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Festival Listings

Durban International Film Festival

July 17th - 27th 2014

Durban, South Africa

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Dokufest

August 16th - 24th 2014

Prizren, Kosovo

For more information click here

Cambridge Film Festival

August 28th - September 7th 2014

Cambridge, UK

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DocUtah

September 2nd - 6th 2014

Utah

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Toronto International Film Festival

September 4th - 14th 2014

Toronto, Ontario

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Camden International Film Festival

September 25th - 28th 2014

Camden, Maine

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BFI London Film Festival

October 8th - 19th 2014

London

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Atlanta Docufest

October 9th - 12th 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

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Document Human Rights Film Festival

October 9th - 12th 2014

Glasgow, Scotland

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Doclisboa

October 16th - 26th 2014

Lisbon, Portugal

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Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival

October 23rd - 26th 2014

Doha – Qatar

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Jihlava IDFF

October 23rd - 28th 2014

Jihlava, Czech Republic

For more information click here

DOK Leipzig

October 27th - November 2nd 2014

Leipzig, Germany

For more information click here

Antenna Documentary Festival

October 2014 (dates TBC)

Sydney, Australia

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Leeds International Film Festival

November 5th - 20th 2014

Leeds, UK

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Aesthetica Short Film Festival

November 6th - 9th 2014

York, UK

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DocsDF

November 6th - 16th 2014

Mexico City, Mexico

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CPH:DOX

November 6th - 16th 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Kasseler Dok Fest

November 11th - 16th 2014

Germany

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DOC NYC

November 13th - 20th 2014

New York's Documentary Festival

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IDFA

November 19th - 30th 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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LSFF - London Short Film Festival

January 9th - 18th 2015

London

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Sundance Film Festival

January 22nd - February 1st 2015

Park City, Utah

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DocPoint

January 27th - 1st Feb 2015

Helsinki

For more information click here

True/False

February 2015 (dates TBC)

Colombia, Missouri

For more information click here

Big Sky Documentary Festival

February 2015 (dates TBC)

Montana

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Cinema du Reel

March 2015 (dates TBC)

Paris, France

For more information click here

One World - International Human Rights Documentary Festival

March 2015 (dates TBC)

Czech Republic, Prague

For more information click here

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

March 2015 (dates TBC)

Thessaloniki Grécia / Greece

For more information click here

Movies That Matter

March 2015 (dates TBC)

The Hague, the Netherlands

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Full Frame Documentary Festival

April 2015: Dates TBC

Durham, North Carolina

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Birds Eye View Film Festival

April 2015 (Dates TBC)

London, UK

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Hot Docs Film Festival

April/ May 2015: Dates TBC

Montreal, Canada

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Visions du Reel

April/ May 2015: Dates TBC

Switzerland

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Documenta Madrid

April/ May 2015: Dates TBC

Madrid

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DOCVILLE

May 2015: Dates TBC

Belgium

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DOXA

May 2015: Dates TBC

Vancouver, Canada

For more information click here

DOK.fest München

May 2015: Dates TBC

Munich

For more information click here

Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

May 2015 (Date TBC)

Tel Aviv, Israel

For more information click here

Planete Doc Film Festival

May 2015 (Date TBC)

Warsaw, Wroclaw and over 20 venues in Poland.

For more information click here

Cannes Film Festival

May 2015 (Date TBC)

Cannes, France

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Krakow Film Festival

May 2015 (Date TBC)

Kraków, Poland

For more information click here

Docs Barcelona

May 2015 (Dates TBC)

Barcelona

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Sheffield Doc/Fest

June  2015 (Date TBC)

Sheffield, UK

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Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

June 2015 (Date TBC)

Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

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East End Film Festival

June  2015 (Date TBC)

London

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Open City Docs Fest

June 2015 date TBC

London

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Edinburgh International Film Festival

June 2015 (Date TBC)

Edinbugh, Scotland

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AFI Docs

June 2015 (Date TBC)

Washington, USA

For more information click here

FID Marseilles

July 2015 (Dates TBC)

Marseilles, France

For more information click here

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Calls for Entries & Deadlines

DOC NYC

Deadline: July 31st 2014

DEADLINES:
Earlybird Deadline: March 7th 2014
Regular Deadline: May 30th 2014
Late Deadline: June 27th 2014
WAB Extended Deadline: July 31st 2014

For more information click here

Underwire Festival

Deadline: 31st July 2014

UnderWire looks to showcase all kinds of film – they accept drama, animation, documentary, music video and artist film. Apart from the XX Award, films are only eligible for the category that they have a female creative for.

The XX Award can be entered by both male and female directors. The Award is for films which put interesting female characters at their centre.

Entries for all film categories must be:

• Under 20 minutes long

• Completed since November 2012

• Applicant must be British or Irish and/or the film must be a UK or Republic of Ireland production.

For more information click here

IDFA

Deadline: August 1st 2014

Submission deadlines:

- May 1st 2014 for documentaries completed between August 1st 2013 and April 1st 2014.
- August 1st 2014 for documentaries completed after April 2014.

For more information click here

CPH:DOX

Deadline: August 1st 2014

For completed between January 2014 - May 2014 the submission deadline is June 2nd. 
For films completed after May 2014 the submission deadline is August 1st.

For more information click here

The Smalls Film Festival 2014

Deadline: August 3rd 2014

Early Bird Submissions: 24th March  -4th May 2014 - £10
Regular Submissions: 5th May - 22nd June 2014 - £18
Late Submissions: 23rd June - 3rd August 2014 - £22

For more information click here

London Short Film Festival

Deadline: 11th September

LSFF accepts all genres; from drama to documentary, from music videos to experimental and is one of the few festivals in the UK to showcase films up to 45 minutes in length. The only rules are that films must be made after August 2013 and be under 45 minutes in length.

Early bird deadline 31st July – £15

Regular deadline 31st August – £20

Late deadline 11th September £25

Lo-budget films under 5 minutes – £5 (all deadlines)

International submissions – £25 (all deadlines)

 

For more information click here

Leeds International Film Festival

Deadline: August 29th 2014

The final submission deadlines are 29th August for feature-length films and 19th September for short films.

For more information click here

Atlanta Docufest

Deadline: August 30th 2014

Regular Entry Deadline: July 31st 2014
Late Entry Deadline: August 30th 2014

For more information click here

UK Film Festival

Deadline: 15th September 2014

The UK Film Festival aims to champion great films but in particular is seeking work from those filmmakers who
might not yet have had the chance for a prestigious public screening of their work.


Among others there is a best documentary category.

Sundance Film Festival

Deadline: September 29th 2014

Early Submission Deadline: August 11th 2014 - $55 entry fee
Official Submission Deadline: August 29th 2014 - $80 entry fee
Late Submission Deadline: September 29th 2014 - $105 entry fee

For more information click here

Glasgow Film Festival

Deadline: 14th October

The 11th Glasgow Film Festival and Youth Film Festival will run throughout February 2015 in venues across the city.

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is committed to supporting emerging talent and providing audiences with the opportunity to see the best of world cinema. GFF's strands include the best of new Scottish and British features, art/experimental film and video, gaming, music, documentaries and an annual country focus, which in 2015 will be Australia.Early Bird, Monday 28 July, £35

Deadline and Fees:

· Early bird - £35 until Monday 29 July

· Regular - £40 until Monday 9 September

· Late - £50 until Monday 14 October

· Online only extended deadline - £65 until Monday 21 October

Short films (under 50 mins) should be submitted to Glasgow Short Film Festival (11-15 March 2015). GSFF uses a separate submissions procedure, please refer here for more details. Submissions for GSFF are open until Monday 17 November.

For more information click here

Movies That Matter

Deadline: October 15th 2014

- No entry fees are due for submitting films, videos or new media projects. The festival organization must have received the completed and signed entry form together with a DVD PAL or online viewing link before October 15th 2013.

- Selected films and videos can only be shown at the festival if they have English / Dutch commentary and/or English Dutch dialogue, or in the original version with English / Dutch subtitles.

For more information click here

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Funding Opportunities

Association of Film Commissioners International

For more information click here

A helpful directory of film commissions from around the world!

Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund

For more information click here

The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is the first European-based outreach and engagement fund, and is open to filmmakers from around the world.

The fund is looking to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level.

There are two application rounds per year. Click HERE to find out about the next deadline.

Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism

For more information click here

The new Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature. The fund is looking to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious, independent documentary films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level.

Grants will be in the range of £5,000 – £50,000. Applications can come at the planning, trial, delivery or evaluation stage of a campaign. Films can apply more than once, for different parts or phases of a campaign.

There is NO deadline: funding is awarded on a rolling basis

BFI Documentary Production Funding

For more information click here

The Film Fund is committed to supporting documentary filmmaking, and specifically documentary films with theatrical potential.

The BFI Film Fund considers applications from documentary filmmakers through twice yearly-pitching sessions – in London and Sheffield – with a panel of Fund executives, industry experts and peers. In conjunction with the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, they will invite a short list of applicants to a pitching session in which they will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of experts with representation from both the BFI Film Fund and the wider documentary funding community.

Click HERE for key dates and deadlines.

 

BRITDOC PUMA Impact Award

For more information click here

An annual €50,000 award which celebrates the documentary film that has made the most positive impact on society or the environment. Films can be put forward any time up to 3 years after release.

Click HERE for the next round of funding

Catapult Film Fund

For more information click here

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. US based applicants only.

Click HERE for the next round of funding

Channel 4 Alpha Fund

For more information click here

The Channel 4 Alpha Fund can fund from £1k up to £250k depending on the project. The aim of the fund is to support ideas, talent and emergent companies and to enrich Channel 4's reputation for creativity. It's described as a grassroots innovation and authorship fund which is intended to fund the very first stages of creative ideas.

When it was launched in January 2011 it was described as follows: "The Alpha Fund is designed to identify and support creative talent at its earliest stage. Our principles are to make the money count, not to tie it up in process and complex application systems." Channel 4 have deliberately avoided web-application systems, complex rules or over-bearing contractual hurdles.

The team works through a small task team of Media Project Managers who are hard-wired into creative communities across the UK, any approach with ideas or for funding would be through those staff members.

For further information contact:
Susie Wright
0141 568 7106

Chicken & Egg Pictures

For more information click here

Chicken & Egg Pictures is dedicated to supporting women nonfiction filmmakers. They offer three grants: I Believe in You, Liberty, and Celebration, as well as two film funds: Which Came First Environmental Film Fund and Mother Wit Human Rights Film Fund.

Click HERE for more information about grants and funding deadlines

Cinereach

For more information click here

Each year Cinereach grants over $500,000 to feature-length films.

Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter.

Grant amounts can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production, including development, production and post-production.

Click HERE for the dates of the next grant cycle.

Creative England Production Fund

A production fund for all types of feature films, including documentary.

For more information click here

Creative England now offers two strands of production funding. The Creative England Production Fund is targeted at feature films with budgets of under £1.5 million from up-coming talent or from established directors looking to experiment with innovative approaches. Their relaunched West Midlands Production Fund invests in the production of feature films and high-end TV drama from companies based in the West Midlands as well as from producers looking to establish a base and film in the region.

These are rolling funds, so there are no specific deadlines. Please click HERE for more information.

Creative Scotland

For more information click here

The Film and Television funding programme provides support to emerging and established film and television talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland's creativity.

Click HERE or call the number beow for funding details and deadlines.

0845 603 6000 (10am-12pm & 2-4pm Mon - Fri, voicemail outwith these hours)

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sites are launching all the time, if you want to go down the route of crowdfunding your doc this list can help get you started. Crowdfunding can be useful in many ways, but it's worth bearing in mind that it's a full time job and if you don't have the time or passion to dedicate to promoting your project, you'll find it hard to get your project noticed. If you do have the time, your project might follow in the footsteps of docs such as Indie Game: The Movie (raised $71,335), Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry (raised $52,175), My Reincarnation (raised $150,000), and The Age of Stupid (raised $815,000)!

CROWDFUNDING SITES

IndieGoGo - You can choose Flexible Funding and keep the money you raise, regardless of whether you meet your goal. Or, you can choose Fixed Funding, which refunds the money back to your contributors if you don't meet your goal. If you choose Flexible Funding, you will lose 9% for not reaching your target.

Kickstarter -  Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, whereby if the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires, and if the project falls short, no one is charged.

Sponsume - Creators always retain the funds they raise during their campaign. You do not need to reach a target to access your funds.

Kiss Kiss Bank Bank - Another all-or-nothing platform. A total of 8% commission is included.

Buzzbnk - a Social Enterprise backed and owned 63% by leading charities and foundations in the UK. They focus on projects that can bring about positive social change.

HINTS AND TIPS

Crowdsourcing - The leading industry resource offering the largest online repository of news,
articles, videos, and site information on the topic of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.

Daily Crowd Source - learn how to do it better!

Click here to read some top tips about crowdfunding from the producers of The Age of Stupid.

Cuban Hat

For more information click here

A non-profit initiative that allows audiences and friends in the industry to encourage those filmmakers with the best doc ideas to get produced.

How? By reversing the old dynamic, allowing the public to:

1. Watch documentary pitches worldwide
2. Vote for the best pitch and sometimes the favourite broadcaster
3. Crowd-fund the project by contributing a donation or pledge to the hat.

Since 2009, Diego Briceño and Giulia Frati have been attending international TV pitch forums around the world. This is where most decisions are made about which documentary project gets support from which broadcaster. In this selection process, the commissioners representing the most important broadcasters in the world decide what kind of reality goes on TV for the enjoyment and enlightenment of millions of spectators. Is at these events that it all started, Diego and Giulia would pass around a hat (a Cuban one indeed!) and ask the observers to vote and donate for the best project, hence the name: the Cuban Hat Project.

Their mission is to connect strong and beautiful film projects with potential partners, by allowing audiences to encourage their favourite film ideas. We want to stimulate debate and collaborative decision-making by combining the power of both offline events and online tools. We use democratic, open and cost-efficient means to achieve our goal.
We keep it small, grassroots and constantly evolving.

DFI - Doha Film Institute

For more information click here

Doha Film Institute's film funding initiatives offer creative and financial support to filmmakers based in Qatar and around the world, helping them to unlock their artistry, manage their productions effectively and make high-quality films.

Financial support is made available in two ways:

1. The Doha Film Institute Grants Programme, which provides development, production and post-production funding to filmmakers from Qatar, and first- and second-time filmmakers from around the world.

2. Doha Film Institute Co-Financing, which invests in film production through strategic partnerships

Filmmakers with projects at any stage of evolution are invited to contact the Institute year-round. Click HERE for more information.

DocHeads

For more information click here

Doc Heads works to assist feature documentaries needing post-production funding. They would like to hear from filmmakers who are in need of gap financing or post production for projects with wide international sales & distribution in place.

They can fund up to 40% of the budget. Budgets can be up to £500,000 UK pounds.

They offer funding to cover the final quarter of production and post production. Your project should be either at late stage production / rough cut or ready to go into post. You should have a well-established production entity on board with experience of delivering projects of a similar scale.

You must have a major International Broadcaster onboard funding at least 20% of the budget.

This is a rolling fund, to apply and for further details click HERE

DOCUBOX

For more information click here

DOCUBOX is an East African documentary film fund, supported by the Ford Foundation. Applicants must be East African citizens of Kenzya, Uganda or Tanzania to apply.

For information on funding deadlines click HERE

The Documentary Company

For more information click here

The Documentary Company is an Enterprise Investment Scheme fund that will produce and co-finance new relevant topical Feature and TV documentaries with universal resonance, that cross cultural boundaries and exploit worldwide markets.

The Documentary Company focuses primarily on documentary films from one or more of the following narrative categories: Human Interest, Politics, Music, and Nature and the Environment.

Funding opportunities are year-round. Click HERE for more information on how to apply.

The Edinburgh Pitch

For more information click here

Aimed at independent film-makers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries and considering international co-production.

Click HERE for deadlines

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

For more information click here

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein supports the production and exhibition of films of all genres and any length, national or international, from the development of the script to the film's screening in the cinema or its broadcast on television.

Applications can be submitted for the following areas:

- Script Funding
- Project Development
- Production Support

Click HERE for funding deadlines.

Film London Funding

For more information click here

Film London directly runs several production schemes - supporting local grassroots film-making talent, artists working with the moving image. Award-winning films have been produced through these varied programmes that were all introduced to encourage creativity and develop skills within London-based film-making communities.

Click HERE to find out about the schemes and their deadlines

The Fledgling Fund

For more information click here

Fledgling has one open application cycle per year for film and creative media projects.

Most of these grants support outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries and range from smaller planning grants to implementation grants for projects that have a clear plan ready to launch. A small number of these grants support post-production for timely projects that have strong social change potential. All of these grants typically range from $5K to $30K.

 

Click HERE to find our about the grant cycle deadlines

The Ford Foundation - Just Films

$50 million fund for future doc makers

For more information click here

On 19 January 2011 Ford Foundation announced a five-year, $50 million initiative to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues.

The foundation said Just Films would focus on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. The initiative will pursue three distinct funding paths:

- Partnerships with major organizations such as the Sundance Institute, the Independent Television Service and the Tribeca Film Institute.

- Collaboration with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement, and

- An on-going open-application process that will help JustFilms stay attuned to fresh ideas and stories wherever they may emerge.

Applications can be made year-round. For more information click HERE.

Good Pitch

For more information click here

Good Pitch brings together filmmakers with NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media around leading social issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

Six to eight filmmaking teams pitch their film and associated outreach campaign to the assembled audience with the aim of creating a unique coalition around each film to maximise its impact and influence. Presented by Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

For information on applying click HERE

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

For more information click here

Provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanise issues of social importance from around the world. For films, based anywhere, that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Click HERE for deadlines.

Hartley Film Foundation grant

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Hartley Film Foundation provides support through seed grants for documentaries that the Foundation fiscally sponsors.The Foundation does not provide production, finishing or outreach grants.

Hartley awards grants for documentaries in the areas of world religions and spirituality.

Submissions are year-round. To find out how to apply click HERE

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

For more information click here

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production. Development grants of $3000 - $10,000 and Production grants of $5000 - $40,000 are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually.

The $1-million Fund was created to help enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community.

Applications will be open for professional filmmakers who are residing citizens of continental African countries and who work in the region.

For deadlines please click HERE

Hot Docs CrossCurrents Doc Fund

For more information click here

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized. The Fund supports the work of filmmakers from within these communities, and prioritizes emerging filmmakers who can illustrate a relationship between the film's subject and their own experience. The fund will provide one successful applicant with a grant of $10,000 each year.

In addition to production funds, the CrossCurrents Doc Fund also provides filmmakers with a complementary channel of support.

Click HERE for deadlines

Hubert Bals Fund

For more information click here

The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films and feature-length creative documentaries by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion.

- The Hubert Bals Fund gives financial support twice a year
- The application form will be available 1 week before the deadline
- The next deadline for project entries is 1 August 2014.

IDFA Bertha Fund

For more information click here

The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

In short, the IDFA Bertha Fund supports documentaries that make a difference. Documentaries are not only a creative form of artistic expression, but also an expression of a world-view and a lifestyle. These documentaries therefore often tackle controversial issues in developing countries covering such themes as social injustice, freedom of expression, human rights, poverty, economic justice and education.

For more information and deadlines click HERE

Impact Partners

For more information click here

Impact Partners is committed to financing independent documentary cinema that address pressing social issues.They bring together financers and filmmakers, so that together they can create great films that enterain audfiences, enrich lives and ignite social change.

Submissions can be made year-round. Click HERE for more information

MacArthur Foundation

For more information click here

MacArthur supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience, particularly in the U.S. MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming.

Click HERE for more information.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film

For more information click here

Short-Short Documentary Film $5000 Award/Grant. Submissions may be in two possible categories:

1. Documentary "Short-Short" Feature — a documentary film (original subject) with a running time of 10 to 20 minutes including credits.

2. Documentary "Short-Short" Historical — a documentary project (historical stock footage/images) with a running time of 10 to 20 minutes including credits.

For more information and deadlines click HERE

Movies That Matter

For more information click here

To promote human rights film screenings worldwide, Movies that Matter has provided an additional incentive for the wider distribution of human rights films. Through its Support Programme, Movies that Matter offers modest financial assistance (up to € 5,000) to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

 

For more information and deadlines click HERE

One World Media Production Fund

For more information click here

The One World Media production fund is now open to proposals for non-fiction media on any platform and will be awarded to students to help them cover original stories from the developing world.

In order to be eligible for the fund, you must:

- Be studying or graduate in journalism, documentary film, or another practical media subject
- Have attended a One World Media workshop
- Be aged between 18-30 years

For more information and upcoming deadlines click HERE

Open

For more information click here

"Artangel lets artists do what no one else will. It's as simple as that." Jeremy Deller

Open is a £1 million initiative by Artangel and BBC Radio 4 for new site-specific commissions across the UK. It's a call for artists working in any media to share proposals for ground-breaking projects that will transform the UK's cultural landscape. Open proposals are encouraged from UK-based visual artists, filmmakers, writers, composers, theatre makers, choreographers and producers. Previous Artangel Open calls have led to some of the most iconic projects of the past decade, including Clio Barnard's award-winning documentary The Arbor.

Click HERE for upcoming deadlines

San Francisco Film Society Documentary Fund

For more information click here

The SFFS Documentary Film Fund supports riveting documentaries in postproduction distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Since 2011, a total of $300,000 has been disbursed to documentary filmmakers nationwide. Applicant must reside in the United States.

For upcoming deadlines click HERE

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund

For more information click here

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund is a loan program designed to help producers get specific projects developed, researched, written and/or packaged and ready for market. The Fund will provide no-interest loans averaging between $10,000 - $15,000 in the early development stage, when projects are at the highest risk and may have not yet secured a market partner. The Development Fund is expected to support on average 10 to 12 projects per year.

For upcoming deadlines click HERE

Sundance Documentary Fund

For more information click here

Sundance Documentary Fund and Awards are a core component of the Documentary Film Program (DFP). The Fund provides creative and financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. They provide $1M-$2M in non-recoupable financing annually across all stages of development, production, post-production, and strategic audience engagement.

Submission deadlines are February and July each year. Complemented by invitation-only opportunities.

For the next deadline click HERE

Wellcome Trust Broadcast Development Award

For more information click here

Broadcast Development Awards support the development of broadcast proposals in any genre that engage the audience with issues around biomedical science in an innovative, entertaining and accessible way. Broadcast Development Awards are up to £10 000, for a maximum of one year. Development funds might be used to undertake thorough research, create a taster tape, develop a script, or build a game prototype or mood reel.

 

Click HERE for more information.

Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund

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The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) has been identifying and awarding funds to deserving filmmakers for 28 years. WIFF FFF supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services.

Click HERE for upcoming deadlines

WorldView

For more information click here

WorldView is a CBA [Commonwealth Broadcasting Association] Project that aims to improve UK public understanding and awareness of the developing world via the mainstream broadcast and digital media. They have three funds available, The Multimedia Fund, New Genres Fund, and Project Development Fund.

Click HERE for more information and upcoming deadlines

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Watch Docs Online

4docs

16 short docs to watch before you make one! Powered by Channel 4 BRITDOC, Channel 4 and Shooting People.

Animated Docs

The home of animated documentary

BBC Film Network

Browse over 300 short films.

BBC Fresh

Fresh Online is a new BBC online space for short form documentary films.

Discovery Access

Feast your eyes on thousands of spectacular clips, constantly updated and never before available to the outside world. The vast footage archive contains hundreds of thousands of hours of incredible content available to use, and is growing daily.

Doc Alliance Films

A creative partnership with 6 key European festivals, CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, FID Marseille, Jihlava IDFF, Planete Doc Film Festival and Visions du Réel Nyon. A large collection of over 700 quality docs available to download at a low cost. Watch out for free streaming!

DocHeads

A collection of the best short docs around!

Documentary-Film Network

Strong catalogue of political and social commentary films that are not available to view elsewhere.

Documentary Guide

One of the few curated search engines on the internet. They've researched and indexed thousands of films, hundreds of websites, and many databases from around the world. The films have been organized and tagged and sifted through for education and awareness.

Documentary Heaven

A vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre

Documentary Lovers

Documentary lovers was created in late 2011 with the intention to provide people around the globe a place to watch and talk about their favourite documentary films.

Dogwoof TV

Join the Dogwoof TV Club to gain access to a wealth of excellent documentaries, if you're a documentary enthusiast it's well worth it!

Festival Scope

INDUSTRY FILM FOLK TAKE NOTE - here is an amazing resource to find out about new films and share your own films with a huge network of films. You will be able to watch films, discover new talent, contact rights holders and directors, and view exclusive content. Features films & documentaries, shorts, works in progress. All on one website!

Films for Action

A catalogue of over 900 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online. A great resource!

Flash Your Shorts

A website dedicated to showcasing new and interesting feature films, short films, documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental films.

Folkstreams

Delve into the archives; Folkstreams aims to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures.

MiniMovies

A MiniMovie is an episodic documentary consisting of a series of 8 to 10 episodes of 3 to 7 minutes each. Put together, the episodes form a self-contained story.

Mubi

Sign up and you can stay tuned with international festival goings on, plus view lots of docs and shorts for a small fee. But keep an eye and there's the odd freebie!

RSA Animate

An animated series providing an accessible and unique way of illustrating and sharing world-changing ideas.

Short of the Week

A non-exclusive promotion program for filmmakers looking to build an online audience. You can watch a great variety of short docs, and submit your own short film.

Stream Universe

A great website that allows you to watch award-winning films on demand and for free.

Top Documentary Films

A wealth of top documentaries, split into thematic categories.

Vimeo Documentary Channel

A place for Vimeo's documentaries including full documentaries, single chapters, or extended trailers, over 3 minutes in length.

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DocHouse and External Courses

Documentary Filmmaking Short Course

In September 2013 DocHouse and Central Film School London launched a new documentary filmmaking course.

The course ran September- November 2013. If you would like to receive information on future courses, please e-mail info@dochouse.org.

What the students said!

'The course is one of the best things I have done. It was such a real privilege to be on it, it was a great class and to be taught by Elizabeth and Moby - it's all been priceless. I've been truly inspired and excited about what may come from this.'

'The teachers were all fantastic and it was great to have so much time with them, which was down to the small class size too.'

'Great people and lovely tutors, thoroughly enjoyed it.'

'I have had the best 10 weeks ever! It was such a fantastic course and I have taken away more than I ever anticipated.'

'I had a brilliant time.'

'The course was a great introduction to documentary making. Elizabeth's and Moby's passion made the course really fun and engaging. I loved the process of working on my pitch and found Nicola Lee's input really invaluable.... I learnt lots and walked away with a much greater understanding of the film making process.'

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Course Start Date: Wednesday 18th September 2013

Central Film School London and DocHouse are delighted to announce the launch of this highly practical 10-week foundation short course in documentary filmmaking, taught by the best industry professionals. The evening course will be delivered over 10 sessions running every Wednesday from September to November 2013.

The programme has been designed by some of the best industry experts in the UK to provide students with a thorough foundation in professional documentary filmmaking. The course covers all of the major steps in the documentary process, whether you want to work in film or television, post your work on-line or just want to know if you have the aptitude to be a creative Documentary Maker.

OVERVIEW

The course begins with an introduction to the major movements in documentary filmmaking, highlighting good practice and innovative approaches to documentary storytelling. Students then go on to devise and develop ideas for their own projects under the guidance of industry professionals.

Once ideas have been pitched and selected, all students are given practical training in camera operation and sound recording before going on to shoot test material for their individual projects.

In the final weeks of the course students will be introduced to the whole post-production process, including editing and adding voice-over by highly experienced documentary film editors.

SUMMERDOCS: A Summer School in Documentary Direction

After 10 years establishing and developing this innovative Summer Course in partnership with the NFTS, we have reluctantly had to hand it over, due to other commitments and major developments in our plans this year. The course will continue in partnership with Channel 4.

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The NFTS - the world's most prestigious school for documentary filmmaking - offers a summer school where the expertise of professional mentors will help you begin to become the documentary maker you want to be.

The ten weeks includes an introductory induction course and a fortnight of independent research.

To apply, an application form and a one-page proposal for the film you want to make is required. Selection is on the basis of the quality and originality of the idea and the practicality of making the film within the time available.

Please note: it is important that you have basic knowledge of camera and non-linear edit systems before you begin the course.

For all information on Summerdocs including how to apply, click here.

What previous students have said...

The documentary summer school was a fantastic opportunity to get a feel of the documentary making world. Thanks to hands-on experience, advice of experienced tutors and sharing one's work with others, I was able to decide that I really wanted to start a career in documentary making. A very valuable experience.- Manuela Fremy

We were taken through a journey which gave us the best possible chance to develop our talents.... Elizabeth was an inspired and very encouraging teacher. There is something about the atmosphere of the school which is exciting and special.- Adam Barnett

As someone who has tried most courses on offer for the inexperienced documentary film maker I am in a good position to judge The NFTS's Documentary summer school course and as such would not hesitate to recommend it. The major difference that I noticed on this course was the standard of instruction and how much the tutors really cared about your project. These aren't struggling filmmakers earning some extra pocket money by teaching.

Aside from the teaching there are great facilities to take advantage of; the extensive library being one amenity.
Not only did I come out with a film that far exceeded my expectations on starting the course, but I made good contacts with other filmmakers and we are still in touch helping and inspiring each other on the difficult assent of documentary film making. - Piers Sanderson

DocHouse Presents: DOCHISTORY

An occasional history series that explores the history of documentary through clips and discussion.

DocHouse ran the first DocHistory course at Riverside in 2004. This four-week course covered the history of documentary, from the Lumière Brothers to the present day. Click here for a list of the films screened in conjunction with the 2004 DocHistory course. 

In 2005 we were invited to repeat DocHistory for staff in Factual and Entertainment at the BBC.

In 2008 we were once again invited to run an in-house course for BBC on 'Documentary Modern Classics'. This six-session course examines the ways contemporary documentary has explored and exploded different genres and techniques, including reconstruction, archive, animation and autobiography.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FUTURE DOCHISTORY COURSES AT DOCHOUSE.

EXTERNAL COURSES

Listed below, the best Documentary Courses out there.

THE GUARDIAN MASTERCLASSES: Introduction to Making Documentaries

10am-4pm | Saturday 26th July

Join an ensemble of documentary heavyweights including legendary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Biggie & Tupac, Kurt & Courtney) and directors Julien Temple (London: The Modern Babylon, The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle and Glastonbury) and Marc Isaacs (The Road: A Story of Life and Death, All White in Barking and Men of the City) for this stunning one day symposium on the art and science of translating real-life stories for the screen.

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University of Bedfordshire - Master of Arts Documentary

Luton, Bedfordshire

As part of this Masters Degree, you will produce a major, practical documentary project informed by contemporary debates and historical perspectives. You will gain the practical skills to do this with a firm grounding in digital video production and the exploration of photography and multimedia through access to industry-standard equipment.

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Brunel University - Documentary Practice MA

London

This modern and innovative course draws on a dense network of organisations and individuals working in documentary today. The MA provides you with the space to creatively, practically and critically engage with the documentary from a variety of traditions, and is structured to provide you with training and professional expertise in dominant/mainstream documentary production techniques, procedures and alternative traditions.

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Goldsmiths - MA in Screen Documentary

London

This MA develops your skills and creative vision in the field of screen documentary production, and your understanding of the historical context and contemporary modes of documentary production, against a background of the wider theoretical issues raised in media production.

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University of Hertfordshire - Film and Television Documentary BA Hons

This Film and Television Documentary degree is for those who want to make film and television documentary, including reality shows, current affairs, news and factual programming, and factual entertainment productions.

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London College of Communications - MA Documentary Film

London

You will direct and produce your own film in a high definition professional environment on this highly regarded course. You will benefit from the extensive industry experience, including BBC and Channel 4 broadcast, gallery and festival screenings, of your tutors. You will also learn how to pitch and compete for funding and commissions. Many graduates achieve distinction in leading industry awards and festival screenings and find prestigious projects soon after completion.

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NFTS - Directing Documentary

London

The NFTS has a tradition of enabling documentary filmmakers to find a distinctive voice that both prepares them for the Industry and makes their work a force for changing it.

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NFTS - Producing a Documentary

London

A four day course that looks at the processes involved in producing television documentaries and factual programmes. Participants will discuss how to present their ideas and who to target and will look at the various deals available for financing and how to best negotiate these.

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NFTS - Shooting Documentary Interviews

London

A three day practical course designed for self-shooters who wish to develop their understanding of shooting and lighting interviews.

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Queen Mary University - MA in Documentary Practice

London

The course is practical, creative, and supports students who wish to become professional filmmakers and/or research academics. This combination of production professionalism and academic excellence is key to promoting intellectual, current, and socially engaged documentary makers.

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The University of Roehampton - MA in Documentary Practices

London

The MA in Documentary Practices is a practical, vocational, critical and cross-disciplinary programme, which invites students to produce documentaries through a combination of practical and theoretical engagement, especially in regard to the social, political and ethical dimensions of documentary practices.

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Royal Holloway - Documentary by Practice (MA)

London

This is an exciting and dynamic time for documentary practice; in recent years there has been a renaissance in documentary, seeing huge developments in both technology and form. Documentary stories are now being told via telecommunications, in cinemas, on TV, and online.

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Sheffield Hallam University - MA International Documentary Production

Sheffield

This course focuses on the core activity of documentary production companies which is project development and production financing to create 'market ready' packages. The course is run in collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest. This is one of the UK's leading international documentary festivals and markets, which attracts key industry decision makers, financiers, distributors and inspirational filmmakers from around the world.

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University of Sussex - MA in Digital Documentary

MA, 1 year full time/2 years part time. This MA offers you the chance to develop your film-making and critical skills in a supportive and stimulating environment. It is led by award-winning producers and taught by highly experienced practitioners with expertise in creating moving images.

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University of Wales - Documentary Film & Television - BA (Hons)

Documentary Film and Television at University of Wales, Newport is a hugely well-respected course amongst filmmakers and the industry. Students from the course win awards at major film festivals in the UK and beyond.

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York St. John University - Documentary Production MA

Our innovative approach will instil in you an imaginative and unique concern for digital short film or documentary production. You will be at the cutting edge – you are the future of these forms. Practice is at the heart of the MA programme. In addition to the high level of practical engagement with your chosen form you will study theory and research methodologies which will develop the form and content of your work. You will also undertake portfolio work to help develop you as a professional practitioner.

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