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Becoming a member of DocuMentors gives you a fun, supportive, money-saving way to stay ahead of the curve in the documentary industry. New to the field? Membership will save you years of time navigating this very complex endeavor. A seasoned veteran? There’s plenty here for you too – the latest equipment info, funding updates, and filmmaker case studies. New features and content are being added weekly. Don’t be left out of the loop!


Plus, lock in the low rate of $19.95/month for the lifetime of your membership! (You'll be billed $39.90 total for 2 months & will receive the 3rd month free)



*EXPERT INTERVIEWS - Generous and enormously helpful!

*HOW TO TUTORIALS - Fundraising, Budgeting, Producing and more. These are detailed and very clear, crafted to help you get to t

*PRODUCER'S TOOLKITRelease Forms, Budgeting Tools, Composer Agreements, and much more

*FUNDRAISING TOOLSSample Awarded Grants, Tutorials, Trailers,

*INFO-PACKED DATABASESFunders, Broadcasters, Sales Reps


Enjoy privileged access to DOC TALKS, our teleseminar series with documentary industry experts, packed with the latest industry info. Plus, listen to the inspiring and encouraging real world stories of how award-winning filmmakers have made their films a reality. You can listen to all of these recorded calls at your leisure.

Guests have included:

Rahdi Taylor and Win-Sie Tow of the SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY FUND. Rahdi and Win-Sie spoke in detail about what the Fund is looking for and how to submit your best application possible.

Lois Vossen of INDEPENDENT LENS spoke about how this prestigious series is curated; how and when to submit; and what to expect in acquisition fees; and about the series' amazing outreach with your film.

Reva Goldberg and Adela Ladjevardi of CINEREACH spoke about how to determine if your project is right for CINEREACH funding and best methods for applying.

Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS. Richard told us how to maximize your chances of getting selected for funding.  ITVS gives out over $10 million a year to independent filmmakers - be one of them!

Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer of the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. Caroline revealed tips on getting into this prestigious, career-changing venue, and also how to maximize your film festival experience.

Carole Dean, founder of the ROY W. DEAN Film and Writing Grants, gave valuable tips on how to write a winning grant proposal.

Marc Rosenbush, founder of Internet Marketing for Filmmakers, talking about revolutionary and lucrative ideas to find, connect and sell to your film's niche audience.

Judith Dancoff of New Film Marketing, all about DIY methods to sell your film to the highly profitable Educational market. Take out the middle men and take back your profits!!

Rosemary Rotondi, Archival Footage and Stills expert researcher, gave amazing inside tips on how and where to find rare archival footage, including declassified government info, vintage and contemporary aerials and city scapes, art stills, and tons more. Also discussed are the ways to get the best rates for the best footage.

Erica Deiparine-Sugars, Robby Fahey and Monika Navarro gave the full story on ITVS LINCS, and how and when to apply and how to get the most matching funding from ITVS (up to 100K!).

Karen Everett, well-known story consultant, editor, owner of New Doc Editing, provided amazing strategies for crafting compelling docs.  This is important info to have especially when you're shooting!

Filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, while attending the Sundance Film Fest with their film JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, talking about how best to navigate Sundance and how they got their film made.

World-renowned entertainment lawyer, Michael Donaldson revealed the latest in Fair Use and how it is saving documentary filmmakers thousands of dollars and changing the way we tell stories.



Get exclusive access to everything you need to make your documentary happen now. This rich, up-to-the-minute treasure trove of documentary resources includes:
Fundraising Materials that will guide you down the tricky path of fundraising:
  • Sample Trailers that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from various foundations and funders
  • Funded Proposals that have been awarded monies from sources such as ITVS and the Sundance Institute
  • Actual Budgets—Real budgets from real films.  A must-have for any beginning filmmaker. A good, realistic budget gives funders confidence in you, giving you a huge edge when seeking documentary money. You’ll also get blank budget templates and a Going Rates Table for virtually every line item in a documentary budget.


TUTORIALS to help you sharpen your skills and stay on top of industry changes:

  • The Documentary Budgeting System - a full host of tools to help you learn or improve your budgeting skills. An 85 minute, in-depth tutorial on Accurate Documentary Budgeting, complete with blank budget templates and a Going Rates Table - simply awesome!
  • Crowdfunding - Hear it from one of the best - IndieGoGo's Danae Ringelmann lays out how to successfully crowdfund for your film. This is an excerpt from the Crowdfunding Success Summit.
  • Grassroots Fundraising Techniques
  • Bringing on a Producing Partner
  • Shooting & Directing, plus more Fundraising Tutorials coming soon

TEMPLATES & FORMS - Here are the crucial documents you’ve been trying to get your hands on. They will get your project started, through production and into distribution:

  • Release Forms
  • Composer Agreements
  • Budget Templates
  • Crew Agreements (coming soon)
  • Production Forms (coming soon)
  • Distribution Agreement Templates (coming soon)



  • Funding Sources - Who’s funding what right now, and how much are they giving? Maximize your chances for the most documentary money in the shortest amount of time.  (Just updated to include deadlines!)
  • Broadcast Buyers and Commissioners – Who are the people who make the documentary world go ‘round? Where do they work and what are they looking for now? Get privileged access to the latest information on the documentary industry marketplace.
  • Sales Reps - A listing of reputable Doc Sales Reps and their contact info.
  • Archival Film and Stills - We've got tons of recommended online sources for you to visit when you're searching for the best archival images for your film. Also provided are recommended archival researchers if you need a hand.
  • Opportunities Database - Want to apply for a filmmaker's lab? A special workshop? Find it. They're all in here! (coming soon)
  • Crew Database – Who’s the best documentary cinematographer in the part of the world you want to shoot in? Who’s the most affordable? A world of information at your fingertips. (coming soon)
  • Vendor Database- find the most documentary friendly vendors so that you can get the job done right for the best price. DocuMentor Member discounts abound. (In the works - coming soon)



THE DOCUMENTARY MUSIC VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM - an amazing collection of interviews with renowned doc composers Miriam Cutler and James Stemple, plus Music Rights A to Z with Brooke Wentz ofthe Rights Workshop and Filmmaker Ted Thomas (Walt & El Grupo) and Music Dealers. Also several invaluable templates and handouts to help you navigate hiring a composer and getting the best music for your money.



DocuMentors Private Coaching:
Unsurpassed, laser-focused, one-on-one documentary coaching with award-winning doc filmmaker and teacher, Jilann Spitzmiller. Available now for any stage of the documentary filmmaking process.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !