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Alternative Funding

How to Avoid the Commissioners and Still Get your Films Made


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The usual route to getting your factual programme commissioned is to:

  • Get the channel brief and bang your head against a brick wall to come up with something that fits. And then hate yourself.
  • Refuse to bow to lowest-common-denominator-populist-dumbing-down-reality-TV peddlers and continue to pitch your save-the-world documentaries. You never eat and your children are in rags.

There is a third way, based on the US model of indie film production, which involves finding funding partners who share your values, such as grant-making bodies, trusts and non-profit organizations who feel as strongly as you do that your story is worth telling.

Read Realscreen’s interview with Christo Hird of Dartmouth Films (ex-Fulcrum RIP) to find out how he’s doing it it.

Find out more about foundation and other types of funding in Give Me the Money and I’ll Shoot! Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project


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