September 8, 2015


First round of submissions will be accepted until November 1, 2015

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September 8, 2015 – CBC continues to be the destination for thought-provoking documentary content on Canadian television — and now CBC Docs is expanding to include digital content from emerging Canadian filmmakers.  


CBC Docs is putting out a call to the next generation of Canadian documentary filmmakers, hoping to inspire them to tell their stories by creating original digital documentary content for CBC. Pitches are being accepted immediately, with the first round of submissions being accepted until November 1, 2015 and content must be produced and delivered between now and April 2016. Accepted projects will be released on CBC’s digital platforms and social channels.


“We’re excited to be working with the next generation of doc-makers in Canada, and to put their work on the national stage,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director, Unscripted Content at CBC. “We hope they’ll come to us with really innovative ideas that will draw an even wider audience to short-form docs in the digital space.”  


CBC Docs’ goal with this initiative is to give emerging documentary filmmakers — those starting out in the field who have a passion for the genre — the opportunity to further their careers and engage with a national audience. CBC will put a significant focus on supporting emerging Indigenous producers and directors.  


CBC Docs is looking for stand-alone concepts which focus on a single, strong, unified narrative approximately five to 15 minutes in length. Content should be distinctive, contemporary, character-driven and relevant to Canadians. Subject matter and style maybe be broad in scope.


For further information on how to pitch, go to CBC’s Independent Producers website:



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