Doc Society | Documentary Film Grants

by Doc Society (previously Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation)

Doc Society (previously BRITDOC) is a UK-based non-profit committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. Since 2005, Doc Society has supported over 350 films, granting 500,000 pounds in financing per year to films in all stages of production. In addition, Doc Society offers mentorship and training in outreach.

Doc Society is supported by Channel 4 TV and other sponsors, both in the UK and internationally.

Doc Society currently offers the following funds for filmmakers from or living in the UK:

  • BFI Doc Society Features Fund: For feature-length films in any stage of production.

  • The Climate Story Fund: For climate themed non-fiction projects with the intention to implement an impact campaign.

  • Doc Society currently offers the following fellowship for US-based filmmakers:

  • New Perspectives Fellowship: Two-year fellowship program open to projects in early development to production from filmmakers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or as members of historically underrepresented communities including race, religion, geographic region, physical ability, or citizenship status.

  • Doc Society is a team that understands documentary, from development to distribution; experts in brokering new partnerships between film and foundations, brands and broadcasters.

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    Mar 20, 2013
    Poitier Family Documentary
    by: Vera Poitier-Chase

    I am a Writer, Published Author of African Ancestry, I live in Nassau Bahamas.My interest as a Writer are many,in particular Genealogy and History. This has prompted me to begin the investigation of my life time which is to discover the origin of my father's last name, which is also my own "Poitier".

    In 1991, I began to search American Records in Florida, Alabama and Georgia in the United States thinking that perhaps Mr. Poitier had travelled to the Bahamas as an Anerican Loyalists with slaves after the American War of Independence in 1776.

    Over the past twenty (20) years,my investigative researches and travels have taken me to far away Caribbean Islands of Jamaica and Antigua,Countries of Canada and England.Also extensive record search in the French Islands of St. Croix,Haiti, and Martinique.
    On the Internet,I discovered the French Province called Poitier's,in France but did not make the connection that perhaps this was the Province where the "Poitier's" received their last name.

    During a trip to England in 1997, I visited the local cemetery in Weybridge, A Librarian at the Weybridge Library,gave me the information that directed me on a successful path to success. She told me to search the records in the Bahamas, also sold me a Historical Book called "The Atlantic Slave Trade" by Hugh Thomas.

    I did find Colonel Charles Poitier in Bahamian Records who was born in England and was sent to Jamaica by the English Government, then to the Bahamas, he brought his slaves.I have confirmed this information by requesting a copy of Mr. Poitier's Slave Registry.Here my gggg grandfather, March Sr (59). and his son, March(9) are listed.

    Because of my "post" at "English Genealogy",Charles Poitier's gggg grandson responded from Melbourne Australia.
    A DNA Test has confirmed that our African Roots are with The Mende people of Sierra Leone,West Africa.
    Charles Poitier who was the "Comptroller of Customs" in the early Bahamas died in 1821 and is buried in Western Cemetery, Nassau, Bahamas.

    Apr 18, 2014
    Documentary Charles Poitier England/Jamaica/Bahamas
    by: Vera Poitier-Chase

    I am a Writer and Historian of the Early Bahamas
    500 AD - 1838. Charles Poitier was a man I researched during my quest to find my Poitier Family Ancestry.I am impressed with the role he played in the History of England, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Also,his favorable approach to Slavery.

    I believe that a Documentary about Mr. Poitier who was honored many times during his Career for service to the British Government in the late 18th Century is long over due. I ask your assistance to be the first to do this along with Mr. Poitier's Great, great, great grandson who lives in Melbourne, Australia.

    Charles Poitier is buried in the Bahamas.

    My Article about Mr. Poitier is posted at your web site.Kindly advise.

    Oct 06, 2017
    info is out of date
    by: Anonymous

    Britdoc is now called Docsociety, and its grants have changed.

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