the worldwide community of documentary professionals

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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 14,600 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

Topic Name Category Posting Date
Help with The D-Word Public Last post 1 day ago
Introduce Yourself Social Last post 3 days ago
Ends Wed 17 May 2017
Public Last post 5 days ago
Recommended Docs Public Last post Fri 14 Apr 2017
Mentoring Room Public Last post Fri 7 Apr 2017

Professional topics

35+ active conversations open to Professional members only

Topic Name Category Posting Date
99+ Documentary FestivalsBusinessDaily
99+ CinematographyTechnicalDaily
44 Research and ArchivesCreativeDaily
99+ FundingBusinessDaily
22 Developing StoriesCreativeDaily
94 Works in ProgressCreativeDaily
38 Sound and MusicTechnicalDaily
99+ Travels and AdventuresSocialDaily
99+ Marketing and DistributionBusinessDaily
40 EditingTechnicalDaily
99+ Professional ClassifiedsBusinessDaily
46 Community EngagementBusinessDaily
99+ & Many More...

Archived Topics

Topic Name Category Archived Date
Sight, Sound and Story - The Art of the Cinematographer Public Archived Wed 7 Oct 2015
Sight, Sound & Story - 2015 Public Archived Fri 19 Jun 2015
Distrify and The D-Word Public Archived Sun 8 Feb 2015
Getting Real Conference Public Archived Sat 25 Oct 2014
The D-Word's 15th Birthday Bash! Public Archived Sat 20 Sep 2014
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New at The D-Word

  • The 2017 edition of Hot Docs is fast approaching, and we've opened a special topic for the occasion.  

  • If you missed our live reports from last week's DOC NYC PRO Documentary Marketing Boot Camp, you can read all about it here.

  • If you're a documentary professional but you only have Fan status on The D-Word, you can apply for Professional status here, which will give you access to all our discussion topics (over 40, in all). It's free but not automatic.

  • 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.