Support DOXA

DOXA is committed to cultivating curiosity and fostering a local and international community of documentary cinema lovers. We bring together audiences, filmmakers, and diverse cultural communities through the presentation of outstanding documentary work from around the globe. Through screenings, panel discussions, workshops and educational initiatives, DOXA facilitates a cinema culture that is curious, inventive and bold. 2021 marks DOXA’s 20th Anniversary Festival. The festival was established in 2000 by the Documentary Media Society, and our mission then, as it is now, is to support a better understanding of the complexity of our times through engaging the public in documentary media as an art form.

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We have started a donation drive to raise $20,000 for our 20th Anniversary! Our ultimate goal is to continue presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences, while also enabling the growth of documentary cinema as an art and a craft. Years ago, DOXA facilitated a youth mentorship program called DOXA Connections (formerly Connexions Youth Forum), which ran from 2006-2011 as an educational program designed to foster documentary filmmaking and storytelling skills in emerging filmmakers who face barriers in attaining their career goals.

The money raised during our 20th anniversary year will go towards rebuilding the DOXA Connections program in the years to come. DOXA Connection’s curriculum will meet emerging filmmakers where they're at and address participants’ specific interests; the program's coordinator and various mentors will work with each participant to develop a detailed plan, pushing their projects forward. Investing in the early development of emerging filmmakers is critical to creating the equitable, diverse documentary landscape of the future.

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We are also continuing with the Holdstock Fund for Documentary Engagement. With the generous support of Roger Holdstock, the Holdstock Fund for Documentary Engagement helps DOXA bring filmmakers and special guests from across Canada and around the globe to the festival. The fund helps DOXA engage its audience, not only through the presentation of ground-breaking documentaries, but also through the provision of stimulating discussions and interactions following screenings. Though filmmaker travel is currently at a standstill due to the current COVID-19 crisis, a donation to this fund now will support in-person engagement with filmmakers in the future. We believe that engaging the world through documentary cinema and critical, in-person conversation will be of even greater import, post pandemic.

"In a culture that views movies largely as a form of escapism, documentary has sometimes had a tough time, but we seem to be entering into a period where audiences are more receptive to films that document the world we live in. I have found that the level of engagement increases greatly when filmmakers and artists are present at screenings of their work. Audience members can learn about the challenges of the production, the motivations in making the films, and interact with the real people behind the film. I initiated the Holdstock Fund for Documentary Engagement to ensure that the experience of seeing a film with its creator(s), occurs more often. The intent of the fund is to facilitate the presence of more filmmakers and artists at DOXA screenings. I urge you to contribute and help us all to be more engaged."  - ROGER HOLDSTOCK

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This has been an extraordinarily challenging year for DOXA, as well as many other arts organizations. We understand that these are precarious financial circumstances for many in our community; any donation made to DOXA during this time is especially meaningful. Donations of $20.00 or more receive a tax receipt.

Making space for social change, fostering community, and championing the power of documentary cinema are at the core of what we do—and we couldn’t do this work without your support.



DOXA offers an exciting benefit program for donations above $20.00. If you opt in to our Donor Benefit program, your tax receipt will be issued for your donation amount minus the value of the benefits. To opt in, please indicate that you'd like to do so when prompted in the form below. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions! All inquiries can be directed to Development & Communications Manager, Sarah Bakke at sarah[at] 

You could become a DOXA...

FRIEND  •  $20 - $59
Recognition in the DOXA Festival program book, and a charitable tax receipt.

SUPPORTER  •  $60 - $149
A copy of the DOXA Festival program book mailed to your home, two (2) tickets to any regular Festival screening (with membership), invitation to the Festival VIP party, a DOXA enamel pin, plus all the benefits listed above.

MOTIVATOR  •  $150 - $499
Two (2) tickets to DOXA's Opening OR Closing night film and party, a DOXA mug (!), plus all the benefits listed above.

ADVOCATE  •  $500 - $999
Ten (10) tickets for any regular Festival screening(s), plus all the benefits listed above.

DIRECTOR  •  $1,000 - $2,499
One (1) DOXA Festival pass, plus all the benefits listed above.

PRODUCER  •  $2,500+
One (1) additional DOXA Festival pass, plus all the benefits listed above.




DOXA is honoured and grateful for every donation received throughout the year, whether it be a few dollars or thousands. We thank each and every donor for supporting our efforts in presenting the best in documentary. Through individual donations, DOXA will continue to build a film culture that informs, inspires, and educates. See a list of our donors here

DOXA Documentary Film Festival is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a registered charity.

Charity Number: 854305331RR0001