DOCUMENTARY FILM PROGRAM
TELL REAL STORIES. BECOME A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER.
The demand for documentary films and series is skyrocketing. Incubate your story ideas into marketable projects with the support of some of Vancouver's top documentary filmmakers.
DOCUMENTARY FILM COURSE CONTENT
Become a skilled documentarian with the one-year Documentary Film Program. 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.
OUR STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
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.
Diploma in Documentary Filmmaking
DOCUMENTARTY FILM CAREER PATHS
Immediate employment opportunities for graduates may include:
TERM 1 PROJECT: THE BIOGRAPHY
To be accepted into the Documentary Program students must:
Meet the terms of InFocus Film School’s English Proficiency Policy
If under the age of 19, submit proof of successful completion of grade 12 (or equivalent)
Create a character-driven short doc that utilizes both cinema verite and traditional formats. This film could be a one-off project or have the potential to be expanded into a TV-hour or feature-length film.
2. DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Conceptualize a documentary series and build a pitch package with a synopsis, subject bios, and marketing and distribution plan. Shoot a proof of concept demo showcasing your visual style, key subjects and the viability of your series.
3. LIFESTYLE SERIES
Lifestyle series are some of the most popular and valuable projects in the documentary realm. Develop a marketable reality series, then create a pitch package and sizzle reel ready to take out into the industry.
4. GRADUATION PROJECT
Choose one of your previous projects and pitch it to a panel of entertainment producers. They’ll provide feedback on the viability and appeal before you move into production. With your classmates as your crew, you’ll shoot a long-form doc film or a pilot for a TV series that will serve as the launchpad for your career.
LEARN FROM INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARD OF TOP DOC FILMMAKERS
OUR STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
TALK TO AN ADMISSIONS ADVISOR
InFocus Film School is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.