As a visual researcher for the past 35 years in the documentary film and television industry, Elizabeth has developed an extensive knowledge around research, rights clearance and copyright for music and film. 


Elizabeth has been giving workshops at colleges, universities, and film festivals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe for the last 15 years.


In addition, Elizabeth has sat on panels and mediated interviews with filmmakers.  


During her workshop, she provides multiple anecdotes based on previous projects she has worked on and uses a combination of video and audio examples. 


Areas of discussion include: 


  • The current rights marketplace

  • New frontiers in new media

  • How to find the best sources of visual material - photographs,

  • Archival film

  • Graphics and maps

  • Negotiating terms and rates,Inexpensive alternatives to expensive archival footage,

  • How to document “due diligence” or best effort.

Upcoming Workshops 2019

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Previous Workshops

International Markets and Film Festivals


Sunnyside of the Doc                                 



DOK Leipzig                                             

Sheffield DocFest                                       

Atlantic Film Festival                                 

World Congress of Science                       

World Congress of History Producers       

Impact Media (formerly Historymakers)    

Banff Media Summit                                   

Hot Docs                                                   


Reel World Film Festival                             

WIFT International Summit                         

Vancouver International Film Festival              


Canadian Universities and Colleges

University of Toronto 

Sheridan College

Ryerson University

LIFT Toronto

Seneca College

Niagara College

Fanshawe College

Centennial College

TIFF Circuit



International Film Schools


Archidoc  (Femis)               

Film Akademie                     

Met Film School                  

Documentary Campus       

FOCAL International