the worldwide community of documentary professionals

Old South
Old South (2015), Director Danielle Beverly

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 15,900 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 about 16 hours ago
DOC NYC PRO Distribution Boot Camp
Ends Wed 4 Jul 2018
Public Last post 3 days ago
Introduce Yourself Public Last post Fri 15 Jun 2018
Mentoring Room Public Last post Fri 15 Jun 2018
Recommended Docs Public Last post Sat 7 Apr 2018

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 & Story 2018 Public Archived 5 days ago
Full Frame Doc Film Festival 2018 Public Archived Mon 16 Apr 2018
International Archival Research Public Archived Sat 16 Dec 2017
Sight, Sound & Story 2017: The Art of Cinematography Public Archived Sat 9 Dec 2017
The Other D-Word: Disability and Documentary Public Archived Mon 20 Nov 2017
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New at The D-Word

  • On June 28, Eli Brown will be live-blogging from  DOC NYC PRO Distribution Boot Camp exclusively for The D-Word. For those planning to attend in person, tell the box office you're a D-Word member and you'll get a $10 discount. 

  • 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.