After Hot Docs: Industry Experts and Filmmakers Share Their Festival Experience

Join us in our upcoming panel: After Hot Docs – Industry Experts and Filmmakers Share Their Festival Experience on May 25th at 5PM PST | 6PM MST.

Let’s wrap up the festival by bringing together a broad group of Hot Docs participants, from festival programmers, Deal Maker and Forum pitch participants to first time Hot Docs festival filmmakers, who will reflect on their experiences during the festival. 

This is a webinar for emerging and established filmmakers, for filmmakers who were part of this year’s festival or filmmakers who would like to find out what they missed, and what the virtual festival landscape looks like.


May 25th, 2021 at 5pm PST | 6pm MST


Moderated Panel discussion + Q&A



This event is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts as part of the “DOC Goes Digital” program.

Meet our Panel


Jessica Hallenbeck, PhD, RPP producer, cinematographer, co-founder

Jessica Hallenbeck is a documentary filmmaker and community planner. With an undergraduate degree in media and film from Queen’s University, she has worked in documentary for close to 20 years. Jessica holds a PhD in geography from the University of British Columbia and is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Canadian Media Producers Association and serves on the boards of DOC BC and DOC National.



Olena Decock

Olena Decock is an Industry Programmer at Hot Docs, focusing her energy on working with projects funded through the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund, the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund and the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund. In everything she does, her overarching goal is to help great docs get made. She is an avid admirer of social realist cinema, films about collective healing, and loves to curl up to a good ol’ fashioned music doc. Olena has 9-years’ experience working at international film festivals, including two year as the Programming Associate to TIFF’s Middle East & Africa selections. She co-produced the short DZIADZIO (d. A. Ries), which world premiered at TIFF18. Olena is fluent in French and proficient in karaoke.

Julian Carrington

Julian Carrington is an Industry Funds Programmer and Distribution Manager at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He supports the administration of the Hot Docs portfolio of funds and oversees Hot Docs’ distribution marketplace, including the Distribution Rendezvous pitch meeting program and the Doc Shop sales platform. Julian is also the co-programmer of For Viola, a BIPOC-centered screening series at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema launched in 2020. Prior to joining Hot Docs, he served as an associate programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival, and, from 2015 to 2017, managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service.

Ina Fichman

For more than twenty-five years, Ina Fichman, Intuitive Pictures, has been producing award- winning documentary and fiction films, and interactive projects. Many of her creative documentaries have been released in theatres in Canada and abroad and have played at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs, RIDM, CPHDOX, Venice, SXSW, Tribeca, TIFF and others. Award-winning productions include Amer Shomali’s THE WANTED 18, MONSOON (Canada’s Top 10) and VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT. Recent productions include STRAY, THE GIG IS UP, ONCE UPON A SEA, BLUE BOX, THE OSLO DIARIES, INSIDE LEHMAN BROTHERS, GIFT and LAILA AT THE BRIDGE. In 2018, Ina was the recipient of the Don Haig Award from Hot Docs which recognizes the work of a Canadian independent producer. She is currently chair of the national board of the Documentary Association of Canada, is one of the chairs of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA) and also sits on the Board of the Canadian producers association, CMPA. Ina is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Lyana Patrick


Lyana Patrick is a director, writer and researcher based in Vancouver, BC. She is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. Her student short film Travels Across the Medicine Line screened at the American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco) and the Native Voices Film Festival (Seattle). Two short films, A Place to Belong and The Train Station screened at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. Lyana is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences where her work focuses on the intersection of Indigenous health, planning and justice.

Joella Cabalu

Joella Cabalu is a Filipino Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival and a special jury mention at CAAMFest for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary. Since then, she has worked as a producer, supporting emerging women directors in creating critically acclaimed short documentaries, including On Falling (Tribeca 2020), Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (Lunenburg 2019), Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance 2017), and FIXED! (DOXA 2017). Currently, she is producing her first feature documentary Back Home with support from the Telefilm Talent to Watch fund.

Recently, she directed two short documentaries: Ode to a Seafaring People for Knowledge Network and Koto: The Last Service through the BC Arts Council. In 2021, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the DOC BC + YT + NWT Breakthrough program, Joella is developing Nakabingwit: First Comes Love, a feature-length.

About DOC Goes Digital

DOC  BC | YT |  NWT is a chapter of DOC National. This year we are launching a Canada Council funded program “DOC GOES DIGITAL” and are responsible for all English language programming associated with the program throughout Canada. The goal of “DOC Goes Digital” is to connect our broader filmmaking community at this challenging time, and to center diverse filmmakers within all the programming.  We are partnering with several festivals to offer opportunities for people to connect with each other, to augment the visibility of DOC, and to build relationships with partners within the industry.


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