Oregon Documentary Camp

May 31-June 3, 2018

Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center

Sublimity, Oregon (View Map)

Doc Camp is an invitational opportunity for experienced documentary filmmakers to gather with colleagues for a 4 day retreat to:

  • Attend master class workshops
  • Participate in panel discussion
  • Screen works in progress
  • Share stories from the field and cutting room

Documentary filmmakers so often find themselves working in isolation, away from larger centers of filmmaking—

Oregon Doc Camp creates an environment for learning and support, away from the cares of home…

We have room for up to 50 participants. But slots will fill quickly, so please register soon!

 

What to Expect

Registration

Doc Camp is a 4-day experiential retreat for up to 60 seasoned to mid-level documentary filmmakers.
In order to register for Doc Camp, you must first apply.
  • This includes submitting a brief bio, your resume, and an example of current and prior work. You must have at least one feature documentary brought to market/festival, or various short documentaries brought to market/festival to attend.
  • Applications are reviewed by staff to ensure that applicants have the relevant experience to get the most out of Doc Camp.
  • You will be notified within 2 weeks about the status of your application.
  • Once approved, your registration fee will be due. This fee includes the entire weekend of dynamic programming, networking, food, lodging, and rest and relaxation in a beautiful location.

Location

Silver Falls State Park sits in the mid-Willamette Valley in the foothills of the Cascades. It’s 25 miles east of Salem and 70 miles southeast of Portland. It’ll take about 1-½ hours to drive from Portland.
There are miles of hiking trails and superb waterfall views. This is the largest state park in Oregon, and hosts a broad variety of plant and animal life typical to a Pacific Northwest Douglas-fir forest.

Lodging

Cabins and lodges are rustic, but are equipped with single beds, linens, electricity, and shared bathrooms. Rooms are available as singles, doubles and triples. There are no kitchens (each lodge does have a mini fridge), as the meals are supplied in the dining room. Bathrooms and shower are shared.

Meals

The dining room supplies three meals a day, catering to a variety of dietary needs.
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food may be requested up to 2 weeks before camp.
  • Beer and wine are available for purchase.
  • Snacks, coffee, tea, and water will be provided during the day.

Programming

In addition to the master classes and workshops offered by our guest presenters, a typical day may include:
  • Moderated panel discussions with our invited guests and other participants on selected topics
  • Small-scale roundtable opportunities to expand on the sessions or discuss work
  • Informal work-in-progress screenings, giving filmmakers the chance to receive feedback from peers and our guests
  • Pitch sessions with our esteemed presenters
  • Tech demonstrations offered by several of our sponsoring partners—cameras, edit workflow options, etc.
  • And of course, we’ll reserve time for socializing, hiking, and swapping stories around the campfire!

Restrictions and Rules

  • No pets.
  • We are unable to accommodate additional family members or friends.
  • The park is not equipped for additional camping in our reserved area outside of the cabins and lodges. There is a campground area in the park for tenting, but staying in the campground does not lower the Doc Camp registration fee, which covers our venue, meals, snacks, audio-visual services, guest presenters, equipment, and staff.
  • Alcohol is permitted outside and in the lodges only.  Bottles and cans must be disposed of in required recycling areas only.

PRESENTERS

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2018 Presenters in March 2018.

Help Support Doc Camp

It takes a lot of work to make Doc Camp happen…

We welcome donations large and small to create the best possible experience for the 50+ filmmakers who attend.

Here’s how you can help!

        Buy a filmmaker a beer:                           $25 – We will raise a toast to you at Happy Hour.
        Feed a filmmaker for a day:                     $50 – We will feature your name next to the Dinner Menu.
        Send a care package to camp:                $100 – We will praise your name over snacks at a Film Screening.
        Become a Doc Camp Mascot:                  $250 – We will post your picture around camp and tell stories about you.

Interested in becoming an official Doc Camp sponsor? Learn more here.

Please contact Jen Tate at jen@nwdocumentary.org with any questions.

FAQs 

When is Oregon Doc Camp?

Doc Camp 2018 will take place Thursday, May 31st – Sunday, June 3rd.

What’s the idea behind Oregon Doc Camp?

We doc-makers so often find ourselves working in isolation, away from larger centers of filmmaking. We wanted to create an environment for enjoyable learning and mutual support, away from the cares of home; that’s how Oregon Doc Camp was born!

Who are the organizations involved?

Originally spearheaded by Women in Film-Portland, Oregon Doc Camp is now an official program of NW Documentary. Sponsorship is provided by both organizations and individuals.

What are the benefits of attending Oregon Doc Camp?

When you bring together internationally respected documentary professionals and an avid group of experienced filmmakers for a weekend in the forest, there’s bound to be a potent mixture of inspiration, synergy, and fun that we think will foster even greater filmmaking excellence in our region and beyond.

What does Oregon Doc Camp cost?

Your registration fee includes programming, networking, food & lodging.

You may choose from these lodging options

  • Single rooms: $625
  • Double rooms: $475
  • Triple rooms: $375

What is Oregon Doc Camp's cancelation policy?

You are free to cancel your camp registration for a full refund (less event ticket processing fees) until Sunday April 29th. After this date, we will be unable to refund any portion of your registration fee regardless of circumstances.

Who will be presenting?

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2018 presenters in March.

How many guests will be at Oregon Doc Camp?

This is an invitational opportunity for experienced documentary filmmakers. We have room for up to 60 participants, besides our guest presenters. Slots will fill quickly, so please register soon!

What kind of programming is Doc Camp offering?

In addition to master classes and workshops offered by our guest presenters, we’ll include:

  • Moderated panel discussions with our invited guests and other participants on selected topics
  • Small-scale roundtable opportunities to expand on the sessions or discuss work
  • Informal work-in-progress screenings, giving filmmakers the chance to receive feedback from peers and our guests
  • Pitch sessions with our esteemed presenters
  • Tech demonstrations offered by several of our sponsoring partners—cameras, edit workflow options, etc.
  • And of course, we’ll reserve time for socializing, hiking, and swapping stories around the campfire!

Is there a schedule of Doc Camp events and presentations?

We’re working on a formal schedule at this time, and we’ll post it to the site and email it to attendees April 2018.

How can I share a work in progress selection from my film?

We will offer a chance for filmmakers to showcase excerpts of new work. We have ten slots available in the program for 15-minute work-in-progress sessions for rough or fine cuts. This is 15 minutes total, so we recommend up to 5 minutes of screen time, leaving 10 minutes for feedback. If you would like to be considered for one of the slots, you can indicate that in the application and follow the instructions for participating in this part of the program.

Where is Silver Falls State Park? What is there to do?

Silver Falls State Park sits in the mid-Willamette Valley in the foothills of the Cascades. It’s 25 miles east of Salem and 70 miles southeast of Portland. It’ll take about 1-½ hours to drive from Portland. Have a look at the links to the park and the map here:

There are miles of hiking trails and superb waterfall views. This is the largest state park in Oregon, and hosts a broad variety of plant and animal life typical to a Pacific Northwest Douglas-fir forest.

How to get to Silver Falls Conference Center?

If you are traveling from out of town, we recommend that you fly into Portland International Airport.  From Portland International Airport, Silver Falls Conference Center is about an hour and a half drive away.  We recommend that you rent a car and share driving with other registrants.  Oregon Doc Camp will help facilitate car pools about a month before doc camp.  Oregon Doc Camp does not provide shuttle service to and from the airport at this time.

What type of lodging is available?

Cabins and lodges are rustic, but are equipped with single beds, linens, electricity, and bathrooms. Rooms are available as singles, doubles and triples. There are no kitchens, as the meals are supplied in the dining room. Bathrooms and shower are shared.

Can I lower my fee by staying in a tent, my VW Van, or by bringing my own food?

The park is not equipped for additional camping in our reserved area outside of the cabins and lodges. There is a campground area in the park for tenting, but staying in the campground does not lower the Doc Camp registration fee, which covers our venue, meals, snacks, audio-visual services, guest presenters, equipment, and staff.

How are meals organized?

The dining room supplies three meals a day, catering to a variety of dietary needs – vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food may be requested up to 2 weeks before camp. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Snacks, coffee, and tea will be provided during the day.

Is there electricity for my laptop and phone?

Yes, you’ll be able to plug devices in. There is also a high quality projector and screen in our screening room, with a DVD player (not Blu-Ray.) Don’t rely on internet streaming of your work (Vimeo, etc.) though—bring a disk.

Whom can I contact with more questions?

Please feel free to contact us at doccamp@nwdocumentary.org

Registration

Doc Camp is a 4-day experiential retreat for up to 50 seasoned to mid-level documentary filmmakers.
In order to register for Doc Camp, you must first apply.
  • This includes submitting a brief bio, your resume, and an example of current and prior work. You must have at least one feature documentary brought to market/festival, or various short documentaries brought to market/festival to attend.
  • Applications are reviewed by staff to ensure that applicants have the relevant experience to get the most out of Doc Camp.
  • You will be notified within 2 weeks about the status of your application.
  • Once approved, your registration fee will be due. This fee includes the entire weekend of dynamic programming, networking, food, lodging, and rest and relaxation in a beautiful location.
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