2018 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium

Wednesday June 13th @ 10:15am Room 53 Amphitheatre UNB MacLaggan Hall - 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

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Christine Aubé
Christine Aubé has been working in the film and television industry across the country, with multiple independent producers and broadcasters for 16 years. She recently joined the National Film Board of Canada in Moncton as a producer.

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Rebekah Chassé
Rebekah Chassé is a program consultant for the Arts and Cultural Industries Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, managing programs related to screen industries; the book and publishing sector; as well as special projects relating to arts organizations and the Francophonie.  She is also a weekly film columnist for CBC Radio One’s Information Morning Fredericton. 

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Linda Wood
Linda Wood is Manager, Film & Television Incentives at Nova Scotia Business Inc., the province’s business development agency. In her role, Linda supports clients in the Film & Television sector, managing the province’s Film and Television Production Incentive Fund and brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her clients. She is a connector, and is well attuned to the local film industry. Prior to Linda’s role at NSBI, she spent over a decade as the Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia. Linda graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and received a Master of Arts in English from Guelph University. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

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Dorian Rowe
Dorian Rowe is the Executive Director and Film Commissioner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, a Crown corporation of the province. He has been Executive Director since 2016 and for more than eight years he has directly managed television and film equity investments and tax credits for the NLFDC. He has also been on the leading edge of developing the interactive digital media industry locally, working with government and companies to develop a provincial interactive digital media tax credit. Dorian has worked extensively in production, post-production and as a show-runner in film and television, spearheading two documentary television series and working in various capacities, especially editing, on many television projects and feature films. 

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Angela Antle
Angela Antle has produced radio and television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over twenty-five years. She is currently the host and producer of Atlantic Voice where her docs have been recognised by the Gabriel and Gracie Allen Awards. She wrote and directed the CBC-TV documentary “Gander’s Ripple Effect: How a Small Town’s Kindness Opened on Broadway” and she wrote the feature-length documentary “Atlantic” which won awards at the Dublin, Chagrin, Nickel and Wexford Film Festivals and screened worldwide; including at the Berlin Film Festival.  

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Sue O'Donnell - Moderator
Sue O'Donnell is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Nursing. Her research interests include workplace health, workplace bullying, workplace policy, sickness absence, and gender and health. She is particularly interested in exploring and understanding how gender and sex influence health within the context of the workplace and experiences of workplace bullying. Sue has presented her research at international, national, and regional conferences and regularly does talks with student, public, and professional audiences. Sue is passionate about tackling the problem of workplace bullying and emphasizes that there is great need to raise awareness about this issue. Although important, traditional approaches to dissemination among academics including papers and conferences can be limiting and these resources do not always reach the people who need the information most. This reality has motivated Sue to disseminate the findings of her research in non-traditional ways, including video.

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Chris Lee
Chris Lee brings over a decade of experience working at the intersection of social innovation and social impact across the arts, disability, and youth sectors in British Columbia and Ontario. As the Manager of Grants + Media Impact Funding at the Inspirit Foundation, Chris leads the development of the organization’s grant-making strategies and funding programs, while playing an integral role in assessing and evaluating the organization’s overall social impact.  With Inspirit, he oversaw the establishment of Canada’s first dedicated fund for documentary film impact campaigns, and leads the Foundation’s investments in film production, Chris holds a B.A.H. from the University of King’s College and a M.ED. from the University of British Columbia.

Mathieu Ravignat
Mathieu Ravignat has an M.A. in Political Science and has acted in several capacities over his 12 years at SSHRC, mainly working in the partnerships team. He presently manages the team which delivers the Partnership Development grants and the Connections grants funding opportunities.