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Online documentary resources

Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Lockdown has meant 'stopping' for a lot of people - stopping shooting a film, stopping studying, stopping making plans. But, conversely, it's also meant an explosion of new and fascinating resources for doc-makers and doc-lovers - digital conversations which are still online to watch or listen to. 

Here's a selection of workshops, one-on-ones and panel discussions going in-depth with filmmakers and industry experts. 

And of course the 8 episodes in the first series of DocHouse Conversations, our own podcast, are all available to listen to wherever you get your podcasts!

Gold Docs

Daisy Asquith's series of lockdown conversations with documentary makers from the UK and Ireland is available not just to her Goldsmiths' documentary students, but to the public at large via her website.

There are 12 to watch, including Paul Sng, Hannah Berryman, Kim Longinotto and Campbell X (featured above).


The International Documentary Association have taken their 'Awards Spotlight' programme online in recent months, so you can watch in depth interviews on several of the docs that are vying for prizes this year.

It's also worth scrolling through the IDA's vimeo channel to catch up on industry info like the above discussion of changes to awards eligibility this year - vital viewing for anyone hoping to submit.

Viral: A Film INdustry conversation  

Back in early June, Cinetic hosted a panel discussion entitled 'How Can We Create A Just and Equitable Film Industry?' as part of their 'Viral: A Film Industry Conversation' programme. Directors Stanley Nelson, Dawn Porter, Yance Ford and Pete Nicks discussed their experiences in the film industry, and how to elevate black voices and filmmakers of colour.

Watch the panel HERE, and check out Cinetic's YouTube for other discussions in the series, including one on the future of film festivals, featuring Tabitha Jackson, Eugene Hernandez and Carlo Chatrian. 

DOC NYC: Friday Fix

Every Friday DOC NYC's Artistic Director Thom Powers hosts an hour-long discussion with three filmmakers about their current projects.

The first 10 episodes are available to watch on the DOC NYC website, and just above you can see the most recent episode, featureing Dawn Porter, Sam Feder and Judith Helfand. 


A mix of audio recordings and videos, there's a veritable wealth of non-fiction fascination on BAFTA Guru's hub for 'Docs + Factual'.

You'll find dozens of Q&As, workshops and panel discussions on the BAFTA website, including the audio recording above of BAFTA's Crip Camp Q&A with filmmakers Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht.

i-Docs Community Conversations

On July 2nd, i-Docs hosted this conversation on 'Co-creating in times of corona pandemic' with Sandra Gaudenzi (i-Docs) and Sandra Tabares Duque (audiovisual producer) discussing their project Corona Haikus, and Francesca Panetta (MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality) and Halsey Burgund (sound artist) discussing their project Corona Diaries. 

This is the first of their 'i-Docs Community Conversations', so keep an eye on the i-docs website for more. 

London Met - The Power of Documentary

London Met lecturer Suzanne Cohen presents an intro to documentary techniques, illustrated by clips from outstanding student films.