Document Human Rights Film Festival

19th October 2017 - 22nd October 2017
Glasgow, Scotland


19th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
Lisbon, Portugal, Spain

Jihlava IDFF

24th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
Jihlava, Czech Republic

DOK Leipzig

30th October 2017 - 5th November 2017
Leipzig, Germany


9th November 2017 - 19th November 2017
Montreal International Documentary Festival


9th November 2017 - 16th November 2017
New York, USA

Kasseler Dok Fest

14th November 2017 - 19th November 2017
Kassel, Germany


15th November 2017 - 26th November 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sundance Film Festival

18th January 2018 - 28th January 2018
Park City, Utah, USA


29th January 2018 - 4th February 2018
Helsinki, Finland


25th February 2018 - 4th March 2018
Zagreb, Croatia


1st March 2018 - 4th March 2018
Columbia, Missouri


15th March 2018 - 25th March 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark


21st March 2018 - 29th March 2018
Leuven, Belgium

Movies That Matter

23rd March 2018 - 31st March 2018
The Hague, the Netherlands

Cinema du Reel

23rd March 2018 - 1st April 2018
Paris, France

RAI Film Festival

Thursday 29 March, 2018
Bristol, UK


Full Frame Documentary Festival

5th April 2018 - 8th April 2018
Durham, North Carolina

Visions du Reel

13th April 2018 - 21st April 2018

Frames of Representation

Friday 20 April, 2018
ICA, London, UK


It’s All True

Friday 20 April, 2018
São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Hot Docs Film Festival

26th April 2018 - 6th May 2018
Montreal, Canada

DOK.fest München

2nd May 2018 - 13th May 2018
Munich, Germany


Thursday 3 May, 2018
Vancouver, Canada


Documenta Madrid

Friday 4 May, 2018
Madrid, Spain


Planete Doc Film Festival

Friday 11 May, 2018
Warsaw, Wroclaw and over 20 venues in Poland.


Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

17th May 2018 - 26th May 2018
Tel Aviv, Israel

Docs Barcelona

22nd May 2018 - 28th May 2018
Barcelona, Spain


Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

1st June 2018 - 11th June 2018
Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa


Sheffield Doc/Fest

7th June 2018 - 12th June 2018
Sheffield, UK

AFI Docs

14th June 2018 - 18th June 2018
Washington, USA


Edinburgh International Film Festival

20th June 2018 - 1st July 2018
Edinburgh, Scotland

FID Marseilles

11th July 2018 - 17th July 2018
Marseilles, France


SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

18th July 2018 - 23rd July 2018
Sicily, Italy



28th July 2018 - 30th July 2018
Sussex, UK



4th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Prizren, Kosovo


Open City Docs Fest

5th September 2018 - 10th September 2018
London, UK


Atlanta Docufest

8th September 2018 - 10th September 2018
Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Camden International Film Festival

13th September 2018 - 16th September 2018
Camden, Maine, USA

BFI London Film Festival

10th October 2018 - 27th October 2018
London, UK


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

2017 SUBMISSION NOW CLOSED Monday 1 May, 2017

The 30th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, including its new media program IDFA DocLab, takes place November 15-26, 2017.

Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

2017 SUBMISSION NOW CLOSED Wednesday 31 May, 2017

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) presents the best reality-based films, including the works of established directors and new talents alike. From  November 9 to 19, 2017, RIDM will screen approximately 140 domestic and foreign productions and hosts a dozen complementary activities such as workshops, master classes, debates and roundtables. The festival typically welcomes about 100 guests from outside Quebec, and hands out 11 awards selected by juries comprised of industry professionals.

IDFA Forum

2017 SUBMISSION NOW CLOSED Tuesday 15 August, 2017
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

All projects undergo a stringent selection process. Only projects that have been submitted according to the IDFA Forum entry regulations will be considered, so please read these regulations carefully before submitting your film. The entry form will be available through MyIDFA from next summer; the entry deadline is August 15, 2017 (5 pm CET).



2017 SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED: Friday 15 September, 2017

Getting your documentary made is difficult enough. Then there’s the business of selling it and eventually finding an audience for it. Established in 1996, Docs for Sale facilitates sales of high-end documentaries by gathering all interested parties under one roof, as well as bringing them together through the Docs for Sale Online services. Over the years, it has grown into one of the world’s premier markets for documentary cinema.

Every year, more than 300 TV buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers convene in Amsterdam to watch a selection of the very latest and best documentaries available to the international market. The Docs for Sale Lounge, Meet the Professionals sessions and various other activities offer great networking opportunities. Throughout the year, the market's catalogue is available to registered buyers through Docs for Sale Online.

Sundance Film Festival

2018 SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED Monday 18 September, 2017

The next Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah, January 18 - 28 2018.

Sheffield Doc/Fest

2017 SUBMISSION NOW CLOSED Thursday 28 September, 2017

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. 

Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomes over 32,700 Festival goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries. 

The next Festival will take place 7-12 June 2018. 


DEADLINE: Wednesday 15 November, 2017


FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 4, 2018

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2017 for documentary films released after January 2017, and November 15, 2017 for documentary films in production


SECOND AND FINAL DEADLINE: Friday 1 December, 2017

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is the third largest documentary film festival in the world. Each year, the festival fills Copenhagen’s cinemas with a selection of more than 200 films from around the world. The next edition of CPH:DOX takes place March 16-26, 2017.

Films that have premiered after April 1, 2017, are eligible to apply for CPH:DOX 2018. The first deadline is September 1, and the second and final deadline (for new films finished after the first deadline) is December 1. Both deadlines are all day inclusive.

Open City Documentary Festival

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Monday 18 December, 2017

Made a documentary you want to share with the world? Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2018 are now open.

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, and over 4,000 people attended last year's festival to enjoy some of the very best in contemporary and international documentary.


Early Bird Deadline 18 December 2017

Regular Deadline 8 April 2017

Late Deadline 7 May 2018

The 2018 festival will take place from 4th-9th September at venues across London. 


Hot Docs

LATE DEADLINE: Monday 8 January, 2018

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000.

The 2018 Hot Docs Festival will run April 26 to May 6, 2018.

Film submissions for Hot Docs 2018 are open.

Artangel Everywhere

Over the past two decades, through a number of open calls, Artangel has invited UK-based artists to share ambitious ideas to transform the cultural landscape. The resulting commissions have been ground-breaking works in performance, film, installation, and radio, each situated in an unexpected place in the UK: beneath a mountain in Scotland; on a much-quarried island off the Dorset coast; at the site of a confrontation in Yorkshire between striking miners and mounted police.

In 2017, we are shifting the focus from physical location to networked space to commission and produce a major project that can be experienced anywhere in the world.

Open for submissions: 1 March 2017
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Interview date for shortlisted proposals: 6 June 2017

Association of Film Commissioners International

A helpful directory of film commissions from around the world! The AFCI is a non-profit educational association whose members serve as city, county, state, regional, provincial, or national film commissioners in their respective governmental jurisdictions. With more than 300 AFCI-Member Film Commissions on six continents, you can almost always find an AFCI Member Film Commission to support your production.

Bertha Doc Society Connect Fund

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

As from 2017 Bertha/Doc Society impact support will be administered through the Journalism Fund to existing grantees. This enables us to work in a deeper, more consistent way with filmmakers, funding from development through to production, providing safety and security support and legal advice if needed and and giving impact support to existing grantees where applicable.

Bertha Doc Society Journalism Fund

Doc Society and Bertha Foundation are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.

This is a rolling fund.

BFI Documentary Production Funding

The BFI Film Fund considers applications from documentary filmmakers three times a year through 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.

Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakerswho 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. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.

Channel 4 Alpha Fund

Channel 4 has a world class reputation for innovation and is ready to invest in the next generation of creative content. The main funding vehicle within the Creative Diversity team is the Alpha Fund. This is a development fund that can assist start-ups, BAME-led and regionally based companies as well as projects with diverse content or talent attached. To access the Alpha Fund, an idea must first be submitted to the relevant genre commissioning editor, as part of the general commissioning process. Once an idea or company has interest from a commissioning editor, the next stage is to approach a member of the Creative Diversity team to discuss development funding from the Alpha Fund.

Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision a world in which women filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, build sustainable careers, and achieve parity in all areas of the film industry.

Since 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded $5.2 million in grants and thousands of hours of creative mentorship to over 220 films. Films supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures have won numerous awards, including Academy and Emmy Awards, but more importantly, they have resulted in change for the issues they address.


Cinereach is a film foundation and production company that champions vital stories, artfully told. Since 2006, we have supported over 200 film projects globally, including Citizenfour, Evolution of a Criminal, Cutie and the Boxer, It Felt Like Love and Pariah. Cinereach has produced films including Salero, Teenage, The Cold Lands and Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture. Cinereach also occasionally partners with other nonprofit organizations to increase the breadth of its support to filmmakers; Cinereach is a founding partner of the Sundance Institute’s Transparency Project, which aims to empower filmmakers with tools that will help them better fund, market and release their work, and is a non-profit ally of Sundance #ArtistServices among other initiatives.

Creative England Production Fund

The Creative England Production Fund supports feature films of all genres, including documentaries, using Lottery funds via BFI.

Cross Currents Doc Fund

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.

Initiated by the R&M Lang Foundation in 2013, the Fund promotes inclusion in the documentary space celebrating all doc forms and the diverse perspectives of storytellers. In particular, it focuses on emerging filmmakers who have a connection to or shared experience with their subject, as well as sharing stories with audiences within and outside the featured community.

Theatrical Stream opens July 2017.
Interactive/Short Stream opens September 2017.

DFI: Doha Film Institute

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. 

Doc Society Circle Fund

The Doc Society Circle Fund is a funders group bonded by a passion for enabling the very best documentary film. The fund was set up in response to the growing demand by individual philanthropists and family foundations who are committed to helping secure a diverse and independent future for media.

This fund is currently by invitation only.


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.

DocsBarcelona Industry Activities 2017

1st March 2017 Thursday 9 February, 2017

Submissions for DocsBarcelona Industry Activities 2017 are open.

DocsBarcelona is a market of financing and promotion for documentary industry, a meeting point for professionals from all over the world. It is the perfect place to promote and finance your project to potential financiers and film distributors.


Film London Funding

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.

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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

Filmmakers Without Borders

DEADLINE Monday 1 January, 2018

Filmmakers Without Borders supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.

Flex Fund (Doc Society)

A joint initiative by Skoll Foundation, Ford Foundation and Doc Society, Flex Fund supports innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs.

Flex Fund grants are only available to joint Skoll Foundation and Ford Foundation grantees

Fondation AlterCiné

Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars and a few 5,000 Canadian dollars grants to some filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation.

Fork Films Fund

Fork Films awards grants to full-length non-fiction films that foster a culture of understanding and work towards a more peaceful and just society, while utilizing powerful and artistic storytelling methods.
Specifically they seek films that promote peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice, with a particular emphasis on projects that bring women’s voices to the forefront.

Good Pitch

Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues - to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. Over a year, the selected filmmaking teams receive sustained mentorship and professional development. This includes two campaign development workshops, taking place right after project selection and again on the eve of the live event.

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund with support from AOL Charitable Foundation will provide funding to 6-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. More than half of the fund will support projects about women and under-served youth around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures, and the world.

2017 submissions now closed. 


Hartley Film Foundation Grant

Hartley Film Foundation awards grants for compelling character-driven documentaries that illuminate the impact of religions on today's global issues.  The Foundation provides support through seed grants and fiscal sponsorship. The Foundation does not provide production, finishing or outreach grants.

Submissions are year-round. 

Hot Docs CrossCurrents Doc Fund

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.

Theatrical Stream opens July 2017.
Interactive/Short Stream opens September 2017.

IDFA Bertha Fund

The IDFA Bertha Fund is designed to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe by supporting innovative documentary projects by talented filmmakers from these regions.

The Fund provides development, production and distribution grants through two funding schemes. Filmmakers from and living in the mentioned regions can apply for IBF Classic. European co-producers of documentaries from these regions can apply for IBF Europe.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award a US$5,000 grant to a single completed “Short-Short” documentary film project. Our grant is open to up-and-coming, independent film makers and directors in all countries. Participant must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary film making.

2018 Call for Entries will open November 1, 2017


Movies That Matter

To promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide, Movies that Matter offers grants to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, especially in countries with limited resources and freedom of press. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBT film festivals, mobile cinema projects, school screenings and grassroots distribution.

Please note that Movies that Matter does not support film production.

Moving Image Grant

DEADLINE Sunday 14 January, 2018

LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria.

Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England

One World Media Production Fund

Launched in 2001, One World Media’s Production Fund has supported young journalists and filmmakers to report from developing countries. Our fund provides each recipient with a £1,000 grant, one-to-one mentoring, and introductions to commissioners at Sky News.

The Production Fund is currently closed. It will reopen for applications in September ahead of the next deadline on 5 November 2017.

Pulse Doc Society Genesis Fund

The Pulse Doc Society Genesis Fund is an international film fund supporting the inception of long form feature documentaries driven by imaginative and innovative storytelling.


San Francisco Film Society Documentary Fund

The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports riveting documentaries in post-production distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Since its launch in 2011, the SFFILM Documentary Film Fund has distributed more than $450,000 to advance new work by filmmakers nationwide. The 2017 Documentary Film Fund will nearly double its total funding thanks to a generous gift from Jennifer Battat and the Jenerosity Foundation.

EARLY DEADLINE: 4:59pm PST June 2nd, 2017
LATE DEADLINE: 4:59pm PST June 9th, 2017

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund

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.

Sundance Documentary Fund

The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display: artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft.

The Documentary Company

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.

The Edinburgh Pitch

ntering its 11th year and running alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Edinburgh Pitch is the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland. It is aimed at independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries and considering international co-productions.

Applications are now closed and the 12 selected projects will be announced early May 2017.
Observers Passes will go on sale mid May 2017 so check this space.

The Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund offers grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable.

Fledgling currently accepts applications on a rolling basis. 

The Ford Foundation - Just Films

The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to this effort. As part of the Creativity and Free Expression program, JustFilms funds social justice storytelling and the 21st-century arts infrastructure that supports it. The projects and people we support inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality.

The Independent Filmmaker Project

DEADLINE Thursday 30 November, 2017

IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program focuses exclusively on documentary films and other works of nonfiction, short films and low-budget fiction/narrative features (50 minutes+).

Many individuals, foundations, corporations, or government organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations. IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program is a legal and financial mechanism by which IFP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves as a conduit for financial resources, and provides some support and oversight for independently produced film projects

The Miller / Packan Film Fund

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. The Fund is financed through the Rogovy Foundation. We believe in the transformational power that comes from enlightening narratives and inspiring characters.

Deadline: 15 May 2017

Threshold Fund (Doc Society)

The Threshold Foundation looks to support documentaries that address the most important issues facing the world using a plan of action that is powerful, innovative, and unexpected.

Applications are by invitation only and Doc Society will make recommendations to Threshold Foundations Funding Circle who will make all final grant-making decisions.

Tribeca Film Institute Doc Fund

Grants and guidance to support exceptional character-driven, nonfiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. The TFI Documentary Fund supports feature documentaries, from all over the world, that are in advanced stages of development or in production or post-production. Grant amounts range from $25,000 - $50,000. The TFI/ESPN Prize and TFI/A+E Feature Doc Workshop are a grant and initiative, respectively, within the fund.

Wellcome Trust

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.

Whicker's World Foundation

Each year £80,000 will be awarded to a new director with the most promising pitch for an authored documentary which fulfils the core criteria of the foundation and can be completed for screening with this award.

The money will be paid in instalments to the director’s film company, enabling a project which deserves to be realised, to reach as wide an audience as possible.

A second award of £15,000 will be granted to contribute to a film fund for a runner-up.

The deadline for 2017 awards has now passed.

Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund

The Women In Film Finishing Fund gives grants to filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres — narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. To apply for the Finishing Fund, the filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application. You do not have to be a Women In Film member to apply, and we encourage applications from around the world. Please note that student projects are not eligible to receive Finishing Funds for their film.

Film Finishing Fund grants are given out annually.

The next cycle of applications will open Spring 2017.


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.

Animated Docs

The home of animated documentary: a meeting place for film-makers, researchers and fans alike.

Doc Alliance Films

A creative partnership with 6 key European festivals brings a large collection of over 700 quality docs available to download and stream.


A collection of the best UK short docs around that have been shown at regular London-based events.

Documentary Guide

They've researched and indexed thousands of films, hundreds of websites, and many databases from around the world.

Documentary Heaven

A vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre.

Documentary Lovers

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 an enthusiast it's well worth it.

Festival Scope

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. 

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. 

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.


Friday 19 August, 2016

A professional development platform and residency for animated documentary. 

Brunel University - Documentary Practice MA

London, UK

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.

DocHouse Presents: DOCHISTORY

London, UK

An occasional history series that explores the history of documentary through clips and discussion. In 2004 this four-week course covered the history of documentary, from the Lumière Brothers to the present day. 

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'.


Goldsmiths - MA in Screen Documentary

London, UK

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.

London College of Communications - MA Documentary Film

London, UK

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. 

NFTS - Directing Documentary

London, UK

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. The goal of the course is to give our graduates the tools and the confidence to become successful members of the international documentary community.

NFTS - Producing a Documentary

London, UK

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.

NFTS - Shooting Documentary Interviews

London, UK

A three day practical course designed for self-shooters who wish to develop their understanding of shooting and lighting interviews. Participants will learn how to control, light and shoot interview set-ups in a variety of locations and shooting situations.

Queen Mary University - MA in Documentary Practice

London, UK

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.

Royal Holloway - Documentary by Practice (MA)

Surrey, UK

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.

Sheffield Hallam University - MA International Documentary Production

Sheffield, UK

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, which is one of the UK's leading international documentary festivals and markets.

SUMMERDOCS: A Summer School in Documentary Direction

London, UK

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 offers a summer school where the expertise of professional mentors will help you begin to become the documentary maker you want to be.


The University of Roehampton - MA in Documentary Practices

London, UK

This 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.

UCL - MA Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Practice Based)

Friday 28 April, 2017
London, UK

This programme is unique in the UK as it is based in a university, but run by leading film practitioners from the world of professional media. Run in conjunction with Open City Docs, the programme offers a choice of three pathways or strands: reportage based documentary, non-fiction and a new VR strand. All three strands allow students to draw on the world-class expertise and resources in the Department of Anthropology, whilst providing opportunities to take courses in other faculties and schools. As a practice focussed MA, training encompasses all the technical issues surrounding the preparation, production, editing and distribution of the visual image. 

University of Bedfordshire - Master of Arts Documentary

London, UK

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.

University of Hertfordshire - Film and Television Documentary BA Hons

Hertfordshire, UK

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.

University of Sussex - MA in Digital Documentary

Sussex, UK

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.

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

Newport, Wales

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.

York St. John University - Documentary Production MA

York, UK

Our innovative approach will instil in you an imaginative and unique concern for digital short film or documentary production. 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.