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​Funding Media for Social Change - Hot Docs Conference Series

Today, social-issue storytellers are sharpening their craft, funders with finite resources are focusing on reach, and strategic innovators are creating more robust impact evaluation tools. Bringing together mission-aligned filmmakers, financiers and activists, this session offers a bird’s-eye view of the benefits for each of the key players and society as a whole. With frontline tales from the NFB, Good Pitch and Roundhouse Radio, author and change agent Tracey Friesen suggests that, given the right partnerships, media can impact hearts, minds, behaviours and public policy.


Tracey Friesen, Media Strategist

Tracey Friesen is a media strategist committed to supporting media-makers and social innovators in the creation of impactful content. Formerly an executive producer at the National Film Board of Canada, Tracey is now director of programming for Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver, a hyper-local commercial station with a community focus. Contracts with DOC, Inspirit Foundation and Creative BC led to writing her first book, Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, published in March 2016 by Routledge/Focal Press.


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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotiabank

Presenting Partners

  • logo Bell-Media
  • logo documentary-Channel
  • logo Rogers

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
  • logo telefilm

Official Airline Partner

  • logo Delta Web