About

Oregon Doc Camp will take place from May 18th through the 21st at Silver Falls Lodge and Conference center in Sublimity, Oregon (View Map).

We documentary filmmakers so often find ourselves working in isolation, away from larger centers of filmmaking—L.A., New York… so we wanted to create an environment for enjoyable learning and mutual support, away from the cares of home… thus Oregon Doc Camp was born! We welcome you to our fourth year, and hope many campers will return year after year.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more details on the camp.

In its first year, Oregon Doc Camp garnered accolades from presenters and attendees alike:


Click here to read our review in FILMMAKER Magazine.

“Doc Camp was inspiring, filled with passionate filmmakers with a shared vision for meaningful films.”

“The best of the Northwest—good people, great films, big trees, pancakes!”

“A high value weekend packed with inspiration.”

“Great to be with others who are impassioned by the same art form.”

“I found myself rejuvenated and inspired to return to the work.”

“Inspiring to see the work of other filmmakers, feeling part of a community and not alone in the struggle.”

What to Expect

This is an invitational opportunity for experienced documentary filmmakers. We have room for up to 45 participants, besides our guest presenters. Slots will fill quickly, so please register soon!

Cabins and lodges are rustic, but are equipped with 2 single beds, linens, electricity, and bathrooms. No kitchens, as the meals are supplied in the dining room. There are shared bathrooms and shower areas.

The dining room supplies three meals a day, catering to a variety of dietary needs (we will send an email to all of our registered participants two weeks ahead of Oregon Doc Camp to register any dietary restrictions needed.) Beer and wine are available for purchase. Snacks, coffee, and tea will be provided during workshops.

 

Location

Silver Falls State Park sits in the mid-Willamette Valley in the foothills of the Cascades. It’s 25 miles east of Salem and 70 miles southeast of Portland. It’ll take about 1-½ hours to drive from Portland.

There are miles of hiking trails and superb waterfall views. This is the largest state park in Oregon, and hosts a broad variety of plant and animal life typical to a Pacific Northwest Douglas-fir forest.

 

Programming

In addition to master classes and workshops offered by our guest presenters, we’ll include:

  • Moderated panel discussions with our invited guests and other participants on selected topics
  • Small-scale roundtable opportunities to expand on the sessions or discuss work
  • Informal work-in-progress screenings, giving filmmakers the chance to receive feedback from peers and our guests
  • Pitch sessions with our esteemed presenters
  • Tech demonstrations offered by several of our sponsoring partners—cameras, edit workflow options, etc.
  • And of course, we’ll reserve time for socializing, hiking, and swapping stories around the campfire!

 

Restrictions and Rules

Sadly, pets need to be left at home, nor are we equipped with accommodations for additional family members or friends. Oregon Doc Camp is created as an intensive filmmaking experience for those participating.

The park is not equipped for additional camping in our reserved area outside of the cabins and lodges. There is a campground area in the park for tenting, but staying in the campground wouldn’t lower the Oregon Doc Camp entry fee, which covers our venue, meals, snacks, audio-visual services, guest presenters, equipment, and staff.

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Oregon Doc Camp offers a rare opportunity to meet in an informal setting, foster professional growth, and build community in our ever-changing industry.

Tuition includes the entire weekend of dynamic programming, networking, food, lodging, and rest and relaxation in a beautiful location.