Reply From DOXA Festival

May 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hey G,

I just wanted to take a moment to respond to your email.  I’m the Director of Development at DOXA so I handle all our relationships with sponsors and donors.
In terms of our relationship with Rogers, we have received funding from the Rogers Group of Funds since 2008 and they have been our Presenting Partner since 2009.  Rogers Group of Funds is a separate entity from Rogers Telecom with separate management and a different board of directors.  The funds are endorsed by the Canadian Media Producers Association and Telefilm Canada – who also happen to be sponsors of the festival.  They deliver $9 million in funding annually specifically targeted to independent media producers.
One thing that DOXA prides itself on is the freedom and independence we have in our programming.  Rogers Group of Funds has no say in what we program and to address your specific concern if a documentary came into the festival on any of the three topics you mentioned we would show it without hesitation as long as it met our submission criteria and was of high enough quality.
Sponsorship dollars don’t influence our programming at all, indeed there were several films submitted this year that came with sponsors already in tow, or that I knew could easily attract sponsors but we chose not to screen them because they weren’t high enough quality or weren’t a match programatically for other reasons.
The one way our sponsors do influence the festival is by keeping our ticket prices down.  Without the support of our cash and in-kind sponsors a single ticket to the festival wouldn’t be $12, it would be approximately $32.  One of our mandates is to keep the festival as accessible as possible and our sponsors, along with government funders, help us do that.
I hope that this has shed some light on our programming independence and the limits our sponsors have on influencing the festival’s content.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
David Bremner
Director of Development

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

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