May 11, 2022


DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program opens doors for emerging BIPOC filmmakers
[Lunenburg, N.S.] — Lunenburg Doc Fest is now accepting applications for the DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program.

The initiative, founded by the Documentary Organization of Canada, will train and guide one BIPOC, emerging media creator from each of the Atlantic provinces to promote, market and pitch their documentary project at Lunenburg Doc Fest, September 22-28, 2022, and at the Montreal International Documentary Festival’s Forum RIDM, November 19-23, 2022.

“DOC Atlantic is thrilled to be rolling out the Breakthrough Program with Lunenburg Doc Fest to serve the east coast documentary community. It’s a program that has proven its worth running for two decades in Ontario. We are excited to be a part of facilitating the powerful voices of BIPOC filmmakers in our region,” states Millefiore Clarkes, Secretary of DOC Atlantic.

The Breakthrough Program recognizes and helps fill the gap for emerging talent from the Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour communities. Selected creators will receive mentorship, take part in an educational workshop series, and expand their network through introductions to key industry decision makers.

“Fostering opportunities for more equity and inclusivity within the Atlantic Canadian film industry is vital, and we’re happy to play a part in making that happen,” said Lunenburg Doc Fest’s Executive Director, Pamela Segger.

The program begins with online mentorship and a six-week workshop series on Wednesday nights commencing June 29, 2022.

Atlantic Canadian citizens who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour and are available and motivated to advance their documentary projects are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is June 1, 2022. Selected applicants will be notified on June 8, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit:

As part of the DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program a part-time coordinator will be engaged to train with Lunenburg Doc Fest throughout this program with the objective to help carry DOC Breakthrough forward in the future. The selected mentee will be an Atlantic Canadian BIPOC-identifying administrator. Candidates applying for the mentee position should submit a CV, letter of interest, and references to by June 1, 2022.


The DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program is presented in association with the Documentary Organization of Canada, Lunenburg Doc Fest, Telefilm Canada, and Canada Media Fund (CMF). 



Lunenburg Doc Fest’s mission is to entertain, educate, and inspire by showcasing the documentary art form and creating a cultural connection between audiences and artists 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 Canada, and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.


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