AFCOOP presents DIY Doc!

After the success of last year’s One New Day participatory documentary program, we have decided to make it a permanent part of our programming lineup, though with a name change to DIY Doc.

Each summer participants will be able to attend a weekend long documentary filmmaking workshop. Afterwards they will be invited to apply with an idea they would like to make into a documentary approximately 5–10 minutes in duration. This will be a non-competitive process and the only requirement is that the documentary is relatively feasible. Once in that stage of the program, filmmakers will receive in-kind equipment and facilities from AFCOOP and ongoing mentorship.

The first step is to attend one of the weekend workshops, led by Sobaz Benjamin. Registration will open Monday June 13 and people will be registered on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop One* | Saturday/Sunday July 9/10 10am-5pm

Workshop Two | Saturday/Sunday July 30/31 10am-5pm

*Please note the workshops are exactly the same as each other—the reason there are two is so we can accommodate double the number of people. You may only register/attend one of the two workshops.

While we ask people to self-select, we want to stress this is a program for emerging filmmakers. No previous filmmaking experience is required/preferred. If you have questions about your eligibility or anything else about the program, please email Iain:

Instructor Biography

Sobaz Benjamin, first and foremost a storyteller, is the Founder and Executive Director of an innovative, arts-based, youth and adult engagement, empowerment and reintegration not-for-profit in Halifax, called In My Own Voice (iMOVe) Arts Association (2007). Sobaz is a documentary filmmaker, as well as a community developer, advocate, youth mentor, program director, facilitator, public speaker: a Social Entrepreneur.

His work has been screened across Canada and in venues and Festivals in New Zealand, Bermuda and New York. He has completed documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Sobaz uses his experience as an independent filmmaker in his community-based work with marginalized youth, adults and community.