The one-year Advanced Documentary Program will refine your storytelling skills through the development of multiple projects, all the while perfecting your business, presentation, and sales acumen. After three terms you will have extensive skills, experience and knowledge, and a slate of marketable projects including:
- Short-form documentary (10 minutes)
- Documentary series (including demo and pitch package)
- Lifestyle series (including sizzle reel and pitch package)
- Long-form documentary film or a series pilot (30-60 minutes)
Hone your creative talent and master your pitching skills to produce a short-form documentary, as well as market-ready concepts for a documentary series and a lifestyle series. One of these projects will be expanded into your graduation project, a long-form documentary or a series pilot, that you will pitch, shoot and edit.
Pitching is a core element of the program. You will be pitching each project to panels of high-level producers and production studios reps. Gain the experience and skills necessary for getting your ideas commissioned, funded, and produced. Network with Canada’s top documentary professionals and learn how to access distribution channels to successfully deliver your projects to an audience.
Emerging or mid-career creative professionals applying for this diploma program must have either a post-secondary education or a body of work in film, writing, documentary or factual television, journalism, or a related field. Additionally, the personal statements submitted on the application form as well as through an interview also assess an applicant’s eligibility. A portfolio of creative work is also required.
InFocus alumni win awards, receive grants, and often make the selection of prestigious festivals right out of school. In addition, the producers and industry mentors you work with will be your best references after graduation and will help connect you to broadcasters, buyers, and commissioners, greatly accelerating your career in film, television, and streaming.