Resources

At ❤BRITDOC❤ we want to support documentary makers of all levels. These links and documents are designed to connect you to the organisations you need to know to get your doc funded and make it all happen.

We understand that the filmmaking process can be daunting and you need all the help you can get. This is a growing and evolving page, so if you can think of any resources you need please e-mail your suggestions to our Film and Distribution Manager, Luke Moody: luke@britdoc.org

Writing a Proposal

There are many unique approaches to writing a proposal, some more successful than others. In this document we give a few pointers for basic things to include.

  • Writing a Proposal
  • What to include: Some tips on writing your proposal.

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Commissioners and Decision Makers

The world of documentary commissioning can be hard to keep up with. Remits change, slots change, people change and the amount of money available changes. There are many formatted opportunities to gain the ear of decision makers such as pitching forums, markets and networking events. There are also informal opportunities - but we don't encourage pitching to people when you're drunk at 3am. Though it may seem like the right idea at the time it's unlikely you'll pitch your project effectively.

Our main advice is be nice to decision makers: Follow the application procedures and get to know what kind of things they're looking for - research their remit, both form and content - there's no point pitching a 90 minute war documentary to a commissioner who's looking for 30 minute reality shows. Don't get angry if they don't fund this one - it is a small world and you don't want to spoil your chances for the next idea.

Being accepted for pitching forums and markets can guarantee you access to the people you want to speak to, but if you can't wait then apply to them directly, most broadcasters will have a commissioning section on their website where you can submit your proposal.

To help negotiate the myriad of decision makers out there here's a list of places where you can research the people you want to see your proposal and ultimately, fund your film.

There's also 'an app for that', linking UK creatives with commissioners: http://www.pact.co.uk/about-us/news/app-links-up-creatives-and-commissioners/

DOKWEB INDUSTRY DIRECTORY: http://www.dokweb.net/en/documentary-network/documentary-industry-database

SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST DECISION MAKER'S LIST 2012: https://sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist

TV MOLE: http://www.tvmole.com/

DOCUMENTARYTELEVISION: http://www.documentarytelevision.com/

CONTACTS - UK TV COMMISSIONERS: http://realscreen.com/2012/09/26/radarscreen-2012-uk-networks/

REALSCREEN - RADARSCREEN: http://realscreen.com/2011/10/05/radarscreen-2011-funders/

Another simple way to find out 'Who's Who' - Check the delegate lists and pitching forum guests at major festivals and markets in your region. Links to festivals can be found below in the 'Documentary Festival Dates' download.

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Further Funding Opportunities

The world of documentary funding can be frustrating, but resilience and resourcefulness are key to meeting your budget. This document provides a list of established and emerging documentary funds, crowdfunding, pitching forums, workshops and markets - Read it - Research it - Identify your targets - and please, please don't miss the deadline! For some pointers about how to pitch your documentary check out Screen Australia's brilliant 'Pitching a Documentary Project' guide. Also check out Film Independent's Case Studies for anecdotal overviews of how films get funded and get into festivals.

RADARSCREEN 2011 Gives a great overview of international commissioners and networks:

http://realscreen.com/2011/10/12/realscreens-2011-global-pitch-guide-now-in-pdf-form/

Media Desk UK also provide a guide to European markets and training which is worth a read:

http://mediadeskuk.eu/assets/Uploads/Downloads/MEDIA-MarketGuide2012-WEB.pdf

**Amazing Funding Deadline Calendars:**

POV Calendar: http://www.pbs.org/pov/filmmakers/calendar.php#.Uz8IHqhX-uZ

DOKWEB Producer's Calendar: http://www.dokweb.net/en/documentary-network/producers-calendar

  • Documentary Funding Guide 2012
  • An extended list of international documentary funders and finance markets.

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  • a b c d o c f u n d i n g
  • An alphabet of documentary funds.

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  • a b c d o c m a r k e t s
  • An A-Z guide for international documentary markets.

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  • Documentary Workshops
  • A map showing opportunities to develop your documentary in a professional workshop environment.

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Journalism Support and Funding

African Documentary Film Fund - http://adff.org/

Anna Lindh Foundation - http://www.euromedalex.org/fields/media-activities

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism - arij.net/en

Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund - http://britdoc.org/real_funds/bertha-britdoc-documentary-journalism-fund

The Bureau for Investigative Journalism - www.thebureauinvestigates.com/

Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism - http://www.rebaltica.com

Brazilian Investigative Journalists - http://abraji.org.br/

Canadian Association of Journalists - http://www.caj.ca/?p=895

Center for Investigative Journalism - www.tcij.org

Churnalism Tool - http://churnalism.sunlightfoundation.com/

Committee to Protect Journalists - www.cpj.org/‎

Contributoria http://www.contributoria.com/

Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists - http://www.vvoj.nl/

European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) - www.ejta.eu/‎

European Fund for Investigative Journalism - www.journalismfund.eu/‎

European Journalism Centre - ejc.net/‎

Foreningen for Undersøgende Journalistik - http://www.fuj.dk/

Frontline Club - http://www.frontlineclub.com/

Freedom of Press Foundation - https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/

Fritt Ord Foundationhttp://www.fritt-ord.no/en/

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists - http://www.icij.org/

Global Investigative Journalism Network - http://gijn.org/

Global Forum for Media Development - http://www.gfmd.info

Ifex Global Network - http://www.ifex.org/

International Center for Journalists - www.icfj.org

International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) - http://ijnet.org/

International Media Support - www.i-m-s.dk/‎

International Frontline Clubs - http://www.frontlineclub.com/partners/

International Press Institute - www.freemedia.at/‎

Investigative Reporters and Editors - http://www.ire.org/

Investigative News Network - http://investigativenewsnetwork.org/innovation/

J-Lab - http://www.j-lab.org/

JournalismFund.eu - http://www.journalismfund.eu/

Journalism Grants - http://journalismgrants.org/

Journalism Networks List - http://www.journalismfund.eu/global-investigative-journalism-networks

Media Legal Defense Initiative - http://www.mediadefence.org/

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig - http://www.leipziger-medienstiftung.de

New Media Journalism Resources - http://journalismdegree.org/new-media/

The New York Times Op-Docs - http://www.nytimes.com/video/op-docs/

Nieman Journalism Lab: http://www.niemanlab.org/

One World Media: http://oneworldmedia.org.uk/

Open Society Foundations Media Programme - http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/programs/media-program

The Pascal Decroos Fund - http://www.fondspascaldecroos.org/en

ProPublica: http://www.propublica.org/

Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting - http://pulitzercenter.org/

Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism - https://www.crji.org/index_en.php

Rory Peck Trust Resources - https://rorypecktrust.org/resources/professional-development/funding-sources/international-grants

Reporters Without Borders - http://en.rsf.org/

SCOOP - http://i-scoop.org/scoop/

SKUP Norway - http://www.skup.no/

Stichting Democratie en Media - http://stdem.org/en

Swiss Investigative Reporters - http://www.swissinvestigation.net/en/home/

Thomson Reuters Foundation - http://www.trust.org/

VVOJ Association of Investigative Journalists - http://www.vvoj.nl/

Witnesshttp://blog.witness.org/category/video-for-change/how-to-toolkits/

Business Advice and Resources (UK Focus)

THE BUSINESS AND IP CENTREhttp://www.bl.uk/bipc/advice/

Crowdfunding

Crowd funding offers you the chance to find a community of sponsors to create excitement and a campaign of support around your film project. What you have to do is post your project on a site, with a trailer tailored for the campaign, a target fund and promote the project to encourage contributions. Do your research and be aware of the differing charges and effectiveness of each site. EDN lists a number of resources on their site:
http://www.edn.dk/financing/crowd-funding/

And here are a few of the leading sites:
BUZZBNK: https://prod.buzzbnk.org/

DANA: https://dana.io/

INDIEGOGO: http://www.indiegogo.com/

KICKSTARTER: http://www.kickstarter.com/

SPONSUME: http://www.sponsume.com/ Also offers some guidance on crowd-funding

For an overview of platforms available to UK filmmakers see this site: http://www.crowdingin.com/

STRATEGY: http://www.sponsume.com/getting-started/7-deadly-sinscrowdfunding
and very usefully, how to make a pitch:
http://www.sponsume.com/how-shoot-yourself-camera

READ THE SMALL-PRINT: Each has different terms and conditions in relation to revenue intake.

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Distribution Options

This rather beautiful infographic outlines the innovative, growing and mutating fields for documentary distribution. The term no longer means simply showing your film on TV, in the cinema and on DVD once it is complete: An expanding web of organisations, partnerships, platforms, tools, spaces and people can connect your film to an audience from conception to completion. For example - if you crowdfund your documentary's development offering merchandise, credits and other incentives you begin to create an audience and film identity from day one. So don't just think about making your film, think about making your audience.

Hit the 'Download File' button below for our 'Distribution Options' infographic!

Below we also note some innovative UK and International documentary distributors that you may wish to contact to get your film out in the world.

A round-up of Peter Broderick's words on creating a distribution strategy. This page gives a good set of guidelines to consider from the outset:

http://www.documentaryhowto.com/documentary-tips/138-documentary-tip-7-distribution-strategies-for-a-changing-world

and here are some wise words for 2014 from:

THOM POWERS - http://stfdocs.com/film/distribution-advice-for-2014/

TED HOPE - http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2013/01/how-to-get-ready-for-that-film-festival.html

PETER BRODERICK - http://www.peterbroderick.com/distributionbulletins/distributionbulletins.html

INDIEWIRE ROUND-UP: http://www.indiewire.com/article/attention-filmmakers-diy-digital-distribution-platforms-for-you

There are many distributors out there operating on traditional, new and mixed models. Here are a few individuals and organisations to check out:

ASSEMBLE: http://joinassemble.com/

BEAMAFILM: http://www.beamafilm.com/

BFI UK NEW MODELS REPORTS: http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry/lottery-funding-distribution/insight-reports-case-studies-audience-research/new-models-awards-insight-reports

DECKERT: http://deckert-distribution.com/

DISTRIBBER: http://www.distribber.com/

DISTRIFY: http://distrify.com/

DOC ALLIANCE: http://dafilms.com/

DOCHOUSE: www.dochouse.org/

DOCSONLINE: docsonline.tv

DOGWOOF: dogwoof.com/

FANDOR: fandor.com

FILMSPROUThttp://www.filmsprout.org/

GATHR: http://gathr.us/

GOODSCREENINGSwww.goodscreenings.org/

ILOVEDOCS: ilovedocs.com

INDIEPIX: indiepixunlimited.com

MUBI: mubi.com

ONLINEFILM: onlinefilm.org

OURSCREEN (UK): https://www.ourscreen.com/

PETER BRODERICKhttp://www.peterbroderick.com/

REELHOUSE: http://www.reelhouse.org/

ROCO FILMShttp://www.rocofilms.com/

ROOFTOP FILMShttp://rooftopfilms.com/

SEED & SPARK: http://www.seedandspark.com/bright-ideas

SIMPLE MACHINE: https://beta.smplmchn.com/

SNAG FILMS: snagfilms.com

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ARTIST SERVICE: http://www.sundance.org/artistservices/theatrical/resources/

TUGG: http://www.tugg.com/

VHX: vhx.tv

VODEO: vodeo.tv

VODO: http://vodo.net/

FURTHER LIST OF DISTRIBUTORS:  http://festivals.documentaryfilms.net/Category/filmmaker_resources/documentary_distributors/

SCREENDAILY DISTRIBUTION NEWShttp://www.screendaily.com/news/distribution/

SHOOTING PEOPLE ENGAGE 101: http://www.slideshare.net/Bnewman01/shooting-people-engage101

VOD PLATFORMS LIST: http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2011/08/how-would-you-use-all-27-new-platforms-available-for-direct-aka-diydiwo-distribution.html

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  • Distribution Options
  • The distribution market is in flux. This infographic gives you a simple overview of this complex new world.

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Resources for Short Documentaries

The world of short docs (under 30mins) is forever in flux. They are like a vagrant cat: Everyone loves them but noone wants to pay for them or give them a long-lasting home. They thrive on short-term initiatives and the dedication of eager filmmakers honing their craft and satisfying sometimes quite weird pursuits of interest. Support for short-docs varies internationally thus we focus mainly on UK links here. This section provides a basic list of people currently supporting short docs through production, exhibition or discussion.

AEON FILM: http://aeon.co/film/about/

BRIDGING THE GAP: http://www.scottishdocinstitute.com/About-Bridging-the-Gap.html

BRITISH COUNCIL SHORTS SUPPORT: http://film.britishcouncil.org/our-projects/on-going-projects/shorts-support-scheme

COLLABOR8TE: http://collabor8te.com/

CINELAN: http://www.cinelan.com/

DOCHEADS: http://www.docheads.org/

THE DOCUMENTARY BLOG:  http://www.thedocumentaryblog.com/index.php/category/short-documentaries/

ENCOUNTERS FILM FESTIVAL:  http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/

FIRST BROADCAST: http://first-broadcast.com/

FOCUS FORWARD FILMS: http://www.focusforwardfilms.com/

IDEAS TAP: http://www.ideastap.com

LESS THAN FORTY: http://lessthanforty.tumblr.com/

LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: http://shortfilms.org.uk/

RAINDANCE GUIDEhttp://raindance.co.uk/site/worlds-top-festivals-for-short-films

RANDOM ACTS: http://randomacts.channel4.com/

RUSHES SOHO SHORTS: http://www.sohoshorts.com/

SHORT OF THE WEEK: http://www.shortoftheweek.com/

SHORTS IN THE UK: http://www.weareukfilm.com/shorts

THE SMALLS: http://www.thesmalls.com/

VIMEO AWARDS: http://vimeo.com/

VIRGIN MEDIA SHORTS: http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/

WHY POVERTY?: http://whypoverty.net/short-films/

YOUR WORLDVIEW: http://www.yourworldview.org.uk/

4DOCS: http://www.4docs.org.uk/wiki/index.php/IdeasTap:_Ideas_Fund_Shorts

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Resources for Art Documentaries

Long form documentaries produced by artists have seen a resurgence in recent years. Through dedicated support from a number of organisations and artist filmmakers pushing the boundaries of the format and medium more funds and festivals are emerging to support this kind of work. Here are a few leads for UK based productions:

AFVP: http://afvp.org.uk/main

ANIDOX: http://anidox.com/

AND FESTIVAL: http://www.andfestival.org.uk

ARIKA: http://arika.org.uk/

ARSENAL BERLIN: http://www.arsenal-berlin.de/en/home.html

ARTQUEST: http://www.artquest.org.uk/

ARTANGEL: http://www.artangel.org.uk/

ARTSADMIN: http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/

ARTLICKS: http://www.artlicks.com/opportunities

CPH:DOX: http://www.cphdox.dk

ELECTRA: http://www.electra-productions.com/

FILM AND VIDEO UMBRELLA: www.fvu.co.uk/

FLAMIN: http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk/resources/production_funding

FORMA - http://www.forma.org.uk/forma

HYBRID DOCUMENTARY: http://11polaroids.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/act-normal-hybrid-tendencies-in-documentary-film/

ISIS ARTS: http://www.isisarts.org.uk/home

IT'S GOT LEGS: http://itsgotlegs.tumblr.com/

JERWOOD FOUNDATION: http://jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org/

LUX: http://www.lux.org.uk/resources/introduction

LUX SURVEY: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33362484/LUX-moving-image-survey-summary-2010

LUX DISTRIBUTION GUIDE: http://lux.org.uk/resources/distribution-guide/about

NO.W.HERE LAB: http://www.no-w-here.org.uk/index.php?cat=11&subcat=main

PICTURE THIS: http://www.picture-this.org.uk/

REELART: http://reelart.ie/

SHEFFIELD FRINGE: http://sheffieldfringe.com/

TANK TV: http://tank.tv/

THINK:FILM: http://www.thinkfilm.de/

UBUWEB: http://www.ubu.com/

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Documentary Festivals

There are lots of documentary festivals out there. They vary in programming style, audience, location and quality. We've put together a list available to download below with some pointers for dates of submission and dates of event. For updated information go to the respective websites. You may also want to check out DocHouseEDNfilmfestivals.com and this http://pinterest.com/mkaywoo/film-festivals/ for more extensive resources.

  • Documentary Festival Dates
  • What, when and where? This is a brief guide to the documentary festival market.

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Evaluation and Impact Distribution

In the last 10 years, documentaries are increasingly being recognised as a key medium for communicating social justice issues and inspiring social change. How to measure the social impact film of a documentary making real change in the world is still a maturing task. Below we provide some links to recently published reports and tools: Templates for other film projects giving best practice examples of gathering and presenting quantitative and qualitative data. More to come on BRITDOC's soon to be launched Impact Producer's resource site.

Tools and Advice:

ACTION NETWORK TOOLSET: https://actionnetwork.org/toolset

ACTIVE VOICE: http://www.activevoice.net/

BORDERLINE IMPACT PRODUCER GROUP: http://borderlinemedia.net/impact-producers-group/

BRITDOC IMPACT PRODUCER LAB: http://britdoc.org/real_good/impact-producers

CENTER OR MEDIA AND SOCIAL IMPACT: http://www.cmsimpact.org/

CENTER FOR SOCIAL MEDIA: http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/tags/social-documentary-impact-strategic-design-making-your-media-matter

and http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/tags/impact/designing-impact

CINECAUSEhttp://www.causecinema.com/

DIGITAL STORYTELLING FOR SOCIAL IMPACT: http://www.slideshare.net/RockefellerFound/digital-storytelling-for-social-impact

FILM INDEPENDENT CASE STUDIES: http://www.filmindependent.org/category/case-studies/#.Ui2RxmTthJE

FILM SPROUT: http://www.filmsprout.org/

FLEDGLING FUND IMPACT PAPER: www.thefledglingfund.org/media/pdf/ImpactPaper.pdf

FLEDGLING FUND: http://www.thefledglingfund.org/resources/impact

GOODFILM: http://goodfilm.org/

GFEM / MEDIA IMPACT FUNDERS: http://www.gfem.org/resources

HARMONY INSTITUTE: http://harmony-institute.org/

IMPACT SPACE (HI): http://harmony-institute.org/work/impactspace/

ITVS ENGAGEMENT: http://www.itvs.org/engagement/films

ITVS FIELD REPORTS: http://www.itvs.org/funding/resources/report-from-the-field-top-five

MEASURING IMPACT - ARTICLE: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/444

MEDIA IMPACT PROJECT: http://www.learcenter.org/html/about/?cm=mediaimpact

MEDIA IMPACT FUNDER'S LIST: http://www.mediaimpactfunders.org/category/assessing-impact-of-media/research/

NATION BUILDER: http://nationbuilder.com/

POV - ENGAGEMENT STRATEGISTS: http://www.pbs.org/pov/filmmakers/engagement-strategists.php#.UYIw8CvthJH

REGARDING HUMANITYhttp://regardinghumanity.org/case-studies-page/

SPARKWISE APP: http://sparkwi.se/tour/

THE IMPACT FIELD GUIDE: http://impactguide.org/

THUNDERCLAP: https://www.thunderclap.it/all

WORKING FILMS: http://www.workingfilms.org/

Case Studies:

ACTIVE VOICE: http://www.activevoice.net/casestudies.html

ALEX KELLY REPORT ON THE FIELD: http://echotango.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/AlexKelly_Churchillreport20131.pdf

BFI AUDIENCE REPORTS: http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry/lottery-funding-distribution/insight-reports-case-studies-audience-research/new-ways-reaching-audiences-distribution and case studies: http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry/lottery-funding-distribution/insight-reports-case-studies-audience-research

BRITDOC EVALUATION REPORTS: http://britdoc.org/real_good/evaluation

DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA CASE STUDIES: http://www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/case_studies

HARMONY INSTITUTE - BULLY: http://harmony-institute.org/blog/cases/bully/

IMPACT PLAYBOOK: http://harmony-institute.org/blog/cases/impact-playbook/

INDIE GAME THE MOVIE: http://www.indiegamethemovie.com/news/2012/10/31/indie-game-the-movie-the-case-study.html

THE EVOLUTION OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: http://www.cmsimpact.org/making-your-media-matter/documents/social-issue-documentary-evolution-public-engagement

Awards:

ONE WORLD MEDIA AWARD: http://oneworldmedia.org.uk/

PUMA IMPACT AWARD: http://britdoc.org/real_good/puma-creative-impact-award

SIMA: http://simaawards.org/

Partners/Providers:

FLEDGLING LIST: http://portal.thefledglingfund.org/provider

IMPACT PRODUCER GROUP: http://borderlinemedia.net/impact-producers-group/

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  • Outreach Resources 2012
  • An extended list of links to outreach tools, funds and advice.

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Technical and Equipment Advice

Technology can be amazing, and it can be a headache. Don't waste time and money on it: Seek advice from professionals for free via the good old internet.

CINEMATOGRAPHY LINKS: http://berkeley-film.tobiasdeml.com/2013/02/22/film-ltk-filmmaking-links-tutorials-knowledge-2013/#cinematography

DOCUMENTARY TECH: http://documentarytech.com/

DV INFO: http://www.dvinfo.net/

POV BLOG POST: http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/2011/08/camera_kits_on_a_budget/

VIDEOMAKER: http://www.videomaker.com/

Blogs, News and Masterclasses

ACI:D: http://acidtext.tumblr.com/

BAFTA GURUhttp://guru.bafta.org/craft/docs-factual

BFI SIGHT & SOUND: http://sightandsounddigital.bfi.org.uk/

BRITDOC: http://britdoc.org/news

CENTRE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA INTERVIEWS: http://centerforsocialmedia.org/making-your-media-matter/showcase

COLLABDOCS: http://collabdocs.wordpress.com/

DOC CHANNEL BLOG: http://blog.documentarychannel.com/

DOCGEEKS: http://docgeeks.com/

DOCUMENTARIESABOUT.COM: http://documentaries.about.com/

DOCUMENTARY.NET: http://documentary.net/magazine/

DOCUTOPIA: http://blog.sundancenow.com/category/docutopia

DOHA FILM INSTITUTE FILM 3.0: http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmtalk/dfi-education/film-3-0

DOK REVUE: http://dokrevue.cz/en

DOX MAGAZINE: http://dox.mono.net/

EDN: http://www.edn.dk/news/latest-news/

FILMKOMMENTAREN: http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/ 

FILM PANEL NOTETAKER: http://thefilmpanelnotetaker.com/

ICO INDUSTRY BLOG: http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/blog/

INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECT: http://www.ifp.org/resources

IFP DIGITAL TALKS: http://www.youtube.com/user/IFPisindiefilm?feature=watch

INDIEWIRE: http://blogs.indiewire.com

NEWDOCEDITING: http://newdocediting.com/blog/

PINTEREST FILM RESOURCES: http://pinterest.com/jfischer3345/film-articles-and-resources/

POV BLOG: http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/

THE DOCUMENTARY BLOG: http://www.thedocumentaryblog.com/

REALSCREENhttp://realscreen.com/

REELISORhttp://www.reelisor.com/news/

SCREENDAILYhttp://www.screendaily.com/

SCREEN AUSTRALIA PODCASTS: http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/filmmaking/inspirations.aspx

SDI PODCASTS: http://www.scottishdocinstitute.com/podcast/

SHOOTING PEOPLE DOC BULLETIN: shootingpeople.org

STRANGER THAN FICTION: http://stfdocs.com/news/

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ARTIST'S SERVICEShttp://www.sundance.org/artistservices/blog/

TED HOPE BLOGhttp://hopeforfilm.com/about-ted

TRIBECA FUTURE OF FILM: http://www.tribecafilm.com/tribecaonline/future-of-film/

Videos:

BAFTAhttp://guru.bafta.org/home

CANADA NFBhttp://films.nfb.ca/capturing-reality/

SHEFFIELD DOC/FESThttp://www.youtube.com/user/sheffdocfest

SUNDANCE INSTITUTEhttp://www.sundance.org/video/playlists/meet-the-artists/

WORLDVIEWhttp://worldview.cba.org.uk/film_cats/director-exclusives/

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Webdocs and Transmedia

Web based documentaries in some form have been around for a while now, often offering interactive elements or narrative options for the viewer. Things have moved on rapidly from the days of cd-rom hypermedia on your Commodore Amiga: Recently technology has caught up with and even surpassed ideas of 'filmmakers' offering new platforms and software to explore. Here we list some examples of completed works and resources.

Examples:

AN ARCHIVE OF WEBDOCS: http://www.interactivedocumentary.net/interactive-documentary-archive/

NFB WEBDOCS: http://www.nfb.ca/interactive

ARTE WEBDOCS: http://www.arte.tv/fr/6560776.html

Read:

MOMENTS OF INNOVATION: http://momentsofinnovation.mit.edu/

MIT MEDIA LAB DISCUSSION: http://video.mit.edu/watch/communications-forum-documentary-film-and-new-technologies-10621/

MIT OPEN DOCUMENTARY LAB: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/

MIT OPEN DOC LAB RESOURCES: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/resources-2

OBSDOC REPORT ON NEW DIGITAL PLATFORMS: http://www.obsdoc.ca/recherches.e/portrait2011/

RACONTR READING LIST: http://racontr.com/blog/category/reading-lists/

RAMILLAS: http://www.ramillas.com/

REACT: http://www.react-hub.org.uk/future-documentary-sandbox/

SCREEN AUSTRALIA TRANSMEDIA PRODUCTION BIBLE: http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/filmmaking/digital_resources.aspx

TFI SANDBOX: http://sandbox.tribecafilminstitute.org/

TMC RESOURCE KIT: http://www.tmcresourcekit.com

WEBDOCS - A SURVIVAL GUIDE: http://notsocrazy.eu/

XO LABS PINTEREST RESOURCES: www.pinterest.com/xolabs

Platforms and Tools:

CHROMELAB: http://www.chromeweblab.com/ 

I-DOCS: http://i-docs.org/

KLYNT: http://www.klynt.net/

KORSAKOW: http://korsakow.org

LIVING DOCS: http://livingdocs.org/

MOZILLA POPCORN: http://popcornjs.org/

STORYCODE: http://storycode.org/

ZEEGA: http://zeega.org/

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Other People's Resources

Here are further links to resources available for free online. We'll try to refresh these details regularly to keep you up to date. Something missing? Send any reccommendations to luke@britdoc.org

AFCI (FILM COMMISSIONERS): http://www.afci.org/production-resources

ASSEMBLE WEB/DISTRIBUTION TOOL : http://joinassemble.com/

BFI FILM INDUSTRY: http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry

BRITISH COUNCIL: http://film.britishcouncil.org/resources

CALLFOR: http://www.callfor.org/

CANADA NFB: http://films.nfb.ca/capturing-reality/

CID: http://documentaries.org/resources/

CINEREACH: http://www.cinereach.org/grants/resources

CINEREGIO NETWORK OF FILMS FUNDS: http://www.cineregio.org/

THE COMMUNITY CHANNEL: http://resources.mediatrust.org/producers-paperwork/

DESKTOP DOCUMENTARIES: http://www.desktop-documentaries.com/index.html

DIGITAL BOOTCAMP - SHOOTING PEOPLE: http://digitalbootcamp.wikispaces.com/Funding

DIGITAL SECURITY FOR JOURNALISTS: https://rorypecktrust.org/resources/digital-security

DOC: http://www.docorg.ca/en/links-and-resources

DOCHOUSE RESOURCES: http://www.dochouse.org/resources

DOCMOVIES INDUSTRY: http://www.docmovies.com/index.php?option=com_linx&view=categories&Itemid=8

DOCULINK: http://www.doculink.org/resource.html

DOCWEST: http://www.docwest.co.uk/resources

DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION: http://www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/resources

DOKWEB PRODUCER’S CALENDAR AND INDUSTRY DIRECTORY: http://www.dokweb.net/cs/

EDN: http://www.edn.dk/resources/

FILM COLLABORATIVE: http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/resourceplace/

FILM INDEPENDENT: http://www.filmindependent.org/category/resources/

FLAMIN: http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk/resources

FLEDGLING FUND: http://www.thefledglingfund.org/providers

FUNDFILM: http://www.fundfilm.org/for_media/for_media_dos.htm

GFEM / Media Impact Funders: http://www.gfem.org/resources

ICO INDUSTRY BLOG: http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/blog/

IDFA: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/markets-funding/vrijman-fund/other-funds-resources.aspx

ILOVEDOCS: http://ilovedocs.com/

INDIEWIRE TIPS LIST: http://www.indiewire.com/article/indiewires-ultimate-guide-to-documentary-filmmaking-advice

ITVS CASE STUDIES: http://www.itvs.org/funding/resources/report-from-the-field

KAYS UK COMPANIES AND CREWS DIRECTORY: https://kays.co.uk/

KFTV PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND CREWS: http://www.kftv.com/

THE KNOWLEDGE UK FILM AND TV CONTACTS: http://www.theknowledgeonline.com/

KORDA FUNDING DATABASE: http://korda.obs.coe.int/archives/index

KTQ LABS: https://kartemquin.com/involve/filmmakers

MANDY CREW RESOURCE: http://mandy.com/

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY: http://www.nyfa.edu/documentary-school/

NFTS FILM CLINIC: http://www.nftsfilmclinic.co.uk/

PETER BRODERICK: http://www.peterbroderick.com/writing/writing.html

PBS FUNDING LIST: http://www.pbs.org/pov/filmmakers/documentary-funding-resources.php#.Uf_Eb2TthJE

POV BLOG: http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/

PRENUPS: http://www.theprenups.org/?q=content/websites

RORY PECK RESOURCES - GRANTS FOR JOURNALISTS: https://rorypecktrust.org/resources/professional-development/funding-sources

SEED AND SPARK: http://www.seedandspark.com/content/introducing-seed-spark-social-media-handbook

SUNDANCE ARTIST SERVICES: http://www.sundance.org/artistservices/

TED HOPE BLOGS: http://hopeforfilm.com/about-ted

TRANSMEDIA RESOURCES: http://www.tmcresourcekit.com/category/transmedia-how-to/

UK MEDIA DESK PUBLICATIONS: http://www.mediadeskuk.eu/about-us/publications/

WITNESS - VIDEO FOR CHANGE: http://witness.org/resources/

WOMEN MAKE MOVIES: http://www.wmm.com/resources/for_filmmakers.shtml

WORKBOOK PROJECT: http://workbookproject.com/

WORKING FILMS: http://www.workingfilms.org/article.php?id=149

Legal, Insurance and Security

JON M. GARON: http://www.gcglaw.com/resources/entertainment/index.html

BBC NETWORK GUIDE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/filmnetwork/filmmaking/guide/

DIGITAL SECURITY RESOURCES: http://akademie.dw.de/digitalsafety/best-online-digital-security-resources-for-journalists/

MEDIA INSURANCE BROKERS: http://www.mediainsurance.com

MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS RESOURCES: http://journalismdegree.org/media-law-ethics/

MEDIA LEGAL DEFENCE: http://www.mediadefence.org/

PENN DOCS AND LAW BLOG: https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/documentaries/blog/

DESKTOP DOCUMENTARIES INSURANCE ADVICE: http://www.desktop-documentaries.com/film-production-insurance.html

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS LEGAL DEFENCE FUND: http://www.spj.org/ldf.asp

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR ARTS: http://www.vlany.org/

Useful Links

Save hours of searching for support, click the links below and you'll find an international community of documentary lovers, makers, supporters and funders.

Online Networks

D-WORD: www.d-word.com/

DOCNEXT: http://www.docnextnetwork.org/

REELISOR: www.reelisor.com/

UK

BFI INDUSTRY: http://industry.bfi.org.uk/

CREATIVE ENGLAND SUPPORT: http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/

DFG: thedfg.org/

DOC CON: https://www.facebook.com/docconlondon

DOCHEADS: www.docheads.org/

SCOTTISH DOCUMENTARY INSTITUTE: www.scottishdocinstitute.com/

UK Screen Agencies

FILM LONDON: http://filmlondon.org.uk/

FILM AGENCY WALES: http://www.filmagencywales.com/

MANDY PRODUCTION RESOURCES: http://www.mandy.com/

NORTHERN FILM AND MEDIA: http://www.northernmedia.org/

NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN: http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/

SCREEN SOUTH: http://www.screensouth.org/

SCREEN YORKSHIRE: http://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/

North America

CINEREACH: www.cinereach.org/tag/documentary

HOT/DOCS: http://www.hotdocs.ca/index.php/conference/online_publications

SUNDANCE: www.sundance.org/programs/documentary/

TRIBECA: www.tribecafilminstitute.org/filmmakers/gucci_documentary/

UNIONDOCS: http://www.uniondocs.org/

International

EADN: http://www.europe-asia-documentary.com

EDN: http://www.edn.dk/

IDFA: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/markets-funding/vrijman-fund/other-funds-resources.aspx

iREP DOCUMENTARY FORUM: http://www.irepfilmfestival.com/

SOUS L’ARBRE A PALABRES: http://souslarbreapalabres.org/?lang=en

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Practical Books and Guides

There are many books out there covering production, fundraising and methodology. With so much information, screenings of masterclasses, podcasts and ebooks available free online you don't need to spend lots of money to get good advice. Here we list some recent publications and other people's reading lists.

DER lists books on documentary filmmaking: http://www.der.org/resources/#production

CENTER FOR SOCIAL MEDIA offer a wide range of articles on production issues: http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org

KINO-EYE list a wealth of books and other resources on their site: http://kino-eye.com/reference/documentary-resources/

Advice on creating your documentary fundraising trailer: FERNANDA ROSSI - Trailer Mechanics

The basics of visual storytelling: NANCY KALOW - Visual Storytelling

Tips for filmmaking in the digital age: MATTHIEU LIETAERT -  Webdocs: A Survival Guide for Online Filmmakers

Various books on new distribution: JON REISS - http://jonreiss.com/books/

DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION - Understanding Documentary Budgets

ITVS - Production Manual

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Film Courses in UK

We list a number of masterclasses and workshops in our 'What Next?' funding guide as many of these events culminate in opportunities to pitch for finance. If you're looking for a further education course in documentary film, visual anthropology or similar, then try searching through the below directories.

Courses can range from BA to MA, Short Introductions to Masterclasses. If you're interested in meeting people who can help you make your film perhaps look out for local film clubs, community courses or join networks like Shooting People and DFG

BFI MEDIA COURSES DIRECTORY: http://www.bfi.org.uk/education/talkscourses/mediacourses/

HOT COURSES: http://www.hotcourses.com

MEDIA GUIDE TO EU COURSES: http://www.mediadeskuk.eu/assets/Uploads/Downloads/MEDIA-INITIAL-TrainingGuide2012-WEB.pdf

SHOOTING PEOPLE COURSE DIRECTORY: http://shootingpeople.org/directory

SKILLSET TRAINING: http://www.skillset.org/film/training_and_events/

UCAS COURSE FINDER: http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/coursesearch/

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Paperwork

Paperwork: Nobody loves it, particularly not filmmakers. If you don't have a genius producer helping with your project and you want to plan your budget, schedule and cover your back legally; we advise that you follow procedure and print a few of these off.

DEPENDENT FILMS offer a number of free downloadable templates here:

http://www.dependentfilms.net/files.html

THE PRENUPS gives you the lo-down on new forms of film-funding and building relationships with funders:

http://www.theprenups.org/

The below documents provide a basic toolkit for use in development and production. There are many variations of these documents so we offer basic examples to adapt for your own purposes.

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