Support at MDFF

MDFF’s aim is to support and promote independent documentary both here in Melbourne and around the world.

If you are...

  • Crowd funding a documentary project
  • Releasing a documentary online
  • Film Festival or Conference looking for promotion
  • Doing giveaways or comp tickets for an event
  • Hosting a documentary screening via Demand Films, Tugg or Fan Force
  • Hosting a film night
  • Fundraising

...then please email and we will get it out to our 7k Twitter, 7k Facebook, and 1k Instagram Followers as well as our 4k mailing list.


Crowd Funding




Seed and Spark

Tax Deductible Programs

Documentary Australia Foundations

Future Foundation

Grants in Australia

Screen Australia

Film Victoria



Queer Screen

Overseas Grants Available to Australian Filmmakers

Screen Craft

The Whickers

American Documentary Film Fund

Brit Doc

The Filmmaker Fund

The Fledgling Fund

Ford Foundation

Roy W Dean

Sundance Film Fund

Doc Society


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Helpful Articles

Grant Writing Tips

Essential Tips for Crafting Narrative for your Documentary

Non-linear way to Structure Your Documentary

Using Public Domain Footage

Pre-Post Primer

Strategies to Sustain Documentary Filmmaking

Finding your Documentary in the Edit

Making the Most of Your Documentary Release

Best Camera to Use

Movies about Movies


Using Music in Documentary

Making a Documentary Filmmaking Career

Sound Design in Documentary

Using Lens in Documentary

Essential Books for Documentary

Using Archival Footage

Using Templates for Documentary Filmmaking

Choosing Music

Tips for Documentary Filmmakers

How to Create a Documentary Character

12 Tips on How to Create a Documentary

8 Great Sources of FREE Public Domain Footage for Your Documentary!

Free Crowdfunding Course

Unconventional Funding Sources

Recommended Festivals

Aussie and Kiwi Film Festival

London Australian Film Society

Tribecca Film Festival

Big Sky Film Festival

American Documentary Film Festival

Down Under Berlin

Maoriland Film Festival

Open City Docs

Encounters Film Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Recommended Australian Festivals

Antenna Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

Transitions Film Festival

Setting Sun Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival

Recommended Regional Australian Film Festivals

Capricorn Film Festival

Screen Wave

Bryon Bay Film Festival

Vision Splendid

Dungong Festival

Lorne Film Festival