For immediate release:
September 3, 2019

Film industry stakeholders will gather in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — a scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site by the sea — on September 20–22.

During the 6th annual Lunenburg Doc Fest industry decision-makers will take part in panels, networking, and professional development sessions. Local and international filmmakers will connect with producers, programmers, and buyers who can help ensure the next great films get made.

“We are proud to welcome some of North America’s esteemed industry professionals to this year’s festival,” says Pamela Segger, Executive Director of Lunenburg Doc Fest. “Participating filmmakers will have opportunities to advance their work through intimate conversations with celebrated industry veterans, and feedback from experienced producers and distributors during Dock Market pitch meetings.”

Peter Raymont, Emmy-winning filmmaker and executive producer of Lunenburg Doc Fest 2019 selection Toxic Beauty, will offer strategies on navigating the evolving documentary landscape in his workshop session on September 21. Raymont returns to Doc Fest for the first time since the inaugural festival in 2014 where he attended as producer of Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children.

The festival will feature a presentation on Archival Research by producer, director, researcher Nancy Lang (West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven). Lang will discuss her work on the artist-focused films on which she has worked, including a recent documentary about Margaret Atwood. Decision-maker panels and round tables will also be on offer.

Heidi Tao Yang of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, wants to make sure great local stories find international audiences. She will bring two exciting sessions to the fourth edition of Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite at Doc Fest: “Make Local Stories Global” and “The Business Affairs of Docs.”

The Dock Market, Lunenburg Doc Fest’s signature marketplace, will host a diverse group of representatives from some of the biggest names in fact-based storytelling: Bell Media, CBC, Canada Media Fund, Documentary Organization of Canada, Mongrel Media, National Film Board, New York Times Op-Docs, and RBC among them. Connections made with these industry partners, in the vibrant coastal town of Lunenburg, create a chance for filmmakers to find the support they need to see their projects succeed.

To see Lunenburg Doc Fest’s full industry schedule for 2019, visit the INDUSTRY tab or go to

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with generous support from Canadian Heritage, The Government of Canada, Telefilm and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:


Phone:         902-523-3456

Mail:             Box 1479, Lunenburg, NS  B0J 2C0 Canada



Twitter:         @LunenburgDocFes