The Docs for Change program was started by the Toronto Chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC Institute).

The Ask: Design a program, process, communications, and outreach for this new program.

The Solution: Global360 worked with the project founders to meet their desire for a robust program that introduced Canadian documentaries to newcomer Canadians in order to expand audiences and media literacy. We first needed to create a selection process for participants. We decided to create Fellowships and assign dollar value amounts to each Fellowships and offer 25 positions. In order to attract applicants we designed an exciting and compelling curriculum with local filmmakers, journalists and educators. We also offered the opportunity for participants to learn how to tell their own stories. We asked applicants to answer the question, “Why Me” and to provide a photo of themselves. We wanted selected Fellows to feel proud and excited to participate and we also wanted an accountability system.

We decided to create a new website, Docs for Change where we could put out our proposed program agenda, and exciting description of the two year program. Fellows would see their own name, photo and “Why Me” statement next to their names. They would also be responsible for community blogging, adding their necessary voices to the mix.

The program: We designed the program curriculum, found affordable equipment and post production software through corporate partnerships. And we planned a showtime community screening night of micro docs produced by Fellows. Outreach to media experts resulted in guests from the CBC, Al Jazeera and Hot Docs who served as advisors.

The Result:



Multilingual Community Interpreter Service (MCIS) and DOC Institute offers an exciting media training opportunity for up to 25 selected Docs for Change Fellows. The two year Documentary Film Club and Filmmaking Program is open to all MCIS interpreters, however, only 25 Fellowships are available. The program is designed to teach the fundamentals of good social documentary filmmaking as well as techniques in community building. This includes the basics of journalism—getting and finding a good story and learning how to tell it with accuracy and integrity. As well, learning how to share our work and the work of others with our community is a key component of this program.
The amount of time required to complete year one is approximately 35-45 hours.


Over the course of one year, participants will:

Watch, discuss and critique some of the significant Canadian documentaries focusing on newcomer communities

Meet key filmmakers who will discuss their work and share insider tips about how they made their story come to life.

Learn the basics of how make a mini digital documentary to share with their community

Think about how to share Docs for Change with their communities.

The program will culminate in a DOCS FOR CHANGE conference, open to a wide audience of interpreters and MCIS’ clients. The conference will include screenings, workshops on storytelling, documentary filmmaking, and its effective use in educating the public on issues that matter to all.

25 full fellowships were available.

This program requires a two year commitment with several workshops in the first year and forming clubs and screening in the year 2

Fellowships are available to MCIS Interpreters/ translators only.

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