Only 3 spaces remain in our Documentary Workshop for youth ages 11 to 18! To register go to

On September 6th the workshop kicks off with a free tour of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where participants will have an opportunity to research and brainstorm a topic of interest. The participants will then work together to film and edit their documentary on the mornings of September 13th and 14th. The final product will be screened at The Pearl Theatre, 2pm on September 21st!

A family-friendly feature length documentary will screen after the youth films showcase.

We thank the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic for offering a free tour of the museum and for hosting the Youth Workshop’s aspiring filmmakers.


The Festival is honoured to have Tim Reeves-Horton as lead mentor of the Youth Workshop.

Tim is a media specialist with television credits including documentaries for CBC and National Geographic Channel and award-winning videos for clientele such as Parks Canada, Ontario Arts Council and United Way. Tim is also a licensed teacher recognized with provincial and national awards. Tim heads up Lighthouse Media Group’s video production department and works in schools to promote media literacy.


We are proud to have the participation of two junior mentors, Sam Maskell and Braden Newell.

Sam Maskell is a student at Parkview Education Centre. Sam won Second Prize at Lighthouse Media Group’s S-Video Fest — the South Shore Student Video Festival — with his stop-animation video and First Prize for animation at S-Video Fest for his video addressing the issues of bullying. Since then, he has been producing and editing videos for various community organizations and events, such as a video for South Shore Regional Hospital, the One Billion Rising event in 2013, a Spiritual Awareness event, a video for fire departments in Lunenburg County, a video production of the Afterglow event in Bridgewater in 2013, and a video poem for a community member. In 2013, Sam produced a documentary, entitled “Sinking the Bluenose”, about the NDP’s school budget cuts, focussing on Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg. Same received Second Place – Best Documentary in the NBC Universal Viewfinders Festival in 2013. It also won First Prize for Best Live Action video in the Junior/Senior High category in S-Video Fest. Sam’s most recent project was a short documentary about the latest production by South Shore Players, which was featured on South Shore Now.

Braden Newell is a youth film maker and anti-bullying activist with passion for computers. He does web design, graphic design, layout design, sound engineering and of course filming. He creates primarily social awareness films about bullying and other issues in partnership with the Lunenburg County RCMP/SchoolsPlus Youth Advisory Committee as well he films different public events. He begun filming in 2010/2011 and gradually worked up to making filming a full hobby, passion, and business: Tragon Productions. He loves filming because it allows his creative ability to flourish. To date Braden has won 2nd place in animation, tie for first place in live action, and winning first place in 2014 in live action all during different years in the South Shore Video Festival.


The Lunenburg Doc Fest Youth Program is proud to host Guest of Honour, Logan MacGillivray. We featured Logan on our blog: Logan’s documentary, Listen to the Children, will screen on Saturday, September 20th at The Pearl Theatre.

Logan MacGillivray of Bedford, Nova Scotia is a youth documentary filmmaker. Logan made an award-winning film about the hardships children face in Northern Provence, Sierra Leone and spearheaded the project that sent a 40 foot shipping container filled with educational, building and recreational materials to refurbish seven schools and build a community resource centre for students and teachers at the cdpeace headquarters at Mayagba, Sierra Leone. It is our pleasure to feature Logan and his passion project and film Listen to the Children.


Danielle graduated from the University of King’s College with a combined honours degree in Journalism and French in 2012, and has since been pursuing a career in documentary film in the beautiful town of Lunenburg. Danielle is one of eight recipients of the 2014 documentary Doc Accelerator scholarship awarded by Hot Docs, a revered Canadian International Documentary Festival. Fairly new to the documentary film scene, Danielle is excited to work in the youth program to inspire others to pursue a similar creative career path, and to showcase the young local talent that exists on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.


The Youth Documentary Workshop is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to tap into imagination, unleash creativity and share an original story.

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