Happy Holidays from Team DOXA!

Happy Holidays from Team DOXA!

Seasons greetings from team DOXA! 2018 has been a year of immense change and growth for our small but tenacious team. Early in the year, DOXA  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.

In February, we bid adieu to longtime Director of Programming and DOXA champion Dorothy Woodend. Lucky for us, Dorothy remains connected to the festival in a programming advisory role.  

After six years in varying roles, Selina Crammond has become our new Director of Programming. As many of you saw during our festival, Selina is a fierce and knowledgeable programmer who isn't afraid to take a risk. Selina brings a solid foundational knowledge of documentary history, politics and practice, and we couldn't be luckier to have her.

That same month, Selina and longtime Operations Manager (and indispensable den mother) Gina Garenkooper welcomed Atenas Contreras to the team as our new business and finance manager. Atenas' experience with financial management, coupled with her passion for the arts, makes her a perfect fit for DOXA.

Finally, in October we said goodbye to longtime Development Manager Tara Flynn. We miss Tara's infectious laugh and positive energy, and are lucky that she is not too far away (over to Jazz Fest). Teresa Alfeld has since taken the development reigns. DOXA patrons may remember Teresa as the director of last year's opening night film, The Rankin File. Teresa is committed to maintaining Tara's principled approach to developing authentic relationships with our partners.

Despite all these changes, DOXA launched one of our largest, boldest and most engaging festivals. Festival 2018 saw a whopping 94 films screened, (31 Canadian of which were Canadian), 24 panel discussions along with an expanded Industry Program. As always, our festival was made possible through the dedicated efforts of our many contractors, partners, and volunteers.  

On top of our regular festival, we expanded into the world of audio documentary and launched our first-ever Vancouver Podcast Festival this past November. Through the dedicated work of our volunteer organizing committee, our staff, and countless volunteers, we offered three jam-packed days of podcast performances, live recordings, panels and masterclasses. After overwhelmingly positive feedback, and over 2000 attendees, we look forward to year two in 2019.

And that, dear DOXA supporter, is where you come in. As part of the DOXA community, your support plays an integral role in our documentary film festival and now podcast festival. Financial donations, in kind donations, raffle and silent auction item donations, volunteering - everything you do keeps us bringing some of the most provocative nonfiction cinema (and audio documentary) to Vancouver audiences. You've helped subsidize tickets for students and seniors, you've helped bring visiting filmmakers to our festival, and you've helped us offer free outdoor screenings in the summer months. For this, we offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation!

As year end approaches, we hope you'll continue to support us. Now is an excellent time to make a financial donation and receive a tax receipt - just click here. If you have other means of supporting us that you'd like to discuss, please get in touch!

Thank you for your enduring support, and we can't wait to see you at our 2019 Festival (May 2 - 12, 2019) - mark your calendars!


All the best,


Teresa Alfeld

Atenas Contreras

Selina Crammond

Gina Garenkooper