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The Documentary Organisation of Canada (DOC) is a non-partisan, non-profit membership-driven organisation. DOC represents more than 650 independent documentary filmmakers across Canada who participate in one of the six Local Chapters. The mandate of DOC is to promote documentaries and the filmmakers who make them through professional development, mentorship programs, networking events both on a local and national level, as to provide a national voice in lobbying.

Originally established in 1983 as the Canadian Independent Film Caucus (CIFC), DOC now represents the interests of hundreds of independent filmmakers across Canada. With its four regional branches in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, DOC is now the leading voice for independent documentary filmmakers at many levels including government, commercial industry, and grassroots.


DOC Quebec is the local chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada. Representing over 100 Documentary Filmmakers in the province, we work with our National partners to promote and support Documentary Filmmaking.

Locally, our activities include monthly workshops on creating and disseminating documentaries, creating policy based on local sentiment, representing to provincial agencies for increased support of Documentary, co-presenting FORUM RIDM at the RIDM, sponsoring Documentary screening series, sharing information such as job postings and member screenings and organizing the 48 hour filmmaking competition, the 2880 Film Blitz.


The Quebec Chapter of DOC is comprised of a wide variety of individuals working and studying in documentary, short film and other cinematic forms. Our membership includes students, craftspeople, directors, producers and educators. A sliding scale of annual membership dues allows each member to contribute according to their means.


DOC is a professional association providing members with an important network for career development and promoting the best interests of anglophone and francophone independent filmmakers across Canada. Our first successful lobbying effort lead to the creation of Telefilm Canada’s documentary broadcast envelope. Since then DOC has continued to promote the interests of independent documentary filmmakers through CRTC interventions, lobbying for better doc funding such as the Telefilm feature documentary fund, and through its participation in the Doc Summit.

A series of weekly bulletins and quarterly newsletters as well as POV magazine (free to DOC members), keeps DOC members informed about the latest filmmaking developments, important events and valuable resources. In the past DOC has been a founder or assisted in organizing such well known events as the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, DocTalk in Vancouver and in Montreal, les Rencontres internationales du documentaires de Montreal (RIDM).

DOC is only as strong as its membership. Never before has documentary filmmaking received so much interest and so many accolades. Join now and become a part of our dynamic and growing community.

Contact: Sébastien Higgins, coordinator (info@docquebec.ca)