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It’s All True

26th March 2020 - 5th April 2020
São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Postponed - Essay Film Festival

26th March 2020 - 4th April 2020
London, UK

Postponed - Frames of Representation

17th April 2020 - 25th April 2020
ICA, London, UK

Postponed - Documenta Madrid

4th May 2020 - 11th May 2020
Madrid, Spain

Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

4th June 2020 - 14th June 2020
Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Postponed - Edinburgh International Film Festival

17th June 2020 - 28th July 2020
Edinburgh, Scotland

SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

3rd July 2020 - 10th July 2020
Sicily, Italy

FID Marseilles

7th July 2020 - 13th July 2020
Marseilles, France

New Dates - Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival

4th September 2020 - 13th September 2020
Warsaw, Gdynia, Wrocław, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Poland

Open City Docs Fest

9th September 2020 - 15th September 2020
London, UK

Camden International Film Festival

1st October 2020 - 4th October 2020
Camden, Maine, USA

BFI London Film Festival

7th October 2020 - 18th October 2020
London, UK

DOK Leipzig

26th October 2020 - 1st November 2020
Leipzig, Germany

DOC NYC

11th November 2020 - 19th November 2020
New York, USA

Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

12th November 2020 - 22nd November 2020
Montreal, Quebec

Kasseler Dok Fest

17th November 2020 - 22nd November 2020
Kassel, Germany

Doclisboa

14th January 2021 - 31st March 2021
Lisbon, Portugal, Spain

Docs Barcelona Festival

18th January 2021 - 21st January 2021
Barcelona, Spain

Sundance Film Festival

21st January 2021 - 31st January 2021
Park City, Utah, USA

Document Human Rights Film Festival

25th January 2021 - 31st January 2021
Glasgow, Scotland

International Film Festival Rotterdam

27th January 2021 - 7th February 2021
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Big Sky Documentary Festival

19th February 2021 - 28th February 2021
Montana, USA

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

4th March 2021 - 14th March 2021
Thessaloniki, Greece

Tempo Documentary Festival

8th March 2021 - 14th March 2021
Stockholm, Sweden

ZagrebDox Festival

15th March 2021 - 25th March 2021
Zagreb, Croatia

SXSW Film Festival

16th March 2021 - 20th March 2021
Austin, Texas, USA

Cinema du Reel

19th March 2021 - 21st March 2021
Paris, France

DOCVILLE

24th March 2021 - 1st April 2021
Leuven, Belgium

RAI Film Festival

25th March 2021 - 28th March 2021
Bristol, UK

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs)

26th March 2021 - 31st March 2021
Palm Springs, USA

Visions du Reel Festival

15th April 2021 - 25th April 2021
Switzerland

Movies That Matter

16th April 2021 - 25th April 2021
The Hague, the Netherlands

CPH:DOX

21st April 2021 - 3rd May 2021
Copenhagen, Denmark

Hot Docs Film Festival

29th April 2021 - 9th May 2021
Montreal, Canada

DOK.fest München

5th May 2021 - 16th May 2021
Munich, Germany

True/False

5th May 2021 - 9th May 2021
Columbia, Missouri

DOXA Festival

6th May 2021 - 16th May 2021
Vancouver, Canada

Full Frame Documentary Festival

2nd June 2021 - 6th June 2021
Durham, North Carolina

Sheffield Doc/Fest

4th June 2021 - 13th June 2021
Sheffield, UK

Sunny Side of the Doc

21st June 2021 - 24th June 2021
La Rochelle, France

AFI Docs Festival

22nd June 2021 - 27th June 2021
Washington, USA

Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

1st July 2021 - 10th July 2021
Tel Aviv, Israel

Atlanta Docufest

22nd July 2021 - 24th July 2021
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Dokufest

6th August 2021 - 14th August 2021
Prizren, Kosovo

SPEKTRUM Film Festival

Friday 1 October, 2021
Poland

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

8th October 2021 - 16th October 2021
Hot Springs, Arizona, USA

Jihlava IDFF

26th October 2021 - 31st October 2021
Jihlava, Czech Republic

IDFA

17th November 2021 - 28th November 2021
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Documenta Madrid

CLOSED: Monday 11 February, 2019
Madrid, Spain

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

CLOSED: Thursday 14 February, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

 

Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

CLOSED: Friday 8 March, 2019
Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Feature film only. No submission fee.

SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

CLOSED: Friday 10 May, 2019
Sicily, Italy

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.
 

Sundance Film Festival

DEADLINE: 26th July 2019 - 26th September 2019
Park City, USA

Accepts short and feature film.

 

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

OPEN: Friday 26 July, 2019
Thessaloniki, Greece

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies. 

ITVS Open Call Fund

CLOSED: Friday 26 July, 2019
USA

Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.

Jihlava IDFF

CLOSED: Wednesday 31 July, 2019
Jihlava, Czech Republic

Accepts short and feature film and cross-genre TV projects.

True/False

TO OPEN: Tuesday 13 August, 2019
Columbia, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Hot Docs - Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

CLOSED: Wednesday 14 August, 2019

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund (HDBIG) offers grants in Development and Production for feature or broadcast-length documentaries.

Tribeca Film Festival

OPEN: AUGUST 2019 Monday 19 August, 2019
New York, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Docs in Thessaloniki

OPEN: Monday 26 August, 2019
Thessaloniki, Greece

Pitching forum.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

DEADLINE: Friday 30 August, 2019
Montana, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

DOC NYC

LATE DEADLINE: Friday 30 August, 2019
New York, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines. 

BIFA Short Film Entries

CLOSED: Friday 30 August, 2019

BIFA are now accepting entries for the Best British Short Film Award, supported by BFI Network, for the 2019 Awards Ceremony.

DOCVILLE

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Sunday 1 September, 2019
Brussels, Belgium

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Docs for Sale

DEADLINE: Sunday 15 September, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The world’s premiere market and online service for creative documentary cinema available to TV buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers during the festival.

It’s All True

TO OPEN: Monday 16 September, 2019
São Paulo, Brazil

Accepts short and feature films. No submission fee.

DOK Leipzig Short'n'Sweet

LATE DEADLINE: Monday 23 September, 2019

A short film pitch focusing on the financing and distribution of short documentary and animated films. DOK Short’n’Sweet invites accredited film professionals to pitch their short film project in front of an international panel of buyers and distributors and an engaged audience of producers and peers. 

Hot Docs Film Festival

TO OPEN: Wednesday 25 September, 2019
Toronto, Canada

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Sheffield Doc/Fest

TO OPEN: Tuesday 1 October, 2019
Sheffield, UK

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: Alternative Realities Market

TO OPEN: Tuesday 1 October, 2019

The Alternative Realities Marketing is open to all sectors of film and media production, all lengths, and all formats.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: MeetMarket

TO OPEN: Tuesday 1 October, 2019
Sheffield, UK

Unique pitching initiative which matchmake documentary filmmakers with international Decision Makers for one-to-one meetings in a fully supportive environment.

Atlanta Docufest

DEADLINE: Monday 7 October, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.
 

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs)

DEADLINE: Sunday 13 October, 2019
Palm Springs, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

International Film Festival Rotterdam

DEADLINE: Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Accepts shorts and feature films.

SXSW

LATE DEADLINE: Thursday 17 October, 2019
Austin, Texas, USA

Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Hot Docs: CrossCurrents Doc Fund

EARLY DEADLINE: Friday 15 November, 2019

Supporting interactive, short or feature-length doc projects made by filmmakers from, and telling the stories of, underrepresented and marginalized communities from around the world. 

AFI Docs

CLOSED: Thursday 28 November, 2019
Washington, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Submission dates for 2020 are announced this October.

Movies That Matter

OPEN: Sunday 1 December, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Films about Human Rights. Accepts short and feature films. Submissions for 2020 to open in May 2019.

Document Human Rights Film Festival

No new dates Wednesday 1 January, 2020
Glasgow, Scotland

Accept short and feature documentaries that examine and discuss international Human Rights issues in an innovative and expansive way.
No submission fee.

DOXA

Monday 20 January, 2020
Vancouver, Canada

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines. 

IDFA

CLOSED: To Open in March 2020 Sunday 1 March, 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.
 

Sunny Side of the Doc - Pitching Forum

No new dates Sunday 19 April, 2020
La Rochelle, France

Kasseler Dok Fest

No new dates Wednesday 1 July, 2020
Kassel, Germany

Accepts short and feature films including experimental and artistic films and installation concepts from the years 2017 and 2018. 
Submission fee applies.

IDA Documentary Awards

CLOSED: Wednesday 8 July, 2020

The IDA Documentary Awards event is dedicated to the documentary genre, celebrating the best nonfiction films and programs of the year.

CPH: DOX FORUM

OPEN FROM: Tuesday 1 September, 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

CPH:FORUM is CPH:DOX’s financing and co-production event dedicated to facilitate the development and financing of creative and visually strong film projects with international potential, whether they are features, series or new media projects.
 

Global Short Docs Forum

No New Dates Friday 1 January, 2021
London, UK

Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

Thursday 4 February, 2021
Tel Aviv, Israel

Accepts short and feature films.
Submission fee applies.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Friday 19 February, 2021
Hot Springs, Arizona, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Docs Barcelona: Project Pitch

Thursday 25 February, 2021
Barcelona, Spain

Pitching forum for feature projects. Submission fee applies for different type of pitching sessions.

Dokufest

Sunday 28 February, 2021
Prizren, Kosovo

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

DOK Leipzig

FROM Monday 1 March, 2021
Leipzig, Germany

Accepts documentaries, animated documentaries and interactive works of all lengths. Submission fee applies.

Open City Docs Fest

Monday 10 May, 2021
London, UK

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee applies to early, regular and late deadlines.
 

Camden International Film Festival

Saturday 10 July, 2021
Camden, Maine, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee applies for earlybird, regular and late deadlines.

American Documentary Film Fund

Open to independent American filmmakers for the financing for new projects as well as works in progress. Supports via direct funding, mentorship, editorial support and national distribution and engagement strategies.

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.

BFI / Doc Society Fund

The BFI/Doc Society Fund supports creative and hybrid feature documentaries and short films by diverse creative voices from all over the UK. The fund has three calls a year for feature documentaries, and one for shorts.
 

BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) supports the creation of distinctive, high-quality content for audiences up to the age of 18.

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. 
Applications are accepted year-round.

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.
 

Cinereach

Cinereach is a film foundation and production company that champions vital stories, artfully told. Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. We seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions.

 

Creative England Growth

Creative England uncovers, connects and backs the best original storytellers; driving diversity, collaboration and growth in the creative screen industries.

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.

Doc Society Circle Fund

The Doc Society Circle is a 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.

This fund is currently by invitation only.

Docheads

Doc Heads exists to support documentary filmmakers in all ways – through our bi-monthly nights, access to events/festivals, discounts, networking opportunities and funding opportunities. Set up in 2009 by four filmmakers as a way of introducing all our filmmaking friends to each other, it’s expanded to become one of the leading organisations in the documentary world.

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.

Provides various grants for short and feature projects.

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein supports cinema films, high-end series and innovative audiovisual formats of all genres. We provide financial support for all phases of the production process from script to screen. 

Filmmakers Without Borders

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.

Applications by post only by 15th August every year.

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. 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 provided finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. The fund was geared towards films, based anywhere, in production or post-production with no intended premiere exhibition date. Funded films were driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.

Hartley Media Impact Initiative

The Hartley Media Impact Initiative oversees a fiscal sponsorship program for documentaries that focus on the impact of religions on current global issues.

Hot Docs Documentary Funds (Various)

Hot Docs offer various production funds providing Canadian and international documentary projects with much-needed development, production and completion grants, as well as valuable professional development opportunities.

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.

LEF: Moving Image Grants

LEF is a private family foundation that funds creative endeavors in California and the New England region. LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. Pre-production, production and post-production funding available.
Feature-length (40 minutes or over) only. Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England.

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.

Short documentary projects (10 - 30 minutes) only.

 

Movies That Matter

Movies That Matter offer a start-up grant for new human rights film events and an impact grantfor existing events that want to increase their impact or want to add new activitiesto their programmes. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBTQI film festivals and mobile cinema projects.

Please note Movies that Matter does not support film production.

One World Media Fellowship

One World Media Fellowship is aimed at aspiring journalists and filmmakers who seek to make a career out of reporting on stories from the global south. We guide filmmakers and journalists on a single project, and provide a supportive network of mentors and peers through the production and completion of their project.

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.

Rogers Documentary Fund

Supporting Canadian documentary film production in English and French. 

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. DFF grants are awarded once each year to documentary feature projects and are open to filmmakers internationally.

Screen Australia

Various funding opportunites and support for Australian documentaries.

Sundance Documentary Funds

The Sundance Institute Documentary Funds supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund accepts submissions via two open calls per year, with decisions being made in the summer and winter.

The Edinburgh Pitch

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.

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.

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 Gotham Fiscal Sponsorship

The Gotham acts as your project’s exclusive fiscal sponsor for the duration of your project. However, all the rights and creative control to the project remains with you. Projects fiscally sponsored by The Gotham (formerly IFP) gain access to foundation and government funding and give donors the incentive of a charitable deduction for income tax purposes.

The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Programs

The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Program is a production grant program for individual film and video artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production.

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.

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.

Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Funds

Grants and guidance to support exceptional character-driven, nonfiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. 

Visions est sud

The fund supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland. In case a project is being supported, all rights for Switzerland are automatically transfered to visions sud est.

Wellcome Trust - Public Engagement Fund

At Wellcome, we believe in the power of ideas to improve health. We support thousands of scientists and researchers in more than 70 countries, as well as innovators, educators and artists.

Whicker's World Foundation

The Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary. With a main award worth £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000, The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant documentary awards in the world.

Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund

Through this fund, a select group of films is awarded grants in cash and in-kind gifts, enabling them to complete production; many going on to gain distribution, receive top honors at film festivals, and win accolades including Oscars and Peabody awards.

World Cinema Fund

Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. Feature-length only.

WorldView

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 key European festivals, the aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and continuously promote quality creative documentary films.

DocHeads

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

Documentary Heaven

A vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre.

Documentary Lovers

A full list of short and full-length films, educational talks and video previews that you can sort by topic to pique your curiosity.

Dogwoof On Demand

Discover the latest releases to arrive on Dogwoof On Demand's platform to watch from the comfort of your home. 

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.

Folkstreams

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

MiniMovies

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.

Mubi

Sign up and you can stay tuned with international festival goings on, plus view lots of docs and shorts for a small fee. 

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.

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.

ANIDOX

Viborg, Denmark

ANIDOX is a creative platform for the development and production of animated documentary projects, running a laboratory, a professional training course,a residency program and masterclasses. Bringing together international film professionals to attend seminars and hands-on creative workshops. Its main goal is to foster and develop collaborations between animation and documentary creatives, and help them move further with their projects.

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 - Documentary Short Courses

London, UK

These industry-renowned courses are aimed at professionals in film and television as a means of furthering their careers. These course are across all NFTS UK Locations as well as some offered exclusively online.

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 - MA Digital Documentary

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.

SUMMERDOCS: A Summer School in Documentary Direction

London, UK

After 10 years establishing and developing this innovative Summer Course in partnership with the NFTS 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.

 

UCL - MA Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Practice Based)

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 Hertfordshire - Film and Television MA

Hertfordshire, UK

The MA Film and Television Production degree’s mission is to provide an environment for students to develop their vision and use their voice as a filmmaker, with a strong focus on feature film, high-end drama and feature documentary

University of Sussex - Creative Documentary Practice MA

Sussex, UK

Taught by committed and active filmmakers. You’ll produce a portfolio of short non-fiction films in a creative and stimulating environment. You can pursue your own interests through your film practice and will learn a range of approaches to visual story-telling.

University Of Sussex - Journalism and Documentary Practice MA

Brighton, UK

This MA is for you if you have a passion for news, current affairs, documentary or any aspect of factual programme-making. It offers a practical training in, and critical engagement with, journalism and documentary-making.

University of Wales - Documentary Film & Television MA

Newport, Wales

This Documentary Film masters degree is all about telling human stories through film. Working with top industry practitioners and alongside BBC Wales’ training scheme It’s My Shout, you will learn the importance of storytelling, self-shooting and single camera 'guerilla' filmmaking.