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Saturday & Sunday, September 16th & 17th, 2023 | 10am – 4pm | WFG Black Lodge, 3rd floor, Arthur Street


*Note: This in-person workshop is limited to 12 participants. While masks are no longer required to be worn in indoor public spaces in Manitoba, individuals are recommended to wear a mask in our Production Centre.


Skill Level: For beginning and intermediate filmmakers, as well as anyone just starting out, age 12 and up. Taught by a senior filmmaker with over 35 years of experience.


A two-day workshop exploring the various styles and techniques of documentary filmmaking, as well as how to develop one’s own personal documentary style. The first day would primarily be watching various clips and films, showing the full range of expressing one’s vision in the documentary medium, including cinema-verité, essay filmmaking, talking heads docs, personal portraits, social issues, and even the use of animation in documentary. The second day would explore what to look for in a subject, how to prepare for a shoot, ways to approach or deal with subject matter, and finally editing for documentary, plus post-production.


The students should expect and prepare for:

1. To watch several local and Canadian documentaries (as well as many clips) and to discuss group’s reactions and feelings with each one.
2. To learn about the various techniques and strategies needed to select material and uniquely express it in a way that brings a subject to life in one’s own personal style.
3. To come away with a stronger and more personal approach to making documentaries that are a benefit to the film as well as the subject.



Patrick Lowe is a local writer, filmmaker and editor with more than 35 years of experience. He directed three acclaimed documentaries for MTS Stories from Home, including The Wonderful Worlds of Nak (2013), Harry Nelken At Your Service (2017), and Andrew Milne Dreams of Machines (2015) which won for best documentary at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2015. He has three animated cartoon shorts: Going Ape, Gerald The Genie, and A Bit Transcendental (which was sold to CBC and Comedy Network), directed and animated twelve cartoon segments for CBC Sesame Street (1991-1996) and has taught editing workshops at the WFG (1999-2001) and the University of Winnipeg (2002-2003). He has written extensively on local and Canadian film and hosts a regular YouTube show Canflix which explores rare feature films of our national cinema. In addition to this, he is fun, entertaining, and informative, with a dynamic sense of presentation, working to make every workshop a memorable and helpful experience for all who attend.


Guest speakers also to be announced!



Notice Given: Eligible for:
At least 7 days prior to start date Full refund
7 days to 48 hours prior to start date Full refund less 20% administration fee
Less than 48 hours prior to start date No refund


The Winnipeg Film Group reserves the right to cancel any course where the minimum registration has not been met. Anyone registered for a course that has been cancelled is eligible for a full refund, Cancelled course fees may also be used towards any other Winnipeg Film Group training programs.

Assistance and accommodations are available to participants with different disabilities. Please call or email us for more information: training@winnipegfilmgroup.com

If you’re having trouble signing up for a workshop, please email training@winnipegfilmgroup.com or call (204) 925-3456 (ext 111) Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm.

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