some of her feature credits include Don't Talk to Irene (2017), which premiered at TIFF, and Astronaut (2019), starring Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfus. She is currently editing writer/director Renuka Jeyapalan's debut feature and a documentary about the largest art forgery scandal in U.S. history. Tiffany lives in Toronto and has a dog named Coco.

12-1:15 LUNCH





By NFB Producer Lea Marin (Unarmed Versus, What is Democracy?) and Jackleg Films Producer Andrew Connors (Sovereign Soil)

This workshop will explore the recent work of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) with a focus on demystifying the programming and creative process.  The session will identify the types of projects the NFB produces, the selection criteria, the array of filmmakers we work with, and the collaborative process.  Producer Andrew Conners will be joining Lea Marin to offer perspectives on his experience working with the NFB as an independent producer on Sovereign Soil.

Bio: Lea Marin is an award-wining Toronto-based producer with more than 18 years experience in the film and television industry. Her most recent film credits include What is Democracy? (2018) and Unarmed Verses (2017), both of which premiered at Hot Docs and screened at the Guelph Film Festival. Her additional credits include My Prairie Home, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award; The Portrait, directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis, which premiered on the BBC in 2012; and Astra Taylor’s Examined Life, which launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008.





By filmmakers Teresa MacInnes (Conviction, Seals of Sable) & Kent Nason (Trek of the Titans, Seals of Sable)

Sea to Sea Productions team, Teresa and Kent, will dive into their experiences of making documentaries with over 30-years in the industry, while exploring the documentary process from development to production, editing to the distribution. Collectively they have worn most of the documentary filmmaking hats (producer, director, editor, DOP, sound, etc.), and often a few at once. This workshop will use case studies and an insider's POV to shed light on the art of documentary filmmaking in Canada. 

Bio: Kent Nason and Teresa MacInnes formed Sea to Sea Productions Ltd. with a dream of making the films they felt were important. The husband and wife team enjoy working with young and old, providing an opportunity for people of all cultures and strata of society to share their stories. They have been the creative team on more than a dozen documentaries, which have been televised and featured at film festivals around the world.  Their most recent documentary, Seals of Sable, will be televised on CBC Nature of Things on Nov 8th. They are proud to be at the Guelph Film Festival with Conviction, a feature-length documentary produced by Sea to Sea Productions and the National Film Board of Canada, in association with Documentary Channel. For more information –


7:30-9:30 Opening Night: Conviction

9:30-12 Opening Night Party (Red Brick Cafe)

Followed by Guelph Film Festival's Opening Night Screening and PARTY!

Further details will be released on September 26th!