SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

19th July 2016 - 24th July 2016
Sicily, Italy



29th July 2016 - 31st July 2016
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK


BFI London Film Festival

5th October 2016 - 16th October 2016
London, UK



16th November 2016 - 27th November 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Sundance Film Festival

19th January 2017 - 29th January 2017
Park City, Utah, USA


Cinema du Reel

24th March 2017 - 2nd April 2017
Paris, France

Movies That Matter

24th March 2017 - 1st April 2017
The Hague, the Netherlands

RAI Film Festival

29th March 2017 - 1st April 2017
Bristol, UK

Full Frame Documentary Festival

6th April 2017 - 9th April 2017
Durham, North Carolina

It’s All True

20th April 2017 - 30th April 2017
São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Frames of Representation

21st April 2017 - 29th April 2017
ICA, London, UK

Visions du Reel

21st April 2017 - 29th April 2017

Hot Docs Film Festival

27th April 2017 - 14th May 2017
Montreal, Canada

DOK.fest München

3rd May 2017 - 14th May 2017
Munich, Germany

Documenta Madrid

4th May 2017 - 14th May 2017
Madrid, Spain


4th May 2017 - 14th May 2017
Vancouver, Canada

Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

11th May 2017 - 20th May 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel

Planete Doc Film Festival

12th May 2017 - 21st May 2017
Warsaw, Wroclaw and over 20 venues in Poland.

Docs Barcelona

22nd May 2017 - 28th May 2017
Barcelona, Spain

Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

1st June 2017 - 11th June 2017
Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Sheffield Doc/Fest

9th June 2017 - 14th June 2017
Sheffield, UK

AFI Docs

14th June 2017 - 18th June 2017
Washington, USA

Edinburgh International Film Festival

21st June 2017 - 2nd July 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland

FID Marseilles

11th July 2017 - 17th July 2017
Marseilles, France

Open City Docs Fest

5th September 2017 - 10th September 2017
London, UK

Atlanta Docufest

8th September 2017 - 10th September 2017
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Camden International Film Festival

14th September 2017 - 17th September 2017
Camden, Maine, USA

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

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2016

DEADLINE (Late Submissions): Monday 1 August, 2016

Film entry for IDFA 2016 is open! Once again more than 250 documentaries will be selected, running the gamut from international audience favorites to artistic experiments at the fringes of the genre. But IDFA also showcases interactive documentaries and other non-fiction forms of digital storytelling, games, apps, installations and media art.

Submit your films or interactive documentaries and other non-fiction forms of digital storytelling for IDFA 2016. The final deadline is August 1, for all films finished after April 1, 2016. It is important to enter your documentary at the earliest possible moment! IDFA must receive an online screener, a completed IDFA entry form and payment of the €40 entry fee (excl. VAT).

The London Short Film Festival 2017

DEADLINE (Late Submissions): Sunday 28 August, 2016

The London Short Film Festival returns to London for the 14th year to be as confrontational as ever and prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity. The festival discovers new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform and meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers.

DOC NYC Pitch Perfect

DEADLINE: Monday 29 August, 2016

seeking filmmakers to submit work-in-progress documentaries to a new DOC NYC programming initiative – Pitch Perfect! The program aims to provide a nurturing environment for emerging filmmakers to present works-in-progress to funders and distributors. The event will take place on November 16.

Submissions are open to nonfiction works-in-progress features or series proposals in any genre or style. Works-in-progress must be on track to be completed within a year, with at least 50% of their budget already in place. Filmmakers must submit a 2-5 minute video work sample, one-page description and simple budget.

IDFA Forum

DEADLINE (Late Submissions): Thursday 1 September, 2016
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Entry for IDFA's two documentary markets is now open. Both the co-financing and co-production market IDFA Forum and our market for finished films Docs for Sale will again be held during the festival in November.

The international co-financing and co-production market IDFA Forum is Europe's most important breeding ground for new documentary projects. The Forum will once again select around 50 Projects for its 2016 edition, which will take place November 21-23. Projects can be submitted by independent producers looking for co-financing, co-production and distribution.

For more information about IDFA Forum, see the website or contact Coordinator Yorinde Segal.


DEADLINE: Sunday 11 September, 2016

Established in 1996, Docs for Sale has grown into one of the world’s premiere 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.

15th RAI Film Festival

Deadline (Late Submissions): Friday 30 September, 2016

The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) is the world‘s longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense. The RAI Film Festival is a biennial event dedicated to the celebration of the best in ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological filmmaking from around the globe.
First held in 1985, and one of the longest-established in its field, RAI-FF has served as a leading forum for exploring the multiple relationships between documentary filmmaking, anthropology, visual culture, and the advocacy of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue through film.



Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2017

DEADLINE (Late Submissions): Sunday 2 October, 2016
MIssoula, Montana

The mission of the Big Sky Film Institute is to celebrate and promote the art of non-fiction filmmaking, and to encourage media literacy by fostering public understanding and appreciation of documentary film. 

Glasgow Short FIlm Festival

Deadline (Late Submissions): Monday 14 November, 2016

Glasgow Short Film Festival will reach its 10th birthday next March and they want to make it their most dynamic, international, rule-breaking, boundary-devouring edition yet. They're desperate to see films from all over the world between now and the final deadline of Monday 14 November - the sooner you can send your work the better!

CPH:DOX 2017

DEADLINE (Late Submissions): Thursday 15 December, 2016

CPH:DOX 2017 is open for submissions!

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is the third biggest 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 dates for the next festival are March 16-26, 2017.

Films that have premiered after April 1, 2016, are eligible to apply. The first deadline is September 15, 2016, and the second and final deadline (for new films finished after the first deadline) is December 15.

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 BRITDOC Connect Fund

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.

Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism

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.

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.

BRITDOC Circle Fund

The BRITDOC Circle is a brand new film fund to support the very best artistic and journalistic films being made by filmmakers globally. It's a fund which complements existing international grantmakers, state funds and broadcast partners for maximum effectiveness.


Supporting the most innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs, available to all grantees funded by both Ford Foundation & Skoll Foundation


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. All Impact Award finalists are award-winning, independent, documentary films.

BRITDOC Threshold Fund

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.

Catapult Film Fund

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.

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.


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.

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. 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.

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 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.


DocsBarcelona Speed Meetings will take place the 25th and 26th of May 2017. 40 projects will have one to one meetings of 15 minutes with financers. The meetings will be arranged previously depending on financers and projects preferences.

If your project has an interactive approach, the Interactive Pitch is the perfect place to present your project in front a selection of financers especially interested in this kind of projects.


To participate find all the information, fees and forms here:

The deadline to submit projects is March 1st 2017 at 1.00 p.m. (UTC+1). The cost for submitting a project is 10€ + VAT.

DocsBarcelona is a profitable investment for producers: 60% of projects submitted to our financing market are finished and 20% are now in production.


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.

Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation

Friday 19 August, 2016

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for international cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers to realize a joint film project. The prizes, each worth up to 60,000 euros, are awarded in the categories short animation, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary.

Young filmmakers in the fields of directing, production, camera, and screenwriting are given an opportunity to explore the methods and creative styles of their partner country.

Eligible are joint production teams of young filmmakers from an Arab country (one of the 22 members of the Arab League) and Germany who are in the beginning of their career. The film should be produced in Germany as well as the partner country, stressing in particular the aspect of intercultural exchange.

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

Fondation AlterCiné

Friday 19 August, 2016

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

Friday 19 August, 2016

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 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

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

Hartley Film Foundation Grant

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

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

Submissions are year-round. 

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. The Fund supports the work of filmmakers from within these communities, and prioritizes emerging filmmakers who can illustrate a relationship between the film's subject and their own experience. The fund will provide one successful applicant with a grant of $10,000 each year.

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

IDFA Bertha Fund

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

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

MacArthur Foundation

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

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

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

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


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.

Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund

The Pulse BRITDOC 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 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

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

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

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

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

Aimed at independent film-makers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries and considering international co-production. The Edinburgh Pitch is part of their Docscene season of masterclasses and workshops supported by Creative Scotland and the University of Edinburgh. 

The Fledgling Fund

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

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

The Ford Foundation - Just Films

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. 

Tribeca Film Institute Doc Fund

The TFI Documentary Fund furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. This fund allows TFI to fund many audience-grabbing genres that fall under the documentary umbrella including arts, sports, hybrid and experimental projects.

Grants of at least $10, 000 will be awarded in 2015. Grantees will be announced in early 2015.

Wellcome Trust Broadcast Development Award

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

Friday 9 September, 2016

Whicker’s World Foundation is an annual documentary fund that gives away £100,000 a year to documentaries in three different categories: film, radio and first-time filmmakers over 50. Enabled by the generous legacy of pioneering broadcaster Alan Whicker, we aim to bridge a known gap in funding for young filmmakers and enable their voices to be heard in a particularly challenging market.

Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund

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


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.


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: a meeting place for film-makers, researchers and fans alike.

BBC Film Network

Browse over 300 short films that showcase new British filmmaking talent.

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. 

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.

Documentary-Film Network

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

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 documentray. 

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.

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.