BravoFACTUAL Partners with Documentary Organization of Canada on New Festival Concierge Consultation Service

— February 26, 2015

– BravoFACTUAL award recipients to gain access to Festival Concierge service, including one-on-one individual consultation with industry leaders –
– Next BravoFACTUAL submission deadline April 1 –

TORONTO (February 26, 2015) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today it has partnered with Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) to offer the innovative consultation service, Festival Concierge. In an effort to help shine a spotlight on Canadian filmmakers, DOC’s Festival Concierge, the first member-based film organization in Canada that provides this type of service, connects industry professionals with filmmakers to assist in the navigation of the festival submission process. The next two cycles of BravoFACTUAL award recipients will automatically gain complimentary access to the Festival Concierge service, a monthly e-newsletter, and priority access to all Festival Concierge webinars and workshops. “We are thrilled to partner with industry champions DOC to offer this accessible and incredibly useful service,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Continuing to establish relationships that strengthen BravoFACT’s web of supportive networks allows us to provide increased value to the Canadian filmmakers we work with.” “The BravoFACTUAL program is a wonderful opportunity for documentary filmmakers to get their work produced and out there,” said Pepita Ferrari, DOC’s Interim Director. “We’re thrilled BravoFACTUAL felt as we did, that this is a natural collaboration that will help shine a light on the great work being done by Canadian documentary filmmakers.” Since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT-supported films have enjoyed success both at home and abroad. Most recently, it was announced that BravoFACTUAL funded documentary I Thought I Told You To Shut Up! by Director Charlie Tyrell is set to make its world premiere at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The next submission deadline for BravoFACTUAL is April 1, 2015. The next submission deadline for BravoFACT is June 12, 2015. For information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.

About The Documentary Organization of Canada

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the collective voice of independent documentary makers across Canada. DOC is the premier organization for Canadian documentary advocacy, analyzing policy, conducting insightful research and speaking up at all levels of government to help Canadian documentary flourish.DOC helps Canadian documentary-makers get their work made and seen. We offer top-notch professional development and networking opportunities through our workshops, master classes, mentorship programs, services and benefits. Our vibrant network of professionals is connected coast-to-coast by an ever-humming members’ discussion group. The services we offer DOC members reduce their business costs and connect them to top industry players.

 About BravoFACTUAL

Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported over 1,500 short-form scripted narrative projects across the country.  In 2013, Bell Media introduced BravoFACTUAL, a funding program for short documentary projects.

About BravoFACT
Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported over 1,500 short-form projects across the country. bravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found at www.bravofact.com.

About Bravo

Bravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca.

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