Documentary Summit: Toronto

When: November 3-4, 2012

Where: Ryerson University, Eaton Theatre
Rogers Communication Centre, Room 204
80 Gould St, Toronto, Ontario 

Schedule: CLICK HERE

2012 Presenting Organizations

2012 Speakers

Peter Raymont/Filmmaker

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, journalist and writer Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 documentaries and TV drama series during his 39-year career. His productions have won over 40 international awards and been screened and broadcast worldwide.


Raymont’s career began at age 21 at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal where, from 1971-78, he worked as an editor, director and producer. In 1979, he moved to Toronto and established his independent film and television production company, Investigative Productions, now operating as White Pine Pictures. He co-partnered the company for many years with his late wife, award-winning filmmaker and author, Lindalee Tracey. Their collaboration resulted in several successful documentary series and specials including the Emmy and Sundance Award-winning “Shake Hands with the Devil” and the hit 38-episode TV drama series “The Border”.


Raymont’s most recent work, “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould”, co-directed with long-time collaborator Michèle Hozer, premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and has theatrical release in Canada, Australia and USA.

Michèle Hozer/Filmmaker 

Michèle Hozer, a two‐time Gemini award‐winning documentary editor, has been working in the Canadian film industry since 1987. Fluently bilingual, Michèle grew up in Montreal and started her career at The National Film Board of Canada. In the spring of 1996, Michèle moved to Toronto and received her first Gemini in 2000 for The Nature of Things on their millennium special Race for the Future.

In 2001, Michèle established The Cutting Factory along side the audio post facility of Kitchen Sync. She has cut over 50 documentaries, including award‐winning series and films such as The Undefended Border, China Rises and Last Call at The Gladstone. In 2005, Michèle won her second Gemini for her work on the critically acclaimed feature length documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire. The film received a 2007 EMMY for Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. 


In 2006 Michèle worked on the feature length documentary A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, which earned her an Emmy nomination. The film had its world premiere at the TIFF 2007, and was short‐listed for an Oscar. After 8 years of strong collaboration Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont join forces as codirectors on the feature length documentary GENIUS WITHIN: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. The film had its world premiere at TIFF 2009, and had theatrical releases in Canada, Britain, Australia, Japan and US theaters. It won numerous awards including a Gemini for Best Biography in 2010 and was short‐listed for an Oscar. Michèle just finished co‐directing West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, which played theatrically across Canada. She also received the C.C.E feature length documentary editing award and the Amsterdam Film Festival Documentary Editing award for her work on West Wind.

Marcia Douglas/Program Manager - Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

Marcia has worked with lions and wolves and a helicopter coated in liquid latex in the name of media and entertainment. As an assistant director member of the Directors Guild of Canada, she worked on numerous TV and film projects for both Canadian independent producers and Viacom. She has produced several award winning short films and the theatrical feature Siblings which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She completed a post-graduate in Children’s Media through Centennial College. After working at Corus Entertainment in original programming she joined the Bell Fund. She is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Children’s Media Program and the Business of Film and Television Program at Centennial College and is a speaker at industry events and post-secondary institutions including Hot Docs, INplay, Centennial College and Humber College.

Stephanie McArthur/Doc Ignite

In addition to managing the Hot Docs forum & market events since 2008, Stephanie manages the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for African filmmakers and Hot Docs' own crowd-funding initiative Doc Ignite. Previously she worked in Singapore as Associate Producer of the Asia Factual Forum (2007); was Head of Programming for the inaugural DocFest Stratford (2008); and served a four year term on the Toronto Fringe Festival 'Best of the Fest' Jury beginning in 2007.


Lisa Fitzgibbons/DOC Executive Director

As Executive Director of The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), she oversees the country’s leading arts service organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and developing the art form and business of documentary media.


As a national non-profit with charitable status, DOC National is a vigorous professional association, providing approximately 800 members with an important network of peers and supporting their professional development through workshops, mentorship programs, guest lecturers, conferences, Point of View Magazine, DOC Space, a members list serve and more. DOC represents directors, producers and craftspeople in eight regional chapters. 


Lisa will be leading a discussion of the new Fair Dealing laws and how they apply to documentary filmmakers.

Avi Federgreen/IndieCan Entertainment - Distributor 

Avi Federgreen’s nearly 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry feature many highlights, from music videos to TV series to full-length feature films. 

Federgreen’s current releases include Still directed by Michael McGowan, Random Acts of Romance directed by Katrin Bowen and the first ever Canadian fully financed 3D feature Dead Before Dawn directed by April Mullen. 

Federgreen's other producing credits include the opening night film at TIFF 2010, Score: A Hockey Musical, Moon Point, I’m Yours, George Ryga’s HUNGRY HILLS, One Week, High Life, Leslie, My Name Is Evil, and the documentary As Slow as Possible.

In November 2011, Federgreen opened his own film distribution company INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT.  The company services not just up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, but also those indies making films in a lower budget bracket who have otherwise virtually no chance to shine in a market of big studios, distributors and exhibitors. 


Robin Smith/KinoSmith, Inc. - Distributor

Robin is the owner and President of KinoSmith Inc. – Canada’s premiere boutique distribution and film marketing company. Founded in 2007, KinoSmith was created as a boutique distribution company that acquires and services a variety of fictional and non-fictional projects. KinoSmith is also the proud home of the Hot Docs Collection on DVD. KinoSmith currently has a theatrical output arrangement with Anchor Bay Films in Canada and has also be retained by larger distribution companies such as FilmOption International, Alliance Films, TVA Films and Phase 4 Films to assist in the marketing and release of a variety of their product. KinoSmith also offers marketing advice to productions in development and in the can, as well as acting as Executive Producer on a variety of upcoming Canadian feature film and television product. Robin brings a strong background of over 19 years of film, video and arts-related work to his new company.



Sean Cisterna/Filmmaker

His 2011 feature film road trip comedy, Moon Point, featuring a number of well-known Canadian stars, played the festival circuit (Cinefest Sudbury, Film North, Calgary International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, and more internationally) to great success, winning several awards. Moon Point was acquired for broadcast television by The Movie Network, as well as a national DVD/digital home video release through Anchor Bay Entertainment.


A graduate of York University’s Film and Video Production/Screenwriting program, Cisterna began his directing career behind the camera on the PBS Kids’ show, Ricky’s Room (1999-2001). After directing commercials and on-air promos for Corus Entertainment for four years, he produced the feature film My Brother’s Keeper (2004) starring Aaron and Shawn Ashmore. In the fall of 2007, Cisterna was given a greenlight by YTV to co-produce and direct the teen musical, King of the Camp (2008). His current project, 30 Ghosts, is a feature documentary on a struggling paranormal investigator. The film will be released theatrically in 2013 through IndieCan Entertainment Inc.


Deborah Palloway/Editor

Deborah Palloway is a two-time Gemini winner and specializes in social documentary projects. She has worked extensively with director, Shelley Saywell on films including: A Child’s Century of War; Fire and Water; and Rape: A Crime of War. Deborah also has a passion for editing arts documentaries and recently edited Moving to Music, The two Muses of Guillaume Cote.

Manfred Becker/Filmmaker

After coming to Canada from his home country German in the mid-80’s, Manfred soon worked alongside filmmaker Peter Watkins at the NFB on his epic ‘The Journey’ (Berlinade, TIFF etc.). In the 1990’s, Manfred spend in dark edit suites helping others to sort out their story (Sturla Gunnarsson’s ‘Gerrie and Louise’, Nettie Wild’s ‘A place called Chiapas’, Paul Jay’s ‘Hitman Hart’). 


Early in 2000 Manfred stepped into the light and created his own stories. Since then he has made a dozen documentaries, about psychoanalysis, the birth of state sponsored terrorism to dark tourism that have been seen by audiences around the globe and have been recognized with a number of awards. His personal film, ‘fatherland’ premiered at HotDocs in 2007 and went on to receive the Donald Brittain Gemini.


Manfred is a former executive member of the Documentary Association of Canada, a juror at Hot Docs, served as editor of the film magazine POV, and was a programmer for the annual 'Rendez-Vous with Madness' film festival in Toronto.

Manfred also teaches film at York University where he is pursuing a doctorate in media studies, and gives workshops around the country on various aspects of documentary filmmaking. He continues to write and/or edit for colleagues like Barry Stevens’ (‘Offspring’, ‘The Prosecutor’) and Thomas Wallner (‘The Guantanamo Trap’).

Nick Sewell/Animation-VFX

Nick Sewell is a Toronto-based designer and director.  As a veteran of over 10 years in motion graphic design, Nick has created work for a diverse range of clients including documentary and feature filmmakers, network broadcasters and advertising agencies. His work has appeared in numerous graphics and post-production publications such as StashDesign In MotionApplied Arts AnnualM21 and Boards magazines and has also earned acclaim internationally, including over 16 Promax Broadcast Design Awards. Since 2009, Nick has served as Creative Director at the Creative Post group of companies, specializing in motion graphics, visual effects and finishing for film and television.


Hector Herrera/Animation-VFX
Hector is a creative director and animator living and working in Toronto. Having headed the design teams of several award winning studios (Cuppa Coffee Animation, The Studio Upstairs and Trace Pictures) he now freelances as a creative director, designer and animator.

With over 13 years experience in broadcast design, Hector has created work for a diverse range of clients that include Cartoon Network, SpikeTV, BBC, and CTV as well as advertising agencies such as JWT, Ogilvy and FBC among others.
His film and documentary work ranges from projects like David Cronenberg's Spider, Empire Of The Word, The Antarctica Challenge, The Nature of Things and Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children based on Ret. Gen. Romeo Dallaire's book of the same name.
He is a founding partner of animated content production studio Together: Words + Picture for Art and Culture where he has directed several animated music videos and short films.

His work has been showcased in several design publications such as Stash, Design In Motion, Applied Arts and Boards magazine and has garnered several BDA gold, silver and bronze awards.
Hector is also an instructor in the illustration program at the Ontario College Of Art and Design.

Jonny Bunning/Social Media & Marketing

Jonny entered Canada in 2009 on the Film Market Access program working on Doe Eye Media Productions’ Made in Canada documentary. Upon completion of the project, he used his background in creative marketing to maintain the social dynamic for the film, which has evolved into a forum for championing Canadian content. Using these digital tools he now provides engagement strategy and content creation for filmmakers on the festival circuit at events, including Hot Docs, Inside Out, VIFF, TIFF, CFC Worldwide Shorts Film Festival and Reel Asian.

Shane Harvey/Composer

Shane is an award-winning film and television composer and documentary filmmaker who has worked with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Warsaw National Orchestra on numerous film projects including the cult film classic CLEARCUT. Shane worked with the late great jazz legend Moe

Koffman on the feature film THE SHOWER.


Shane’s feature length docmentary PAPER PROMISES was his first film that looked at the life of Larry Harvey, the director’s father. Larry was a highly touted country music singer-songwriter in the 1950’s and early 1960’s who decided to hang up his guitar and move from Nashville to Toronto where he raised two daughters and a son with his wife and worked in an industrial parts factory until he retired.


As a singer/songwriter he penned  “GotA Hold On Me”, a song featured in New Line Cinema feature film FINAL DESTINATION 3. His song

RICKY won the National MUCH MUSIC songwriting contest.