The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will launch Canada's first programme to develop theatrical documentaries.

Announced today at Toronto's Hot Docs festival, the CFC NFB Feature Documentary Program will begin in January 2009 with the goal of developing feature documentaries for international cinema audiences.

The six-month programme will select between four and six established Canadian directors who have a theatrical documentary concept. It will involve several weeks of residency at the CFC with specific project mentorship with Canadian and international documentary filmmakers. Participants will prepare and present a demo towards consideration for production at the course's conclusion.

The program will be led by Jerry McIntosh, a veteran television news journalist and former colleague of CFC executive director Slawko Klymkiw at the CBC. Multi-award winning and Oscar-nominated documentary director Larry Weinstein, a co-founder of Rhombus Media, will act as senior mentor.