We are always on the lookout for creative material to air on The Doc Project: documentaries that break the rules, that transport you to unexpected places or allow you to eavesdrop on someone's life.
Our priority is to showcase Canadian talent and tell stories that take place on Canadian soil. Having said that, we are open to receiving pitches from all corners of the globe. There are two types of pitches we accept: acquisitions and commissions.
Attention audio freelancers! Have you produced a sound-rich documentary, that you think would fit right in with the kinds of strange, immersive pieces you hear on The Doc Project? Is it unconventional in some way? Is it deeply personal? Does it play with sound?
If you answered yes to all of those questions, and your documentary has not yet aired in Canada, then we want to hear from you.
Pitch us your fully completed documentary, and we might just buy it from you and air it on The Doc Project. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put 'Acquisition' in the subject line. Take a few lines to introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your story. Audio files can be sent in .MP3 or .WAV formats.
Note: Freelancers should hold rights to the pieces they are pitching. CBC is open to entering non-exclusive rights agreements, so long as rights are exclusive within Canada.
If you are an experienced audio freelancer or podcaster, pitch us an idea, and we might pay you to bring it to life. We are looking for stories that are character-driven, with a strong sense of personal inquiry. There must be something at stake.
Some of the most successful docs that have aired on this program are intimate, first-person stories that inhabit a character's world. Your pitch shouldn't just give us a sense of what the story is, but what it actually sounds like. Where will we go? Who will we meet? What will we feel?
Want to pitch us on a doc idea? Email: email@example.com and put 'Commission' in the subject line. Take a few lines to introduce yourself, and include links to samples of your work. Pitch us the doc you want to make in a paragraph or less. If we like the sounds of it, we'll be in touch!
The Doc Project follows the guidelines and pay rates outlined in the CMG Media Guide.
Note: Active CBC employees are not eligible to pitch original commissions or acquisitions.* If you work for CBC and want to produce something for The Doc Project, consider applying to our Mentorship Program.
*Some exceptions may apply