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Executive Director

The Documentary Media Society, a non-profit charitable society, also known as DOXA Documentary Film Festival, is seeking a new Executive Director. For the past 15 years, DOXA has produced an annual festival of documentary films featuring local, Canadian and international productions. In addition to the festival DOXA presents year-round programming in collaboration with other arts organizations.

DOXA’s Executive Director reports to a board of directors and works with DOXA’s full-time Director of Programming and other staff. The successful candidate will provide guidance, leadership and stable management for the organization, work with the board and staff to meet short and long term goals for growth and community engagement, and will create and maintain a healthy, progressive, and productive working environment for staff, volunteers and board members.

The Executive Director’s duties include the following:

  • Working closely with the board to develop short and long terms goals for DOXA, and to address issues facing the organization on an ad hoc basis. The Executive Director will also serve as a liaison between the board and staff;
  • Managing the operations of DOXA, including hiring, training and supervision of staff, preparing an annual budget and overseeing the organization’s finances to ensure that financial targets are met;
  • Planning and supervising the practical and logistical aspects of the Festival, while collaborating with the Director of Programming on all components of the Festival;
  • Working with the board, the Director of Programming. and other staff to identify and pursue revenue from public and private sources, including grants, sponsorships, and donations, and to build and maintain relationships with funding agencies, other cultural bodies and organizations, donors and sponsors;
  • Developing and executing marketing and publicity plans in collaboration with staff, volunteers, and external contractors, including the production of the festival program, the creation of marketing and publicity materials, and the execution of audience development and outreach strategies;
  • Acting as liaison and representative of DOXA with the 110 Arts Cooperative and The Post at 750 facility.

Please submit your letter of interest and resume, including salary expectations, to No phone calls, please.

Application deadline is the 26th of February 2016.

Click here for a PDF of the Job Posting

In Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The Post at 750 (110 - 750 Hamilton Street)

12:00pm - 2:00pm - A Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer
2:15pm - 4:00pm  - Screening of The Look of Silence

Ticket Information:

DOC BC Members: Free (members MUST reserve their seats in advance). 
Non-Members $25
Students $15 

Please note: All attendees MUST reserve their seats in advance. There are limited tickets available for this session and we can not guarantee seating unless you reserve through Eventbrite*

Purchase Tickets Here

DOC BC and DOXA Documentary Film Festival are delighted to host a conversation with Oscar-nominated director Joshua Oppenheimer, the filmmaker behind the ground-breaking film The Act of Killing (2012) and its companion piece The Look of Silence (2014).

The conversation will focus on Oppenheimer’s process and methodology, discussing the role of fiction, fantasy and performance in documentary practice. The session will also explore the director’s motivations, revelations and challenges faced in the 10+ year journey making The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence.

Oppenheimer’s career took off when he released his feature debut, the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, a portrait of the paramilitary groups who carried out the Indonesian genocide in 1965-66. Executive Producer Werner Herzog joined the project after seeing a rough cut of the film, stating he had never seen anything ‘as powerful, frightening and surreal’ as what was on the screen. The Look of Silence, Oppenheimer’s second feature, continues exploring the link between cinema, trauma and memory. The film revisits the Indonesian massacre, but this time from the perspective of the victim’s families. The Look of Silence recently won Best Feature prize at the International Documentary Association’s annual awards and is currently shortlisted for the Oscars.

Please join us in this unique opportunity to engage in a lively discussion with one of the leading figures in the documentary world. There will be time for a back-and-forth discussion with attendees.

We've just added two more items to eBay! Bid on tickets to the Northwest Film Centre and a gift certificate to Dunbar Cycles. All proceeds go directly to DOXA. Bidding closes on Thursday January 14th. 

Northwest Film Center - Two General Admission Tickets (x2) 

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and help create a climate in which they may flourish.

These tickets are good for any general admission Northwest Film Center screening or event. This includes annual Film Center highlight: the Reel Music Festival (January 15 -February 8 2016).​  Tickets are not valid for Portland International Film Festival.​ Tickets expire May 31, 2016.


Bicycle Tune-up - $40.00 value at Dunbar Cycles

One Gift Card for a tune-up at Dunbar Cycles (valued at $40.00). This gift card expires December 2016. Dunbar Cycles is newly located at: 195 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC. Gift Card expires December 2016. 


DOXA, along with SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and SFU Woodward's, is proud to present a series of FREE film screenings with the 2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

All screenings will take place at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. More information here.

January 20, 5:30pm 

Directed by: Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Jack Charles is self-proclaimed Robin Hood of the streets and for 40 years he's juggled a life of crime with another successful career: acting. 

January 27, 5:30pm 

Directed by: Ioanis Nuguet

A favourite of DOXA 2015, this award-winning documentary follows two siblings who are living on the street with their Romani parents. A young circus artist named Camille, who assumes the role of caretaker, offers a beacon of hope. 

February 3, 5:30pm

Directed by: Marie Helene Couineau, Susan Avingaq

This deeply necessary film explores the life and death of Solomon Tapatia Uyarasak, a 26-year-old Inuk actor and musician who died in police custody, as well as the underlying social conditions endemic in the Canadian north. 

If you didn't have a chance to attend DOXA's POP fundraiser on November 27, you can still support DOXA while getting your hands on some great gift certificates, concert tickets, and much more.  We have over 30 items available online through eBay. Auction items end in batches between December 3 - 8, 2015.  Click here to see the current list of items.  


DOXA is proud to be a community partner for the following screenings at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. 


Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 

East Jerusalem – West Jerusalem
Saturday, November 7, 9pm

Please join DOXA board and staff at this year's Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 7PM at the DOXA office.

We will review highlights of the previous year, enjoy some refreshments and welcome our returning and new board members. If you purchased a membership at the 2015 DOXA Festival, you are a voting member. The AGM will take place at our new home at The Post at 750.

DATE & TIME: Monday, November 23, 2015 | 7:00PM
LOCATION: #110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC (buzz #110)

RSVP to Tara Flynn at

*RSVP is not required, but does help us plan the meeting*


DOXA will accept film submissions starting on Monday, September 28 2015 for short, medium, and feature-length documentary films for the 15th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival taking place from May 5-15, 2016.

DOXA is an international documentary festival featuring new work selected by a jury, as well as thematic programming presented by independent curators. We are seeking submissions of short to feature length documentaries for our 2016 festival. This call for submissions is for recently completed documentary films. Awards categories include Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Canadian Documentary and the Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming.

For more information, visit the film submission page.

Support DOXA and bid on some items up for auction on eBay including Vancouver Whitecaps tickets and a Havana Gift Certificate.  Auction ends on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Click here to see the current list of items.

The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival is extremely proud to announce the winners of The Feature Documentary Award, The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming, The Short Documentary Award and The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary. The juries met over the course of the festival to adjudicate, and award the winners and honourable mentions. The award ceremony took place on DOXA’s Closing Gala Presentation of Albert Maysles’s Iris at the Vancouver Playhouse on May 10th, 2015.

The Feature Documentary Award was given to Anna Roussillon’s film Je suis le peuple (I Am the People). Honourable Mention was given to Cain’s Children. Jury members Roger Evan Larry, Randy Lee Cutler and Adam Cook stated of the winning film: “The jury was united in their admiration for this remarkable debut feature. Intimate, funny, and immersive, the film allows us to witness the unfolding events of the Arab Spring and its aftermath through the eyes of a peasant farming family living in a small village near Luxor. It is documentary storytelling at its most compelling and empathic, truly a triumph. We would also like to give an honorable mention to Cain’s Children by Marcell Gerö. Tackling the topic of juvenile murderers imprisoned for most of their lives, the film offers a graceful and moving contemplation of the aftermath of trauma and guilt.”

Jury members Mark Leiren-Young, Jackie Wong, and Vanessa Kwan awarded The Short Documentary Award to Dan Popa’s film Island and Flight. An honourable mention was also given to Charlie Tyrell’s I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! Of the winning film, the jury stated: “The stories in the film ask us what we’re leaving behind—and what lies ahead—when we travel by plane. It’s a gorgeous, poetic meditation on arrivals, departures, and the spaces between.”

Kevin Nikkel’s film On the Trail of the Far Fur Country was awarded The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary, presented by William F. White . An honourable mention was also given to Cliff Caines’s film A Rock and a Hard Place. Jury members Brishkay Ahmed, Nik Sheehan and Lisa g Nielsen stated: “The film evokes a nostalgia for the time while reflecting on our complicated past in a well-paced and technically accomplished film. This is a sensitive and optimistic exploration of two cultures, First Nation and European, then and now.”

The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming was given to Victoria Lean’s debut documentary After the Last River, which had its world premiere at DOXA. Jury members Steven Hawkins, Anna Hetherington and Jacob Saltzberg also gave an honourable mention to Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World