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Festival Listings

Tribeca Film Festival

April 16th - 27th 2014

New York, USA

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Chopshots Documentary Film Festival

April 22nd - 27th 2014

Jakarta, South-East Asia

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Hot Docs Film Festival

April 24th - May 4th 2014

Montreal, Canada

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Visions du Reel

April 25th - 3rd May 2014


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Documenta Madrid

April 30th - May 11th 2014


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May 2nd - 10th 2014


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May 2nd - 11th 2014

Vancouver, Canada

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DOK.fest München

May 7th - 14th 2014


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Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

May 8th - 17th 2014

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Planete Doc Film Festival

May 9th - 18th 2014

Warsaw, Wroclaw and over 20 venues in Poland.

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Cannes Film Festival

May 14th - 25th 2014

Cannes, France

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Krakow Film Festival

May 25th - 1st June 2014

Kraków, Poland

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Docs Barcelona

May 27th - June 1st 2014


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Sheffield Doc/Fest

June 7th - 12th 2014

Sheffield, UK

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East End Film Festival

June 13th - 25th 2014


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Open City Docs Fest

June 17th - 22nd 2014


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AFI Docs

June 18th - 22nd 2014

Washington, USA

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Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

June 2014 (dates TBC)

Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

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FID Marseilles

July 1st - 7th 2014

Marseilles, France

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Durban International Film Festival

July 17th - 27th 2014

Durban, South Africa

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August 16th - 24th 2014

Prizren, Kosovo

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Cambridge Film Festival

August 28th - September 7th 2014

Cambridge, UK

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September 2nd - 6th 2014


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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


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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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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

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DOK Leipzig

October 27th - November 2nd 2014

Leipzig, Germany

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Antenna Documentary Festival

October 2014 (dates TBC)

Sydney, Australia

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

October 2014 (dates TBC)

Arkansas, USA

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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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November 6th - 16th 2014

Mexico City, Mexico

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November 6th - 16th 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Kasseler Dok Fest

November 11th - 16th 2014


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November 13th - 20th 2014

New York's Documentary Festival

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November 19th - 30th 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Sundance Film Festival

January 22nd - February 1st 2015

Park City, Utah

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January 27th - 1st Feb 2015


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February 2015 (dates TBC)

Colombia, Missouri

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Cinema du Reel

March 2015 (dates TBC)

Paris, France

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Full Frame Documentary Festival

April 9th - 12th 2015

Durham, North Carolina

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Calls for Entries & Deadlines

Soundology Breakthrough Pitch

Deadline: April 16th 2014

Sheffield Doc/Fest have launched the Soundology Breakthrough Pitch - a new pitching opportunity for 2014 aimed exclusively at new documentary talent looking for a break into the industry. They will select 5 new documentary-makers without any major industry experience and give them the chance to pitch documentaries of 3-5 minutes in length on stage in Sheffield during Doc/Fest 2014 in front of major documentary industry representatives.

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Hot Docs Film Festival - Industry Registration

Deadline: April 18th 2014

Online registration for Hot Docs 2014 is now open, with regular pricing available until April 18th 2014.

Conference Pass - The Hot Docs Conference Pass offers access to valuable industry intelligence, professional development opportunities, and an overview of the art, craft and business of documentary.

Conference and Networking Pass - The Hot Docs Conference and Networking Pass provides the opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the Hot Docs industry experience, while gaining insight into the latest industry trends and developments

All-Access Pass - Get the best access to decision-makers and networking and market events with the All-Access Pass. With access to the Hot Docs Forum, this pass provides a unique opportunity to observe international independent producers as they present their projects live to a panel of the world's key documentary decision-makers.

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The London Screenings

Deadline: April 24th 2014

Do you have a British feature currently seeking sales representation? As part of the London Screenings (formerly LUFF), Film London is offering emerging British film-makers the opportunity to have their latest projects showcased to sales companies, buyers and film festival directors from across the globe.

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SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

Deadline: April 30th 2014

The Festival is divided in different section:
‐ International film contest for documentaries, on sustainable development subjects,
‐ International contest for fiction and animation short, on sustainable development
‐ International contest for short films, on sustainable mobility subjects
‐ Non-competitive section "short movies for kids"

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Document Human Rights Film Festival

Deadline: April 30th 2014

Document are now accepting submissions of short and feature length documentaries. The subject matter of the films can explore the idea of human rights in the broadest sense of the term.

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Nordisk Panorama 2014

Deadline: May 1st 2014

Festival competition deadlines:
Deadline for films completed last year: 15 February
Deadline for films completed this year: 1 May

Market deadlines:
Deadline for market films completed last year: 1 May
Deadline for market films completed this year: 1 August

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Deadline: May 10th 2014

Final: April 10th 2014
Late: May 10th 2014

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PARISCIENCE International Science Film Festival

Deadline: May 16th 2014

February 17th to March 7th 2014 - Early Bird: 20 Euros
March 8th to April 30th 2014 - Full price: 30 Euros
May 1st to May 16th - Late submission: 40 Euros

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MyStreet 2014

Deadline: May 19th 2014

MyStreet - Your story told through film
It's where you are, who you are and how you live... your place on the map. MyStreet is a living archive of everyday life, encouraging you to make your mark and bring your area to life. Use video to record the experiences and people of a place that means something to you. This year, 8 films submitted will be screened at Open City Docs Fest (June 17-22, 2014).

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Grierson 2014 - The British Documentary Awards

Deadline: May 30th 2014

All entries must have had their first UK screening between 1 May 2013 and 30 April 2014. In the case of entries into the Best Cinema Documentary category, the film must have had its first theatrical screening within the qualifying period.

The fee per entry is £220 + VAT @ 20% (£264) except for the Newcomer and Student categories which are £50 + VAT @ 20% (£60).

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Voices from the Waters

Deadline: May 30th 2014

The 9th International Film Festival on Water invites you to be a part of the festival by contributing short, documentary, animation and feature films on water and related issues. Voices from the Waters is conceived as a travelling film festival. The selected films after being premiered in Bangalore will be taken to educational institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, small towns and villages across the world followed by discussions.

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Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival

Deadline: May 31st 2014

From the 22nd to the 27th September the Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival (SIEFF), will be held in Nuoro, Italy.

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Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Deadline: May 31st 2014

The deadline for entries is May 31st 2014. All films selected for screening at ASFF will be notified by September 2014. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony at ASFF on 9 November 2014

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Deadline: June 15th 2013

Doclisboa has three competitive sections; International Competition, Portuguese Competition and competition - Investigation (open to feature-length films).

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Camden International Film Festival

Deadline: June 20th 2014

Regular Deadline: April 18th 2014
Late Deadline: May 23rd 2014 
Extended Deadline: June 20th 2014

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Jihlava IDFF

Deadline: June 30th 2014

Deadline for films produced in 2013: April 30th 2014.
Deadline for films produced in 2014: June 30th 2014.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Atlanta Docufest

Deadline: August 30th 2014

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

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Funding Opportunities

The ACE Grant

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Launched in 2006, the ACE (Animal Content in Entertainment) Grant is awarded to filmmakers to fund the creation of feature-length documentaries that highlight animal advocacy. Each year, the $20,000 prize is awarded to the filmmaker who best succeeds in merging animal issues with a compelling narrative.

Association of Film Commissioners International

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A helpful directory of film commissions from around the world!

Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund

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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. The deadline for the current round of applications is March 24 2014, 4pm GMT.

Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism

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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.

BFI Documentary Production Funding

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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.


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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.

Application deadline: April 28th, 2014

Catapult Film Fund

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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.

Next funding round - Summer 2014

Channel 4 Alpha Fund

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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

Channel 4 BRITDOC

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Financing to support independent filmmakers making doc projects that would not be commissioned by a UK broadcaster.

Since 2005, the Channel 4 BRITDOC fund has financed over 60 award winning films. The fund aims to support a diverse range of independent voices and ideas that UK TV can't. Your film project must have been passed on by a UK Broadcaster when you apply.

What they fund:
Independent, one-off films that will widen the spectrum of documentaries being made in this country.
Finding is given for production or completion on your documentary film is you are a British filmmaker or an international filmmaker living in the UK.

Chicken & Egg Pictures

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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.


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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.


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CPH:FORUM is CPH:DOX' international financing and co-production event, dedicated to supporting creative, visual and auteur-driven films. CPH:FORUM explores new, untested ways of breaking down conventional notions of genre. CPH:FORUM brings together key European and international financiers, industry professionals and producers intent on discovering the latest independent and innovative works in development from documentary filmmakers, fiction filmmakers, and visual artists.

Creative England Development Fund

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

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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.

Creative Scotland

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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.

The Film and Television funding programme has an allocation of £4million for the year 2013/14.


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)!


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.


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

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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

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Launched in May 2010, DFI's Grants programme was established to support stories from the Arab world, nurture emerging talent and contribute to the ongoing development of the regional film industry. Retaining its emphasis on the MENA region, DFI Grants has recently opened to emerging talent from around the world.


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A private investment fund which participates in financing great docs with the power to reach a wider audience.

Their aim is to expand the range of high-quality documentaries broadcast on major international channels by supporting films that are often considered 'high-risk' in the current broadcast landscape: one off documentaries by outstanding talent, featuring compelling stories and innovative approaches.


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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.

The Documentary Company

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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.

The Edinburgh Pitch

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

Film London Funding

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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.

The Fledgling Fund

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The Fledgling Fund supports innovative media projects that play critical roles in igniting social change.

Their goal is to support projects that are timely, tell compelling and important stories, represent a unique perspective or an intriguing solution to an entrenched social problem, and have strong potential as a vehicle for social change.

They encourage the innovative use of media, such as Web 2.0 strategies, and short form videos, to engage new audiences around important social issues.

Funding cycle opens online: June 16, 2014

The Ford Foundation - Just Films

$50 million fund for future doc makers

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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.

Good Pitch

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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.

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

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Provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize 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.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

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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 - $8,00 and Production grants of $5000 - $40,000 are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually.

Hot Docs CrossCurrents Doc Fund

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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.

Applications will open November/December 2014.

Hubert Bals Fund

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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

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The IDFA Bertha Fund supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art.

Project entry for the IDFA Bertha Fund's first selection round for 2014 is now closed.

Impact Partners

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Impact Partners is committed to financing independent documentary cinema that address pressing social issues. The goal of Impact Partners is to bring together the two groups that make these films possible: filmmakers and film investors/philanthropists.

All submissions must be sent via email to

MacArthur Foundation

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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.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film

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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.

Movies That Matter

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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.

One World Media Production Fund

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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

The majority of the funds available in 2014 will be for non-fiction media about Africa. Deadline for applications: Monday 7th April, 5pm


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"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.

Reel Art

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Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will support two films with a grant of €70-80,000 per project. Reel Art films will be premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2014.

San Francisco Film Society Documentary Fund

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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.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund

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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.

Wellcome Trust Broadcast Development Award

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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.

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.

2014 Appllications must be received by June 6, 2014


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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.

Watch Docs Online


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!


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.


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


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.


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.

DocHouse and External Courses

Documentary Filmmaking Short Course

DocHouse and Central Film School London launch a new documentary filmmaking course! September - November 2013

If you would like to receive information on future courses, please e-mail

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.'


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.


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.


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.



Listed below, the best Documentary Courses out there.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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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