Western Documentary Unit

With offices in Vancouver and Edmonton serving British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Western Documentary Unit has offices in Vancouver and Edmonton. We produce and co-produce linear documentary films, from short to feature length. The filmmakers we work with are as diverse as the places they come from, and represent a combination of emerging, mid-career and established creators with one shared goal: to make creative, engaging, relevant works that reflect their unique points of view. We strive to produce signature work in which the craftsmanship of the creative teams is of the highest level, and within that frame, we work diligently to ensure diversity of voice, stories and storytelling styles from across Western provinces.

The unit has approximately 15 projects underway at any given time: from early development to production to post-production and release. We strive to make projects that are evergreen: both timely and timeless. We are interested in documentary projects that are strongly linked to their creators. We are fueled by stories that reflect our region. Past projects include popular and ground-breaking work such as the musical documentary The Road Forward by Marie Clements, Because We Are Girls by Baljit Sangra and Christopher Auchter’s Now is The Time. Our projects embrace point-of-view storytelling best captured in the answer to the following three questions: Why you? Why now? Why this story?

We accept project proposals on an ongoing basis and review them three times a year: deadlines are October 15, February 15 and June 15. We prefer to review projects at an early stage of pre-development.

What you should submit:

For directors (100% NFB productions)
• Identify what stage the project is at along with your goals for working with us.
• Project synopsis (2-10 lines)
• Project Overview (1–3 pages) of the story, including a sense of your creative approach and your point of view: Why you? Why now? Why this story?
• Include your CV and samples of or links to previous work.

For co-producers (national and international)
• Everything listed above and a development budget, financing (confirmed and anticipated), and chain of title documentation.

Indigenous projects
We are accepting projects featuring Indigenous stories and subject matter only if they are directed by Indigenous creators.

Western Documentary Unit
250 – 351 Abbott Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 0G6

Shirley Vercruysse
Executive Producer, Western Documentary Unit
Teri Snelgrove
Producer, Western Documentary Unit
Chehala Leonard
Producer, Western Documentary Unit
Coty Savard
Producer, Western Documentary Unit
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