To You and Yours, from the DOXA Team!

The folks at DOXA would like to say Happy Holidays!

The challenge of 2020 cannot be understated. We cancelled our Festival in May due to the pandemic, only to bring it back, wholly virtual, for nine days in June. Being unable to connect in person with filmmakers, guest curators, and audiences was a great loss. However, in tried and true fashion, documentaries from all over the world (67 in total) brought comfort, told thrilling stories, and taught us anew. In addition to the films themselves, we were proud to host live Q&As, a cinematography masterclass with the renowned Iris Ng, and lively roundtable conversations. We’re grateful to all participating filmmakers and partners for taking a chance on our online presentation—we know it’s been a lot to navigate!

Furthermore, we also launched our first ‘At Home’ edition of Vancouver Podcast Festival this past November. Though slightly refined in its programming in light of COVID-19, this year’s VanPodFest still offered five days worth of live events, workshops, panels, as well as our first-ever pitch session!

Our small but mighty team extends a big thank you to all of DOXA’s supporters for continuing to bolster independent documentary cinema and audio documentary, particularly during this time of uncertainty and upheaval. We couldn’t do this work without you. Your support plays an integral role in our documentary film festival and podcast festival. Financial donations, in-kind contributions, volunteering—everything you do allows us to continue bringing some of the most provocative and essential nonfiction cinema and audio documentary to local audiences. For this, we offer our heartfelt appreciation!

2020 has been packed with events ripe for reflection (whether we're ready to look back, who can say...), and it certainly makes us look forward to the refresh and restart that the new year can bring. For the DOXA team, we’re keenly looking forward to our 20th Anniversary festival! As we come to this year's end, we hope you'll continue to support DOXA and extraordinary non-fiction storytelling. Now is a great time to make a financial donation and receive a 2020 tax receipt; just follow this link here!

Thanks again for your enduring support, and we hope to see you at DOXA 2021 (May 6-16)! 

Atenas, Selina, Gina, Sarah, and Dharra

(Yes, we took this group photo on Google Meet.)