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A retreat for documentary filmmakers

Oregon Doc Camp

Basic Info
What to Expect
Presenters
Support Doc Camp
FAQs
Application

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

  • Attend master class workshops
  • Participate in panel discussions
  • 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 75 participants, and your registration fee includes programming, networking, food & lodging.

Registration

Doc Camp is a 4-day experiential retreat for up to 75 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. To attend Doc Camp, you must either be a working media professional or have a documentary feature or multiple documentary shorts brought to market or festival. If you aren’t sure if Doc Camp is the right fit for you, please reach out to us directly at doccamp@nwdocumentary.org
  • 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. A shuttle service to and from Doc Camp will be available in 2020 for an additional fee. You can sign up for this service after your application has been approved.
The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Falls is full of miles of hiking trails and superb waterfall views, as well as 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. 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.

You may choose from these lodging options in 2019:

  • Single rooms: $750 (shared bathrooms)
  • Double rooms: $500 (shared bathrooms)
  • Triple rooms: $400 (toilet in cabin, showers in shared building)

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 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 round table 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
  • 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!

Sharing a Work-in-Progress (WIP)

If you’d like to share a work-in-progress, there are a few ways to do it:
 

1) Sign up for a Work-In-Progress Time Slot

We will have Work-In-Progress time slots available to attendees throughout the weekend. Our time is limited, so you will only have 10 minutes TOTAL to screen your clip and get feedback. We hope this will lead to feedback conversations throughout the rest of the weekend.

*You must apply to Doc Camp, be accepted, and pay your registration fee before you will have the opportunity to sign up for a WIP time slot.

2) Participate in Doc Club

After you have been accepted to Doc Camp, you will have the option to send us a link to a Work-in-Progress of up to 2 hours. We will put you in contact with up to two others attendees before Doc Camp, so that you can screen each other’s work. You can then plan to eat a meal together or chat by the campfire to discuss your work in person.

*You must apply to Doc Camp, be accepted, and pay your registration fee before you will have the opportunity to sign up for Doc Club.

3) Talk Fast on Intro Night

On our first night, we will all introduce ourselves. There are a lot of us, so we have to keep it short. Each attendee will have 60 seconds to tell us the following:

  • Your name
  • Where you are from
  • What you do
  • What you are working on, or perhaps what you are looking for

*Although you won’t be able to share your film on this night, this IS your pitch moment. It’s a chance to introduce yourself and your project to the group so that you can seek out conversations later in the weekend.

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.

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 75 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.

Support Doc Camp

 

Interested in becoming an official Doc Camp sponsor?
Contact Jen Tate at jen@nwdocumentary.org

FAQs

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. It is run by Director, Jackie Weissman and Producer, Jen Tate. Sponsorship is provided by a variety of generous 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 fosters 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 the following lodging options:

  • Single rooms: $750 (shared bathrooms)
  • Double rooms: $500 (shared bathrooms)
  • Triple rooms: $400 (toilet in cabin, showers in shared building)

You may also choose to attend for 1 day and purchase a $100 single day pass. Day passes include meals, but not lodging.

What is Oregon Doc Camp’s Cancellation Policy?

You are free to cancel your camp registration for a full refund (less event ticket processing fees) until Wednesday, April 15, 2020. After this date, we will be unable to refund any portion of your registration fee regardless of circumstances.

Who Will Be Presenting?

2021 Presenters can be found under the “Presenters” tab above.

How Many Guests will be at Oregon Doc Camp?

We have room for up to 75 participants.

Slots will fill quickly, so please register early!

What Kind of Programming is Doc Camp Offering?

We are delighted to bring you master classes and workshops offered by our guest presenters!

In addition, programming will 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
  • Work-in-progress screenings that give filmmakers the chance to receive feedback from peers and presenters
  • Informal opportunities to network with our esteemed presenters
  • Tech demonstrations offered by our tech partners
  • 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?

Doc Camp 2021 Schedule will be available closer to the time of the event. For an idea of what the schedule might be like, feel free to check out the 2020 schedule below.

Doc Camp 2020 Schedule

How Can I Share a Work in Progress Selection from my Film?

So glad you asked! There are a few ways to do this:

1) Sign up for a Work-In-Progress Time Slot

We will have Work-In-Progress time slots available to attendees throughout the weekend. Our time is limited, so you will only have 10 minutes TOTAL to screen your clip and get feedback. We hope this will lead to feedback conversations throughout the rest of the weekend.

*You must apply to Doc Camp, be accepted, and pay your registration fee before you will have the opportunity to sign up for a WIP time slot.

2) Participate in Doc Club

After you have been accepted to Doc Camp, you will have the option to send us a link to a Work-in-Progress of up to 2 hours. We will put you in contact with up to two others attendees before Doc Camp, so that you can screen each other’s work. You can then plan to eat a meal together or chat by the campfire to discuss your work in person.

*You must apply to Doc Camp, be accepted, and pay your registration fee before you will have the opportunity to sign up for Doc Club.

3) Talk Fast on Intro Night

On our first night, we will all introduce ourselves. There are a lot of us, so we have to keep it short. Each attendee will have 60 seconds to tell us the following:

  • Your name
  • Where you are from
  • What you do
  • What you are working on, or perhaps what you are looking for

*Although you won’t be able to share your film on this night, this IS your pitch moment. It’s a chance to introduce yourself and your project to the group so that you can seek out conversations later in the weekend.

What are the Important Dates I Need to Know?

Join us on Friday, May 21st for a full day of online programming including a state of the industry panel, a filmmaker mental health workshop, and a conversation/Q&A  with our featured filmmakers. We’ll also have time for some virtual networking.

State gathering guidelines permitting, on Saturday, May 22nd we plan to offer a 1/2 day, in-person event for members of the documentary community in the Portland area.

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 1½ 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 do I get to Silver Falls Conference Center?

If you are traveling from out of state, we recommend that you fly into Portland International Airport. Silver Falls Conference Center is about an hour and a half drive away.

A shuttle service to and from Doc Camp will also be available in 2020 for an additional fee. You can sign up for this service after your application has been approved.

If you would prefer, you may rent a car and share driving with other registrants. Oregon Doc Camp will help facilitate car pools about a month before Doc Camp.

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.

You may choose from the following lodging options:
Single rooms: $750 (shared bathrooms)
Double rooms: $500 (shared bathrooms)
Triple rooms: $400 (toilet in cabin, showers in shared building)
You may also choose to attend for 1 day and purchase a $100 single day pass. Day passes include meals, but not lodging.

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. 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 per 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 charge your devices in the cabins, lodges, and main presentation space.

There is also a high quality projector, screen, and DVD player (no Blu-Ray) in our presentation room. Do not plan to share your work via internet stream (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) as connectivity is spotty at camp. Bring a DVD or a hard drive instead.

Who Can I Contact with More Questions?

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

 

Registration for Doc Camp 2021 is open now. Resister here for May 21st.

 

Doc Camp is a 4-day experiential retreat for up to 75 seasoned to mid-level documentary filmmakers.
In order to register for Doc Camp, you must first apply.

  • You will need to submit the application form
  • The application will include a brief bio*, a resume, and an example of current and prior work. To attend Doc Camp, you must either be a working media professional or have a documentary feature or multiple documentary shorts brought to market or festival. If you aren’t sure if Doc Camp is the right fit for you, please reach out to us directly at doccamp@nwdocumentary.org.
  • 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.

*Please note that this bio will be included in the Doc Camp program and shared with fellow attendees

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