The following websites and organisations are worth knowing about when planning your next documentary…
Recently released by DocSociety, Sundance and Field of Vision, their COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Independent Filmmakers is important reading for anyone making independent documentaries. The big three questions it asks are: 1) Why should you be filming? 2) Risk Assessment – what are the consequences of going ahead? 3) Corona Protocols – what’s the safest way to organise the shoot? The document is still work in progress, but do consult it at your earliest opportunity.
Britdoc are always finding innovative ways to fund projects not just in the UK but globally for cinema, broadcast and both.
Their mission is to promote the very best independent, international documentary at all levels – in the cinema, on-line, via social networks and in collaboration with international broadcaster, to develop new audiences; and encourage further impact for the films we showcase and to support and nurture new generations of independent documentary film makers.
EDN is a meeting point for professionals working with documentary film and television. EDN supports, stimulates and creates networks within the documentary sector in Europe. Good advice on pitching.
Doc Alliance is the result of a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals: CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, FID Marseille, Jihlava IDFF, Planete Doc Film Festival, Visions du Réel Nyon and, since 2013, Portugal’s Doclisboa. The aim of the Doc Alliance initiative is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and continuously promote quality creative documentary films.
IDF is a non-profit training, promotion and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic. News from the film festivals, dates of documentary film premieres, articles….with special emphasis on the creative documentary film in Central and Eastern Europe.
National Film Board of Canada
Great online facilty screening masterclasses from a huge range of fimmakers including Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield, Kevin Macdonald and a host of others.
One World Broadcasting Trust
Promoting understanding between developing and developed countries of the world through the effective use of media.
The wonderful people at Sheffield Doc/Fest work tirelessly to bring you not only a documentary festival and a Meetmarket once a year, they also produce workshops and masterclasses all year round.
News and resource site for student filmmakers to which links can be uploaded. You can also subscribe to a free magazine keeping you informed of all things film and student.
Masterschool Documentary Campus
The Film Collaborative
Festivals & Screening Initiatives
Take One Action
Production Advice and Paperwork