The DOCTalks Festival and Symposium is an event that has been presented in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. Festival and symposium programming features documentary film screenings & talks, panel discussions, workshops, and presentations on a variety of issues related to producing, funding and mobilizing knowledge-based documentary media projects using cross sector collaborations between documentary filmmakers, academic researchers, charities, governments, foundations, and broadcasters. The festival and symposium is also an opportunity for participants to meet, socialize and network in a collegial and relaxed environment.


Stay tuned for more information.

Coming in June 2019


The 2018 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium was held from June 11th to 14th on the University of New Brunswick campus in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.


Registration Fees for 2018 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium
$75 CAD by May 31st (early bird registration fee - 3 days of activities)
$125 CAD as of June 1st (regular registration fee - 3 days of activities)
(note: Registration and fee payment must be submitted online. There are no single day registration fees.)

To register, visit Eventbrite

Note: Upon arrival at the registration desk, attendees will show identification to confirm their registration and be asked for their lunch food preferences.

Documentary Film Screening Fee
The general public are invited to attend the documentary film screenings and talks in the evening. A $5 cash admission fee will be charged at the door for non-registered attendees.


For those seeking accommodations, you can book places to stay through the following:
i) UNB Conference Services (offering DOCTalks special rates for multi-person suites):

ii) City of Fredericton Tourism (offering a wide selection of places to stay)


Supporters: University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Mary's University, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network,  Innovation PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation, Nova Scotia Business Inc., CBC TV, CHCO TV, CIMC TV, New Hampshire PBS, Maine Public,  City of Fredericton


(Subject to change, please check back for updates.)  

University of New Brunswick, MacLaggan Hall ( Windsor Street Entrance) University of New Brunswick  - Fredericton Campus Map

Monday June 11, 2018

6pm - Registration & Information
Room 53  Amphitheatre, MacLaggan Hall, University of New Brunswick

7:00pm - Welcome & Acknowledgements
HOST – Marc Bragdon, Media & Reference Librarian, University of New Brunswick
Tim Fox: President, DOCTalks Festival & Symposium Inc.

7:15pm - Opening Prayer Ceremony
Miigam'agan: Elder in Residence, St. Thomas University

7:30pm, Room 53 Amphitheatre, UNB MacLaggan Hall - Documentary Film Screening & Talk
Wi’kupaltimk - Feast of Forgiveness
The documentary film celebrates the resilience of the Mi’kmaq people, the rich nutritional resources available to them prior to colonization, the medicines and wild food that are still available, and the sacredness of that food. watch trailer

Salina Kemp: Co-Director & Graduate Student, St. Mary’s University
Kent Martin: Co-Director & Filmmaker, Unceasing Play Productions
Pamela Glode-Desrochers: Co-Producer & Executive Director, Mi’Kmaw Native Friendship Centre
Dr. Trudy Sable: Co-Producer & Academic Researcher, Saint Mary’s University

Moderator: Nicole O'Byrne, Associate Professor in Law, University of New Brunswick

Note: This is a public event with a $5 cash admission fee charged at the door for non-registered attendees.

9:30pm - Meet & Greet Social
UNB Grad House  (Alden Nowlan House is a five minute walk from MacLaggan Hall - 676 Windsor Street, Fredericton)

Tuesday June 12, 2018

8am - Registration & Information
UNB MacLaggan Hall - Room 53 Amphitheatre

8:45am – Welcome & Announcements
HOST – Marc Bragdon

9amPresentation: Why Collaborate?
Ocean School project
A joint initiative of Dalhousie University, Ingenium*, and the National Film Board of Canada, Ocean School is a groundbreaking immersive learning program to spark interest in ocean science and ocean literacy. The goal is to better understand how we shape the ocean, and how the ocean shapes us. As part of this presentation, the National Film Board will provide DOCTalks Festival & Symposium attendee's with an opportunity to physically experience the Ocean School immersive learning program in Room 18, UNB MacLaggan Hall. visit website

Jacques Gautreau: Executive Producer,  National Film Board of Canada
Sonya Lee: Science Producer,  Dalhousie University

NOTES: *Under the Ingenium brand, three national museums — Canada Agriculture & Food Museum, Canada Aviation & Space Museum, Canada Science & Technology Museum — will provide a sensory experience that immerses young and old alike in the countless ways science and technology connect with Canadians’ everyday lives.

10am - Morning Break

10:15amPresentation: How to Collaborate?
The Millennial Dream project
The Millennial Dream is a feature length documentary that explores a set of new generational values that may replace the cultural motif known as The American Dream. This project was conceived, produced and funded by New Brunswickers’ - Hemmings House Pictures, University of New Brunswick / Pond-Deshpande Centre, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Symplicity Designs, and three “impact” investors - Kathryn McCain, Marcel LeBrun, David Alston. visit website

Greg Hemmings: Producer, Hemmings House Pictures
David Alston: Impact Investor, Chief Entrepreneur in Residence - Government of New Brunswick

12:15 Lunch

UNB Grad House

1:15pm - Keynote Speaker
KENT MARTIN: From Film to 4K - Forty Years of Documentary Filmmaking in Canada
Kent Martin will take you on a journey of documentary filmmaking in Canada – as a child attending NFB screenings in local communities on PEI with his father in the 1950’s; through the glory days of 16mm filmmaking during the 60’s & 70’s; the rise of videotape production in the 80’s & 90’s; and into the digital age of a new millennium. Kent has seen and produced it all – and will offer his experience and insights on documentary storytelling over the past 40 years. visit website

 2:15pm - Panel Discussion: What are the Best Practices for Collaborative Storytelling?
Collaborative Storytelling Using Documentary Media
The panelists will explore how they are using a variety of cross-sector collaborations to research, develop, produce, fund, distribute and disseminate their knowledge-based documentary media projects and content.

Neal Livingston, Producer & Director, Black River Productions  
Dr. Mary Blatherwick, Producer & Academic Researcher, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Elizabeth Yeoman, Producer & Academic Researcher, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Moderator: Dr. Paul De Decker, Linguistics Researcher, Memorial University of Newfoundland

3:15pm - Afternoon Break

3:30 pm - Workshop
Producing Podcasts & Audio Storytelling
With easy access to personal mobile technology, producing podcasts and audio storytelling is quickly becoming an effective and low-cost way to collect, archive and disseminate knowledge. This workshop will take you into the world of creating podcasts from an indigenous peoples’ oral storytelling perspective.

 Neil Forbes, Producer & Associate Researcher, Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network

 4:30pm Closing Remarks & Announcements
HOST – Marc Bragdon

3 Hours - Evening Rest & Dinner Break

7:15pm, Room 53 Amphitheatre, UNB MacLaggan Hall - Documentary Film Screening & Talk
The Millennial Dream
The American Dream is the cultural motif that has inspired North America for the last century. Work hard, save, sacrifice and you will get ahead. America offers the freedom of upward mobility. But over the last decade the American Dream has been called into question. For many, it no longer seems to be working. As the Millennial generation becomes the most significant portion of the work force - what will change about what we want from our jobs, what education will look like, what kinds of companies will succeed in the new economy and what kinds of living communities will be desired? These themes will be discussed during a moderated talk and audience discussion. website

Greg Hemmings: Director & Producer, Hemmings House Pictures
Genevieve Coates: Online Communications, Generate Creative Consulting

Moderator: Sara Taaffe, Analyst , T4G Limited

Note: This is a public event with a $5 cash admission fee charged at the door for non-registered attendees.

9:30pm - Meet & Greet Social
Picaroon’s Roundhouse (from UNB just cross the St. John River - Wulustuk walking bridge - 912 Union Street, Fredericton Northside)

Wednesday June 13, 2018

8am - Registration & Information
UNB MacLaggan Hall - Room 53 Amphitheatre

8:45am – Welcome & Announcements
HOST – Marc Bragdon

9am - Presentation
DOCTalks Presents TV Series & Fund Initiative
This initiative seeks to explore a television broadcast partnership between CACTUS stations in Canada and PBS networks in the United States, to air documentary films on prime time television. Funding to produce these documentary media projects would come from a TV license that would include alternative funding (foundations), and trigger additional financing from government film agencies, private film funds, other broadcasters, and academic research agencies.

 Lloyd Salomone: Co-Founder, DOCTalks (Moderator & Participant)
Patrick Watt: Station Manager, CHCO TV

Cora Leblanc: Business Manager, CIMC TV
Dawn DeAngelis: Vice President & Chief Content Officer, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting Service

10am - Morning Break

10:15am - Panel Discussion
Funding Documentaries in Canada
This panel discussion will explore the various sources of government film agency  & broadcaster programs, as well as, academic research agency and charitable foundation funding that are available to produce knowledge-based documentary media projects in Canada and the Atlantic region.

 i) Government Film Agencies & Broadcasters:
Christine Aubé: Producer, Canadian Francophone Studio, National Film Board of Canada
Rebekah Chassé: Program Consultant, New Brunswick Tourism Heritage & Culture
Linda Wood: Manager, Film & Television Incentives, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Dorian Rowe: Executive Director - Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation
Angela Antle, Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

ii) Academic Research Agencies & Charitable Foundations
Mathieu Ravignat: Manager Research Grants & Partnerships Division, Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada
Chris Lee: Manager Grants & Media Impact Funding, Inspirit Foundation

Moderator: Sue O'Donnell, Workplace Bullying Researcher, University of New Brunswick

12:15pm - Lunch
UNB Grad House

1:15pm Panel Discussion
Funding Documentaries in the United States
This panel discussion will explore how documentary media projects are created and produced in the United States, and will offer some advice for Canadian filmmakers..

 Laura Azevedo: Executive Director, Fillmmakers Collaborative
Monika Navarro:  Senior Manager of Content & Initiatives,  Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Moderator: Jonathan Collicott, Director & Producer, Dark Blue Horizon Productions

Open Your Eyes Initiative
The Open Your Eyes initiative seeks to raise community awareness about a social issue, by providing a charity with access to cash and in-kind promotional support to produce a short documentary film (approx. 5 minutes) to tell their story, and an online cross-sector promotional campaign to share their story with others in the community. The first Open Your Eyes Fredericton (OYEF) recipient was the Community Action Group on Homelessness. A presentation associated with this OYEF short film and promotional campaign will be discussed to explain how it works. watch CAGH's short film

 Tim Fox : President, DOCTalks (Moderator & Participant)
Kate Rogers: Executive Director, Fredericton Community Foundation
Faith McFarland: Co-ordinator, Community Action Group on Homelessness
Gary Weekes: Film Director, Weekes Photography
Geneveive Coates: Online Communications, Generate Creative Consulting
Sandra Robb: Advocate for the Homeless, Featured in CAGH Short Film

3:15pm – Afternoon Break

Producing Cellphilms
This workshop will engage participants in creating a short 30 second cellphilm (cellphone + filmmaking). Cellphilms are an emerging participatory visual research method that seeks to reframe people's everyday media-making practices.

 Dr. Casey Burkholder: Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick

4:30pm - Closing Remarks
HOST – Marc Bragdon

3 Hours - Evening Rest & Dinner Break

7:30pm, Room 53 Amphitheatre, UNB MacLaggan Hall - Documentary Film Screening & Talk
Through the lens of professional classical musicians, Composed explores the many ways we experience and can address performance anxiety. Through their stories, valuable lessons are learned over a lifetime of professional performance, and find that we are not alone in our quest to overcome the fear of failure and embarrassment. watch trailer

John Beder: Director & Co-Producer, Bedrock Productions
Katie DeRoche: Co-Producer & Editor, Bedrock Productions

Moderator: Richard Hornsby, Director of Music, University of New Brunswick

 NOTE: This is a public event with a $5 cash admission fee charged at the door for non-registered attendees.

9:30pm - Meet & Greet Social
Isaac's Way Restaurant (a short stroll down the hill from UNB - 649 Queen Street, Downtown Fredericton)

Thursday June 14, 2018

9am to 12pm, Room 18,  UNB MacLaggan Hall – Special Meeting
DOCTalks Presents TV Series & Fund Initiative
This will be a "by invitation” round table discussion about the DOCTalks Presents TV Series & Fund initiative with interested parties in attendance (broadcasters, documentary filmmakers , government film agencies, academic researchers and agencies, and others)