Organisations and companies useful to filmmakers creating Documentary films

  • Ping Pong - from UK documentary organisation BRITDOC

Ping Pong - from UK documentary organisation BRITDOC

Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation
The Foundation exists to nurture independent documentary filmmakers from the UK and around the world and develops new approaches in documentary filmmaking. Channel 4 is a founding sponsor, and to date BRITDOC grants have enabled over 60 award-winning and influential films to be made.

Around the world, the UK is seen as the home of documentary and as the production base for consistently innovative and excellent work. Yet, unlike most other European and American countries, we do not have a permanent centre dedicated to the exhibition, promotion and study of documentary. DocHouse aims to fill this gap and become the definitive heart of documentary activity in the UK, promoting the form for public access, encouraging its use at all levels of education and meeting the needs of documentary makers and audiences. It is a destination for the public, documentary makers, media professionals, students and teachers. It is a place that treasures and tracks the state of the art of this important medium and motivates its future. It brings people together and encourages them to examine the world around them in new ways.

The Documentary Film Group (DFG)
The DFG been running since 2001, operating as a non-profit organisation, dedicated to serving the needs of documentary film in all its aspects. The DFG provides industry-focussed training for established and aspiring documentary filmmakers and is a member of the elite Skillset Media Academy Network.

European Documentary Network
European Documentary Network covers all areas of the genre from all over the world: reviews of new films, reports from festivals, interviews with filmmakers, technical developments, industry issues, aesthetic and ethical issues. It is a membership organisation for filmmakers, producers, festivals, distributors, film institutions and universities worldwide.

Grierson Awards
Established in 1972 by the Grierson Trust, the Grierson Awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence. The Trust also runs education and mentoring initiatives.  British Council Film makes a selection of nominated films from the Grierson Awards available to screen internationally each year.  

Scottish Documentary Institute
SDI is an internationally recognised documentary research centre at Edinburgh College of Art specialised in documentary training, production and distribution, established in 2004. SDI aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry and offers a number of opportunities for Scottish and international filmmakers to get involved. Their short documentary production funding initiative “Bridging the Gap” is only open to Scottish based filmmakers. British Council Film works regularly with SDI staging workshops to help local filmmaking communities around the world tell their own documentary stories.

Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Doc/Fest)
Established in 1994 the festival celebrates the creativity and business of documentary film making. As well as screenings and awards Sheffield Doc/Fest offers a wide range of opportunities for new entrants and established filmmakers. In the Market Place there are opportunities to pitch new projects to potential production investors and production partners. There are Labs, talks and discussions on contemporary issues, and networking events to meet many of the international and national filmmakers, executives, distributors, commissioners, funders, advisors and buyers attending the festival. Since 2010, British Council has supported groups of documentary fimmakers from around the world to attend Sheffield as part of a growing section of international delegations.

Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a charitable foundation whose aim is to improve the health of humans and animals. For many years the Trust has been encouraging the collaboration between scientists and artists to help generate understanding and debate around key issues affecting science and society. This is achieved through a variety of awards and initiatives open to all art forms. 

The Wildscreen Trust
The Bristol based trust was established 25 years ago. Wildscreen's supporters, partners and collaborators include the world's most influential conservationists, environmentalists and broadcast industry leaders, and Wildscreen itself has established an international reputation and proven track record within the fields of natural history media, communications and education. One of the Trust’s initiatives is the biennial Wildscreen Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious and influential event for the international wildlife and environmental filmmaking industry.