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Documentary Pre-Production for Women & Non-Binary Folks

VIVO Media Arts Centre

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 10:00 AM - Tuesday, 7 July 2020 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

Documentary Pre-Production for Women & Non-Binary Folks

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Regular Rate   more info 2 Tickets 23 Jun 2020 $55.00 $2.92 $2.90
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2 Tickets 23 Jun 2020 $35.00 $2.22 $1.86
COVID rate: Pay-What-You-Can
Suggested $25. The instructor is offering this by-donation option for those facing reduced personal income due to COVID-19 and cannot afford the Regular Rate. Those who can afford the Regular Rate at this time should continue to use it, as it goes directly to helping pay for the instructor.
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This workshop will take place over video conferencing.


Documentary Pre-Production for Women & Non-Binary Folks


Allow the best version of your story to come through by refining your proposal and building your budget with producer-director Joella Cabalu.

6 hours total over 3 sessions, online // $55, or $35 with any VIVO Producer Membership

BY DONATION for those facing reduced income due to COVID-19


Session 1: Tue June 23, 10am-12pm
Session 2: Tue June 30, 10am-12pm
Session 3: Tue July 7, 10am-12pm

 All times are Pacific Time



  • Participants must bring a draft of their 1-page proposal, explaining their documentary idea--what the story is, and how you'd like to tell it. 
  • To join the workshop, download the free Zoom Desktop Client. Go to and click on the Download button under "Zoom Client for Meetings". It's best to have the most up-to-date version (Version 5.0.2). 


This workshop is for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) and non-binary folks who want to learn how to develop their documentary project or who are seeking further guidance in doing so.


Learn about story development and budgeting and how these inform your process. Through presentations, you'll also learn production terms and how to communicate your vision with your team. During group discussions, participants will work through real life case studies provided by the instructor and make progress on your own project.


When filming a documentary, a lot of unexpected things can happen. Preparing properly allows you to respond creatively and with sensitivity, focusing on the moments that matter.


Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary as a producer and director, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Since then, she has developed a track record as a creative and collaborative producer working with emerging women directors on compelling short documentaries, including Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (Lunenburg 2019), Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance 2017), and FIXED! (DOXA 2017). Her most recent producer credit is the Telus supported short documentary On Falling which celebrated its World Premiere and a Best Short Documentary nomination at Tribeca 2020. Currently, she is producing her first feature documentary Back Home with support from the Telefilm Talent to Watch fund and leading the curated photography project First Photo Here with the National Film Board Digital Studio.



Questions? Email us at or call 604-872-8337, ext. 5

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Sign up to for an Extended Producer Membership -- if you're taking more than one workshop, it's totally worth it!

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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 10:00 AM - Tuesday, 7 July 2020 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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