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 2020
Previous Workshops

Film Festivals


Sunnyside of the Doc



DOK Leipzig

Sheffield DocFest

Atlantic Film Festival

World Congress of Science

World Congress of History Producers    

Impact Media  

Banff Media Summit

Hot Docs


Reel World Film Festival

WIFT International Summit

Vancouver International Film Festival

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