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SIFT 2008

The 28th annual Summer Institute of Film and Television (SIFT) is a week of intensive film and television workshops running May 27 to June 1, in Ottawa. All SIFT workshops are led by top working filmmakers.


Take advantage of our Early Bird discount by registering by Tuesday, April 29.


Check out our Documentary workshops for SIFT’08.



(Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment – Genie Award Nominee – Best Documentary)


2006 Governor General’s Laureate in Visual and Media Arts, Peter Wintonick leads this five-day workshop of in-depth and passionately practical advice – a sharing of know-how, craft, stories, contacts and examples. In addition to group sessions, a limited number of short, advisory, personal consultations will be available to book.



(After the Axe – Academy Award Nominee – Best Achievement Documentary Feature)


You’ve got this idea for a documentary film. No one has ever done anything quite like it.  It could be great. Now all you’ve got to do is convince a few other people – producers, broadcasters, distributors, funding agency representatives, key crew – that they should come onboard as well.

If you’re ever going to get out of development and into production – if you’re ever going to make this film of yours – you’ll need to come up with a compelling way of talking about it.  You’ll need to write about it in a compelling way, too.

It’s a daunting proposition, no question, but it can be done.  Thousands of people have done it — and so can you.  This workshop is designed to help.


INTERVENTIONIST AND PARTICIPATORY MEDIA: Making Documentary Media That Matters with Katerina Cizek

(Canadian New Media Award recipient)


Documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek leads this three-day exploration into building media projects with partners that aim to change worldviews, lives, and policies. Areas of focus include understanding audiences and communities, telling hyper-local documentary stories with universal appeal, and creative financing and outreach.


For full details on these and our other workshops, visit: www.cstc.ca/sift

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