DocNow 2021 is an interdisciplinary documentary festival featuring innovative work from the Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program. This multi-arts, multi-media festival showcases the film, photography, installation, and new media work of a diverse group of international storytellers.

Download the Festival Guide

Download the Doc Now 2021 Festival Guide for Film, Installation and Photography programming.

Watch the Films

Explore the on-demand catalog for our virtual screening! Available now until August 29.

A Festival of Film, Video, Photography and Art Installation

Meet the 22 practitioners from a range of backgrounds who tackle subjects global in scope.


TW/CW: Residential Schools  

The 2021 Documentary Media cohort joins many of our colleagues and faculty in referring to our school as X University. For years, Indigenous community members within the university and beyond have led efforts to remove Egerton Ryerson’s name from our school, given his role as one of the architects of Canada’s Residential School system. At the time this statement was written, 1794 children’s bodies have been recovered at 11 Residential School sites across the country. This process of recovery is ongoing. The trauma inflicted at Residential Schools is not new knowledge. Our cohort stands in solidarity with Indigenous community members in refusing to associate with this perpetrator of genocide. To learn more about the ongoing discourse surrounding the university’s name and the call to use X University, please see An Open Letter to The Community from Indigenous Students’ published by the Yellowhead Institute. 

We recognize the harm documentary mediamaking has inflicted upon racialized communities, especially First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, throughout time.  Doc Now supports the development of art practices that pursue equity and enable narrative sovereignty for often underrepresented and misrepresented communities.

Thank You | Festival Sponsors

Ryerson Student Union Special Projects Funding

Ryerson University, Documentary Media Program

Office of the Provost and VP Academic

Office of the President

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) of FCAD