Elizabeth is teaching a workshop at the 2020 Berlinale Film Festival

March 02, 2020

On February 25, an “Archive Day” will take place for the first time in Germany, featuring a mix of social and thematic components. Twelve of the most renowned international film archives will be on hand to inform market attendees about their collections and field concrete enquiries. 

Visual researchers Elizabeth Klinck (CA) and Monika Preischl (D) will co-moderate a talk treating the professional work of archival research, the role of archive producers and licensing. Additionally, a conversation between representatives from archives and production companies will compare the differing approaches to archival research found around the world. In the scope of a special sneak preview, rbb, ARTE, zero one film and bauder film will be presenting the first episode of Berlin 1945, a documentary series composed entirely of archival materials.


Elizabeth Klinck Receives Academy Board Tribute for Achievements in Archival Research

April 20, 2019

Archive researcher and producer Elizabeth Klinck received an Academy Board of Directors Tribute at the 2019 Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Awards at the end of March.

“Elizabeth Klinck is the filmmaker’s secret weapon",” said producer Janice Tufford in her introduction at the awards ceremony. “In her role as Archive Producer, she’s worked on hundreds of films. She’s renowned for her ability to forage in the far corners of the world to find just the perfect image or piece of music. The directors and producers who come calling for her services -- everyone from Sarah Polley to Werner Herzog -- attest that their films are incomplete without her presence.”

Elizabeth is featured in the January/February of Realscreen

February 27, 2019

Elizabeth was interviewed by Realscreen in a roundtable discussion about the reemergence of the documentary art form and the demand for archival content. The article is in the January/February edition of Realscreen. To read the full article please click read more. 

Elizabeth to sit on the International Jury at the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

February 27, 2019

The International Competition section of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival presents 10 films of over 50’ that compete for the Golden Alexander and the Special Jury Award. The Golden Alexander award is accompanied by a €8,000 cash prize and the Special Jury Award is accompanied by a €2.000 cash prize.


The five-member International Jury called to judge the films of the International Competition section is composed of:

Ally Derks, former Founder-Director IDFA (The Netherlands)

Elisabeth Klinck, Visual Researcher (Canada)

Sergi Doladé, Director MEDIMED (Spain)

Simon Lereng Wilmont, Film director (Denmark)

Panayotis Evangelidis, Film director, Scriptwriter (Greece)

Elizabeth Klinck to receive the Academy Board of Director's Tribute

February 25, 2019

Ms. Klinck’s career as a visual researcher has spanned more than three decades and has included work for directors including Werner Herzog, Jennifer Baichwal, Donald Brittain and Alanis Obomsawin, amongst many others. She is a three-time winner of the Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research at the Canadian Screen Awards as well as contributing to films that have won Emmy, Peabody and Academy awards. Ms. Klinck is a founding chairperson for the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada.

Elizabeth has been nominated for the 2019 CSA Barbara Sears' Visual Research Award

February 07, 2019

Elizabeth is honoured to be nominated for her work on You Are Here: A Come from Away Story with colleague Mike Lalonde. You are Here was made by MDF Productions and broadcast on CTV. 

Upcoming 2018 TIFF Premieres

August 06, 2018

Elizabeth is delighted to have worked on 3 of the docs at this year's Toronto Film Festival. 
-- Barry Avrich’s Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
-- Astra Taylor’s NFB doc What is Democracy?
--Anthropocene, the third part in the trilogy of artfully thoughtful eco docs by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

The Stark Context for Canadians at Sunny Side of the Doc

July 04, 2017

At Sunny Side, in pitches, sessions and screenings, the array of inventive, audacious, investigative, TV, feature, and series documentaries on view was inspiring. The founder of Sunny Side, Yves Jeanneau, calls his market a “Carrefour de resistance,” (Crossroad of Resistance) and in the psychological sense of respect for documentary and its makers in a dummied-down media world, it is.


I concentrated on History docs, which thanks in large part to the participation of our home-grown researcher and thinker Elizabeth Klinck, was this year’s theme at Sunny Side.

Elizabeth Klinck Helps Build an All Archive Portrait of Frank Zappa

July 07, 2017

Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words, includes no originally shot footage, relying on 100% archival material to build a portrait of the iconoclastic musician and composer. "There was this pure need for this film to be made in this form, to give Frank the platform to speak for himself," said director Thorsten Schutte. "Because if you look at this archive footage that we've been working with, the hundreds of hours, a whole different Frank Zappa emerges." Finding archival source material from around the world was a huge research effort. More than 70 sources were approached, and 40 archival sources were used in the final film. 

We spoke with Elizabeth Klinck, the films Archive Producer, about the process of organizing this archival mega-search, finding rare archival gems and clearing the rights from a wide network of international sources

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