Make a radio doc

Mentorship Program Step 1: Make Sure You're Eligible

If you're an up-and-coming audio producer, then the Doc Project's ongoing Mentorship Program may be an unparalleled opportunity for you.

Are you a CBC employee or experienced audio freelancer?

The Doc Project Mentorship Program is building the next generation of audio storytellers at the CBC. The program is open to CBC employees with experience in audio, or Canadian freelance audio producers. 

If you're an international or Canadian freelancer who does not meet this criteria, you're welcome to pitch The Doc Project radio show outside of our Mentorship Program. Send us your original commission or acquisition pitch at docmentorships@cbc.ca.

Do you already have some audio production skills under your belt?

The Doc Project Mentorship Program is for audio producers who have demonstrated experience in audio production, and are looking to develop their pre-existing skill-sets. This isn't the place to learn audio production 101.

How to find a great story and create a focus statement:

Do you have an idea for an amazing doc?

Great documentaries have action, scenes, characters and movement: someone interesting doing something unique for a compelling reason.

We're looking for artful, quirky, sound-rich, experimental and unique stories and treatments that push boundaries and take risks. If you're not genuinely excited and intrigued by your story, chances are that no one else will be, either.

Can you make your doc soon?

In order to be greenlit, your doc will need to be completed in the next three months. Make sure your character(s) are available and that your doc can be made in that timeline. (The most time you will be given to make the doc is three weeks; however, what we're saying here is, don't pitch a doc that you would only see yourself starting to produce five months from now.)

Still with us? OK!
Step 2: Choose a Mentor/Show

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