Julia Scott-Stevenson

Julia is a writer and researcher of all things documentary, and even dabbles in making them herself from time to time.

A goldmine of documentary resources at BRITDOC

21 August 2013 | 0:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

The UK’s Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation has been growing its veritable treasure trove of resources for documentary filmmakers and fans of all stripes.


Aimed at filmmakers around the globe, from those getting started to more seasoned operators, this is a serious list of just about everything you need in the world of documentary resources. There’s how to write a proposal, updated lists of commissioners and funders, and exhaustive lists of distribution options.

There are specific resources for short docs, for art docs and for webdocs, and categories relevant to every stage of the filmmaking process. Particularly interesting is a collection of tools and advice for measuring social impact, a notoriously difficult thing to assess.

So whether you’re nursing the vague outline of a doc idea and wondering how to get started, or you’re in post-production and feeling you’ve exhausted all your funding and distribution avenues, this site is a vital stop on your journey. Even if you’re simply a doc fan who wants to know where the best festivals are, it’s worth a visit.

Image from Flickr user Garry Knight. 

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21 Aug 2013 12:35 AEST


From: Sydney

Worth checking out

Worth checking this site out. Channel 4 have always invested in documentaries.

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Julia Scott-Stevenson Julia is a writer and researcher of all things documentary, and even dabbles in making them herself from time to time. She lived in the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Samoa for a few years, where she made a documentary about the inaugural Miss Tokelau beauty pageant and a short documentary about climate change in Samoa, which screened at the inaugural Pacific Climate Change Film Festival. While in the Pacific she was subjected to limited internet connectivity, and was staggered to discover the possibilities in online documentary on her return at the end of 2008. She has since been making up for lost time by undertaking a PhD researching cross-platform documentary, and also working on a database documentary about volunteers. Julia is also on the programming team for Antenna International Documentary Film Festival.