Elizabeth's Workshop on Right Clearances at IDFA

Canadian archival producer and copyright clearance specialist Elizabeth Klinck held an Industry Talk entitled "Archive docs rock in the Covidian epoch," and shared her experiences, insights, and tips for filmmakers working in this field.

In the COVID-19 pandemic circumstances, production of all types of content has been halted, canceled, or postponed. 

But one type of filmmaking has not only continued to work, but is, in fact, thriving: archive documentaries. In her Industry Talk: Archive docs rock in the Covidian epoch, which livestreamed on the IDFA website on earlier today and is available in the Talks Library until November 27, Canadian archival producer and copyright clearance specialist Elizabeth Klinck shared her expertise, insight and tips for aspiring—or active—archive documentary filmmakers.

Elizabeths Itinerary for 2020-2021

May 2021

Elizabeth will be delivering an Research, Rights and Clearances workshop for Documentary Campus at the Cologne Film Festival.

March 16-20, 2021

Elizabeth will be participating at M:Brane in Malmo, Sweden. M:brane is a unique meeting place with focus solely on projects aimed at a young audience in the areas of cinema, tv, documentaries, interactive, VR, immersive storytelling.  This year’s focus is on Canadian production. More info here:

March 2 2021

Elizabeth is delighted to be participating in this year's EFM as part of the virtual Berlin Film Festival. Back for the second year in a row, I will be part of  ARCHIVE DAY­. Archive Day is framed by online talks presenting international experts from the areas of production, archives and archival research to discuss topics such as international collaborations in and around archival research & rights management.­­­­­­­­­

January 28, 2021

Elizabeth was asked to be part of the first FOCAL Webinar Workshop.  Monthly workshops will be offered during the winter and spring from FOCAL in the UK.

On December 9th, Elizabeth has been asked to moderate a session on archive filmmaking entitled “There's Gold in Those Archives” featuring US filmmaker Dawn Porter and Archive Producer Rich Remsberg and German producer Gunnar Dedio and filmmaker Annette Bausmeister for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) virtual marketplace.

In November, Elizabeth has been asked to produce a virtual Industry session on archive filmmaking for Amsterdam’s IDFA.  More information and date to follow.

On October 30th Elizabeth will once again be moderating the Dok Leipzig Short ‘n Sweet Short Film Pitch focusing on the financing and distribution of short documentary, animated documentary and animated films. Accredited film professionals are invited to pitch their short film project in front of an international panel of buyers and distributors and an engaged audience of producers and peers. More info here:

On October 20th, Elizabeth was invited by the Mediterranean Film Institute to participate in a virtual workshop entitled “Achieving the Authentic – The Use of Archives in Every Genre” on how to negotiate and obtain copyright permissions in order to ensure the authenticity and truthfulness of your production.

In October, Elizabeth was a guest lecturer for York University’s Film Department,  Sheridan University’s Broadcast Journalism and Bachelor of Film and Television departments, and Fanshawe College’s TV and Film Production program.

Elizabeth was invited by Nordisk Panorama to present and be part of their Documentary Expert Day on September 23rd.  The day consisted of presentations and individual consultations with renowned international documentary experts. More info here:

On September 9th Elizabeth will be moderating a panel discussion for FOOTAGE FEST entitled 'Accessing News Footage in a post-covid world.' As we approach the latter half of 2020 and perhaps the largest news cycle of our generation, the importance of TV news and global news-gathering has never been more valuable. Join us for a panel discussion on how and where to accessing news footage in a rapidly changing environment. Details here:

In September Elizabeth will be a guest lecturer for the Hot Docs Doc Accelerator program instructing in the area of rights, research, and copyright.

In July, Elizabeth produced and moderated a session on archive filmmaking for the Gimli Film Festival. Entitled Remains Of the Day: Archival and Found Footage it featured the work of international archive filmmakers Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Mira Burt-Wintonick, Ariel Nasr, and Chris Auchter. More info here:

An Interview with Elizabeth Klinck on Sunny Side 2020 Archive Workshops

Elizabeth Klinck: In the first workshop (Archive Workshop #1: Sourcing) we will delve into the making of  "Berlin 1945", a historic documentary from Autentic Distribution that takes viewers into Berlin's most fateful year through the eyes of those who lived through it: the German population and the Allied soldiers. Panelists will include Patrick Hörl, Managing Director, Autentic GmbH, and Andrew Bird, Editor - Zero One Film, and they will walk us through the various sources used by the producers to tell their story.

Watch Elizabeths Documentary Campus Keynote Address

Elizabeth's keynote address on the opportunities of working with archive material during and after Covid-19, the chances it offers and what filmmakers need to know about its use.  Presented by Documentary Campus and @NRW. 

Cheating Hitler has been nominated for a Rockie Award

Delighted that a Saloon Media project I worked on - Cheating Hitler: Surviving the Holocaust- has been nominated for a Rockie Award for Best Documentary & Factual - History and Biography. Congratulations to everyone on the team ! It was great experience working with everyone at Saloon Media.

Elizabeth is teaching a workshop at the 2020 Berlinale Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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