International Documentary


Monday, June 26 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Masterclass

In partnership with Creative BC and the Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Branch, British Columbia’s Knowledge Network invites BC independent filmmakers to register here to be considered for an immersive international documentary masterclass.

Not all independent filmmakers will be chosen! A maximum of 10 projects and their proponents will be selected to participate. Submit your documentary concept and CV to be considered for the Masterclass. Selected proponents will work with top commissioning editors and decision makers from around the world to develop their projects for the global market.

Commissioning Editors & Broadcasters

Masterclass Lead

Murray Battle
Knowledge Network, Canada

Murray Battle is the Director of Original Content and Brand at British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. Recent documentary commissions include the three seasons of the award winning series, Emergency Room: Life and Death at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver: No Fixed Address, Dear Life, Shut Up and Say Something, Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, Just Eat It, Oil Sands Karaoke, Backward Class, Father Figures, Do You Really Want to Know? and Coast Modern. In a previous life, he was a filmmaker for over 30 years.

Krishan Arora
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia

Krishan Arora is a producer and consultant, specializing in international coproduction. He is currently the International Content Consultant for Australian public channel SBS Television. He was previously at the BBC in London, first as Commissioning Executive for specialist factual documentaries and then as the Independents Executive, responsible for the BBC’s strategic relationship with the Indie sector across all genres. He has worked as a programming executive for European public channel Arte and produced many documentaries for UK and international channels through independent company Antelope and now for his own company Mixing Media.

Axel Arnö
Sveriges Television, Sweden

Axel Arnö has been commissioning editor at Sveriges Television (SVT) since 1998. He was previously a newspaper reporter, working in news, feature and current affairs. Since his move to national television, Axel has been reporter, editor and editorial executive. After a short break for music studies in London, Axel was appointed as the managing editor of SVT’s flagship current affairs magazine Striptease. Later he created and managed the investigative documentary strand Dokument inifrån.

Axel has been a commissioning editor at SVT since 1998. At SVT’s documentary department he deals with international current affairs, special series and creative documentaries. He has commissioned numerous award winning international co-productions. In 2006, Axel was elected chairman of the EBU Documentary Group. He is a regular at the big documentary festivals and forums where he is frequently seen as moderator.

Erkko Lyytinen
YLE, Finland

Erkko Lyytinen is currently the Commissioning Editor at the Finnish public broadcaster, YLE. Prior to his current role, Erkko was a producer of YLE's documentary department, in charge of the in-house documentary production. Lyytinen has directed documentaries border region bachelors (2003), The North Star (2004) and Cleaning (2007) as well as several television documentaries and series. He was the artistic director of the DocPoint Festival 2009-2011.

Tom Koch
PBS International, USA

Tom Koch is Vice President of PBS International, the world-wide broadcast co-production, acquisition, distribution, and new media business development company jointly owned by public television entities PBS and WGBH-Boston. PBS International represents acclaimed television series such as Frontline, Nova, and American Experience, as well as select award-winning independent producers such as Ken Burns, Alex Gibney, Eugene Jurecki, David Grubin, Jon Else, and David Sutherland. Koch is a 25-year veteran of public broadcasting and WGBH-Boston. He is a board member of the International Emmy Committee, a founding partner of the European Television and Media Academy, and a member of the Discovery Campus advisory board.

Margje de Koning
IKONdocs, Netherlands

After finishing her studies, Margje de Koning made all sorts of documentaries for many different broadcasting companies for 12 years. In 2004 Margje became a part time teacher at the Culture & Media studies (department Film& Television at the University of Amsterdam). In August 2004, Margje became Commissioning Editor for a documentary slot of 52’ docs. This meant producing and co-producing creative single 52’-documentaries on contemporary social, social-cultural and moral issues with a strong human interest angle. Since January 2005 Margje has been responsible for the Television Department of IKON and on January 2012 she became Head of TV, Radio and New Media programming at IKON. From January 2016 IKON has been incorporated within EO with Margje as Commissioning Editor Documentaries for EO, JDocs and IKONdocs.

Karolina Lidin
Nordic Film and TV Fund, Norway

Karolina Lidin is a documentary consultant primarily engaged at Nordisk Film & TV Fond as Documentary Advisor and at Sheffield Doc/Fest as Executive Producer MeetMarket & Training. In addition, Karolina Lidin is continuously involved in mentoring/training schemes, developing projects with international potential, lately with the DocsPort Incheon, Crossing Dreams, DocCampus Masterschool, the MENA Programme for the Middle East & North Africa and the FINAS Workshop for Malaysian filmmakers in collaboration with Documentary Campus and European Documentary Network. Karolina has experience as producer, film commissioner, distributor and as CEO of Nordisk Panorama and Nordisk Forum. Karolina’s activities also include moderating the IDFA FORUM and numerous other documentary events - in addition to festival jury duty, panel & selection committee participation and tutoring worldwide.

The Process

Phase 1


February 1 – April 14, 2017

To apply, please complete the form below and attach your CV and a 1 – 2 page summary of your documentary project. Up to two proponents can represent one documentary project.

In the Link to Demo/Trailer field, provide a link to either
previous work or footage in support of your application.

Please read our
Terms and Conditions before registering.

Phase 2


April 14 – May 1, 2017

Submitted projects will be reviewed by representatives from Knowledge Network, Creative BC, and the

Up to 10 projects will be selected and proponents will be notified by Knowledge Network on May 3, 2017.

Proponents will have eight weeks to prepare for the Masterclass.

Selected proponents will be required to submit a $120 registration fee to cover meals and refreshments.

Phase 3

Workshop Begins

June 26 – 28, 2017

From Monday June 26 – Wednesday June 28, selected proponents will workshop their documentary projects in small group settings.

Full details will be provided following admission to the Masterclass.


Please fill out the information, submit your CV, and provide a summary of your project below.

  • Application is open from February 1, 2017 to April 14, 2017
  • A maximum of two people per documentary project may apply
  • Selected proponents will be notified by Knowledge Network on May 3, 2017


Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt.

2nd Proponent (if applicable)

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt.
  • Please provide a 1-2 page summary of your project.
  • Links to existing work(s) or works in progress may be provided in support of your application.
  • Applications will be assessed on the creativity and originality of your documentary project concept, and the creativity and story-telling ability of your past works.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt.

Save the Date!
Special industry event open for all filmmakers June 28, 2017 at the Vancity Theatre.
More information coming soon.