the worldwide community of documentary professionals

RIch Hill
RIch Hill (2014), Directors Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo

Welcome to The D-Word

The D-Word hosts discussions about the art, craft, business, and social impact of documentary film. Our Public Topics are open to all but limited to just a few discussions. Documentary professionals, however, can apply for free access to a wide range of industry discussions (and more!) in our Business, Creative, Social, and Technical Topics.

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Founded in 1999, The D-Word has become the web's leading documentary community with more than 13,000 members from 127 countries. Learn more about The D-Word.

Engaged Professionals

The D-Word's membership includes some of the top documentary professionals working in the field. Whatever your doc dilemma may be, you can be sure that there's someone here with a smart idea to help you figure it out.

The Business of Docs

There is a lot of business involved in getting your documentary out into the world. Whether you're seeking input on distribution deals, marketing, legal questions, funding opportunities or relevant industry events, you'll find them all at The D-Word.

Peer Sounding Boards

Whether you need input on your funding sample, brainstorming a title for your latest opus, or some sound input on how to navigate a tricky ethical situation with your subject, The D-Word membership has proven itself to be one of the most generous communities out there.

Technical Discussions

Wondering about the latest camera to invest in? How to make FCP X submit to your wishes? Why you keep getting that error message or the optimum encoding settings? You'll find D-Word's technical topics teeming with information from working pros.

Moral Support

Documentary filmmaking can be a lonely task, and sometimes you just need someone who gets it to talk to. Our social topics are there to celebrate your successes, and cheer on your most inappropriate venting. The D-Word provides community, wherever you may be.

Discussion Topics

New at The D-Word

  • We're once again partnering with Manhattan Edit Workshop on their next Sight, Sound & Story, an all-day summit on June 11 highlighting the art of post-production. D-Word members get $30 off the fee (a 33% discount) by registering here with the following promotional code: DWORD16

  • Planning to go to Sheffield Doc Fest this year? D-Word members can receive a discounted pass rate of £209+VAT by using the link here. Be warned we have a limited supply, and first come/first served.

  • Ever since the furor over #OscarsSoWhite, D-Worders have been weighing in on the subject of race and diversity, both in documentary filmmaking and in the film industry, in general. We invite everyone to join in, especially those who don't often participate in discussions here. For a summary of key points, click here.

    (This discussion is open to Professional members only. Don't hesitate to register for Pro membership if you have professional experience in the field of documentary. It's free, and we're open 24/7/365)

  • IndieWIRE celebrates The D-Word and our new design upgrade: "Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Here's the Online Community You Need to Know About."

  • The D-Word is "a lifeline for documentary filmmakers... unique in its generosity of knowledge and support," writes Oscar-winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR)." Read what else our members have to say about The D-Word.

  • If you're a documentary professional but you only have Enthusiast status on The D-Word, you should apply for Professional status which allows you to set up film profiles and gives you full access to our industry discussions. It's free but not automatic.