FAQs

More details will be provided in the near future.

 

When is Oregon Doc Camp?

Doc Camp will take place May 18th-21st.
 

What’s the idea behind Oregon Doc Camp?

We doc-makers so often find ourselves working in isolation, away from larger centers of filmmaking—L.A., New York. We wanted to create an environment for enjoyable learning and mutual support, away from the cares of home. So Oregon Doc Camp was born! We welcome you to the camp and hope that many campers will return year after year.
 

Who are the organizations involved?

Oregon Doc Camp is presented by Women in Film-Portland with sponsorship from organizations including Pro Photo Supply, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film Office, and Oregon State Parks and Recreation, among many others.
 

What are the benefits of attending Oregon Doc Camp?

When you bring together internationally respected documentary professionals and an avid group of experienced filmmakers for a weekend in the forest, there’s bound to be a potent mixture of inspiration, synergy, and fun that we think will foster even greater filmmaking excellence in our region and beyond.
 

What does Oregon Doc Camp cost?

The cost is between $400 – $500 for tuition, room and board for the full weekend. The price is contingent on your cabin/ room arrangement preference.

What is Oregon Doc Camp’s cancelation policy?

You are free to cancel your camp registration for a full refund (less event ticket processing fees) until Sunday April, 30th. After this date, we will be unable to refund any portion of your registration fee regardless of circumstances.
 

Who will be presenting?

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2017 presenters in March.
 

How many guests will be at Oregon Doc Camp?

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!
 

What kind of programming is Doc Camp offering?

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!

 

Is there a schedule of Doc Camp events and presentations?

We’re working on a formal schedule at this time, and we’ll post it to the site and send it out as an email attachment to attendees April.
 

How can I show a work in progress selection from my film?

We will offer a chance for filmmakers to showcase excerpts of new work. We have ten slots available in the program for 20-minute work-in-progress sessions for rough or fine cuts. This is 20 minutes total, so we recommend 5-10 minutes of screen time and leaving 10-15 minutes for feedback. If you would like to be considered for one of the slots, you can indicate that in the application and follow the instructions for participating in this part of the program.
 

Where is Silver Falls State Park? What is there to do?

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. Have a look at the links to the park and the map here:

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.
 

What type of lodging is available?

Cabins 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. There are also single rooms available at an additional fee.
 

How are meals organized?

The dining room supplies three meals a day, catering to a variety of dietary needs (see the registration form.) Beer and wine are available for purchase. Snacks, coffee, and tea will be provided during workshops.
 

What should I bring?

Layers of clothes – May in Oregon is generally warm, but evenings will cool off—we’re a few hundred feet higher than Portland or Salem. You may want to gear up for hiking around the falls and the many miles of trails—not technically difficult, but rugged in spots. Cameras, binoculars, or other recreational equipment recommended. We also suggest ear plugs if you are a light sleeper as each cabin has 6 individual rooms plus a larger common space and a flashlight for getting around in the evening. Personal “beverages” are allowed in cabins, but not in the dining room, where alcohol is available for purchase. And bring rain gear, of course!
 

What shouldn’t I bring?

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.
 

Is there electricity for my laptop and phone?

Yes, you’ll be able to plug devices in. There is also a high quality projector and screen in our screening room, with a DVD player (not Blu-Ray.) Don’t rely on internet streaming of your work (Vimeo, etc.) though—bring a disk.
 

Can I lower my fee by staying in a tent, my VW Van, or by bringing my own food?

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

Can I bring my dog?

No, unless he/she doubles as a sales agent, willing to represent our films for festivals, theatrical release and international broadcast.
 

When should we arrive to check in?

We will send detailed information about check-in and check-out, including location, shortly.
 

Whom can I contact with more questions?

Please feel free to contact us: info@oregondoccamp.com.