Changes at DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Changes at DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Vancouver, BC – After a period of transition, DOXA Documentary Film Festival is very happy to announce exciting new changes to Festival staff and the organizational structure. 

After almost a decade with DOXA, Dorothy Woodend will be stepping down from her role with the Festival. Dorothy first got involved with DOXA as a member of the screening committee, before joining the Board of Directors. In 2010, she took on the role of Director of Programming, and then Acting Festival Director in 2017. 

“During my time with DOXA, I have watched it develop into an internationally recognized platform for the presentation of nonfiction cinema. I am very proud of what DOXA has achieved,” says Woodend. “None of this would have been possible without the dedication and extraordinary work of the DOXA staff and board. Over the years, I have had the benefit and pleasure of working with the finest group of folk I have ever known.” 

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Dorothy Woodend for her many years of service and dedication to DOXA,” says Andrea Gin, board chair of The Documentary Media Society. “During her tenure, our festival has grown by leaps and bounds, and her vision for the organization has earned us a place of distinction among film festivals around the world. Her creative energy, unique point of view, and eloquent voice for the arts can’t be replaced but we wish her the best and look forward to seeing her next steps. Under Dorothy’s leadership, we have spent several months working with staff on the restructuring of the organization. We are pleased to announce that Selina Crammond will move into the role of Director of Programming. Selina has been part of the core team at DOXA for many years and worked on projects like Rated Y for Youth and the Justice Forum, cementing both programs as critical parts of the festival. We are also happy to welcome Atenas Contreras to the team as the new Business and Finance Manager. We are excited about the plans for the 2018 festival and are more than confident that the future of DOXA is in good hands.”

“During her tenure, our festival has grown by leaps and bounds, and her vision for the organization has earned us a place of distinction among film festivals around the world."

DOXA’s new Director of Programming Selina Crammond will be overseeing the Festival’s creative direction. “I've worn many different DOXA hats over the years, all the while participating in the programming process, so it feels very natural to be taking on this role. There's no doubt that Dorothy has left some large shoes to fill. In a field that continues to be dominated by men, it's been a true privilege to consider Dorothy a mentor. She's taught me a great deal about film curation and arts administration, and I'm excited to continue to champion the filmmakers who push the creative boundaries of documentary and engage with difficult subject matter.”

Selina is joined by DOXA’s new Business and Finance Manager Atenas Contreras, along with Programming Coordinator Milena Salazar. Operations & Volunteer Manager Gina Garenkooper and Development Manager Tara Flynn round out the team. 

As part of the organizational transition, DOXA has adopted a horizontal management style that employs active collaboration and collective decision-making. Autonomy, a shared sense of purpose, and a deep respect for democracy are hallmarks of how DOXA has always operated. Going forward, the Festival would like to actively instill new methodologies of cooperation and collectivism to continue to contribute to the Canadian cultural environment, and best support the work of Canadian filmmakers. 

Planning is well underway for the 2018 Festival with a number of new and exciting initiatives planned for the coming year. 

DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 3 –13, 2018. For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.