I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought of PBS as a source for great entertainment ranging from the best in British drama to fabulous documentaries, insightful news reporting and more.
But one day when I was googling resources for filmmakers, I was surprised to discover that PBS offers wealth, not only for those watching, but also for those creating entertainment. Below are some of the great resources they’ve put together to help filmmakers complete, and bring their works to a larger audience.
- Pitching and Funding – This category covers grant sources for documentary film funding, funding sources for new media and web docs, a list for those interested in public media funding and broadcasting, and sources to find fiscal sponsors. (Wondering what a fiscal sponsor is and why you would need one? Check out this article)
- Engagement, Distribution & Marketing – Here you’ll find a list of engagement strategists that help increase penetration into various markets, a list of documentary film festivals, and a comparison of Do-it-yourself digital distribution platforms.
- Equipment & Technology – Under this category, you’ll find POV’s 2013 Documentary Filmmaking Equipment Survey (although I’m guessing there would be some significant changes since this study was fielded, it still offers interesting insights) and a list of interactive video-making tools (Fascinating! Be sure to check it out).
- Social Media – Contains a list of the top 25 Docutweeters that will help you stay on top of festival lineups, premieres and reviews, funding and submission opportunities, and key news for documentary filmmakers.
- Production – Under this heading, you’ll find a list of Youth filmmaking programs, many of them free!