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Doc Talk

  • NIFCO (Red House) 40 Kings Road St. John's, NL, A1C 1N7 Canada (map)

Meet the women behind the camera of some of the industry’s most compelling documentaries. Learn how documentaries can be used to entertain, educate, effect social change, and serve as a form of activism and why women are leading the world of documentary filmmaking.

This panel will feature Christy Garland (What Walaa Wants), Laura Marie Wayne (Love, Scott) and Lea Marin (What Is Democracy).



Christy Garland

Christy Garland has directed award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary features and fiction shorts. What Walaa Wants premiered at the Berlinale, where it was shortlisted for two prestigious awards, the Glashütte Prize and the Amnesty Film Award. It won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs and has been nominated for the DGC Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary.

Based in Toronto, she often co-produces with the Nordic countries. Distributed worldwide, Garland’s observational films deliver strong stories, unforgettable characters, and universally felt themes. Award winner The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song (2012, Hot Docs, Sheffield), garnered rave reviews (The Globe and Mail described it as “echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes”). Cheer Up (2016, Hot Docs, DOC NYC) was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, and called “a biting portrait of young womanhood” by VICE Magazine.


Laura Marie Wayne

Laura Marie Wayne is the first Canadian to graduate from Cuba’s renowned cinema school (EICTV) and her short films have been featured in festivals across Europe, North America and the Caribbean. Laura creates in the tradition of “personal cinema,” drawing from her own lived experience as the primary palette with which to paint. In 2015, she was selected by Hot Docs as an up-and-coming Canadian filmmaker, and her lyrical memoire film, Most of Us Don’t Live There (2015), premiered in competition at DOK Leipzig. Originally hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Laura holds degrees from the University College London (UK) and Mount Allison University (Canada). Love, Scott (2018) is her first feature-length film.


Lea Marin

Lea Marin is an award-winning Toronto-based producer with more than 18 years’ experience in the industry. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab, Lea joined the National Film Board of Canada as a producer in 2006.

Her most recent film credits include Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses, which won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2017. Other credits include Chelsea McMullan’s My Prairie Home, and Astra Taylor’s Examined Life.

Lea recently completed production on Taylor’s follow-up to Examined Life, the feature doc What Is Democracy?, which will premiere at TIFF 2018.


Annette Clarke


Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer committed to collaborating with artists to tell powerful, transformative stories. As Executive Producer for the NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic Studio, Annette has met cacao farmers in Belize, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered bluefin tuna, rock-star chefs decrying food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books. Select producer credits include Vive la rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light (2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award), Gun Runners (2015, Hot Docs), Theater of Life (2016, Berlin), Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF). Annette’s current productions reflect on the human condition inside Nova Scotia prisons, along the Brazilian Amazon, on Fogo Island and through the story of 11 young girls in northern Kenya who make legal history.

Earlier Event: October 18
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