Helping Filmmakers

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

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Covid-19 Impact and Help for the Local Australian Documentary Sector

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the local, Australian film sector. We will be helping out by offering

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Melbourne Documentary Organisations





Crowd Funding




Seed and Spark


Go Fund Me

Other Ways to Fund Documentaries in Australia

Documentary Australia Foundations

Creative Partnerships

Australian Culture Fund

Future Foundation

Australian Arts Council

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 & Short Free Documentary Courses

3 Ways to Create Your Own DCP

Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass — Learn how to Plan, Write and Shoot your Documentary Film

Creating a Modern, Cinematic Documentary with Soul

Shooting a Character Documentary

Colour Grading for Filmmaking

Lighting Made Simple

Documentary Interview Techniques

Documentary Photography

Editing Interviews

Making a Mini Documentary

DIY Crowd Funding for Indie Projects

10 Tips for Crowdfunding Indie Projects

How to Make a VR Documentary

Create a Web Series

Creating a Festival Strategy

YouTube for Documentary Filmmakers

Grant Writing Tips

Essential Tips for Crafting Narrative for your Documentary

Non-linear way to Structure Your Documentary

Using Public Domain Footage

Free Documentary Resources

Lean Documentary Filmmaking

A Guide to Filming a Documentary on a Smartphone

Free Templates, Forms, and Resources for Documentary Filmmakers

Strategies to Sustain Documentary Filmmaking

Finding your Documentary in the Edit

Making the Most of Your Documentary Release

Best Cameras 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

Choosing Music

5 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make

Expert Tips for First-Time Documentary Filmmaking

Choosing Music

6 Documentary Filmmaking Tips from Barbara Kopple

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