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These Essential Online Tools can Help you Finance Your Documentary


Getting funding for documentaries can be a challenging task, but there are a number of tools that make it easier to achieve this goal. With the EDN Financing Guide, the EDN Co-Production Guide and a variety of other tools available online at, filmmakers will find invaluable information on how to move ahead with their docs. EDN has now published a set of video walkthroughs that briefly illustrate the most important features of this toolkit.

When it comes to acquiring funding for documentary projects, filmmakers can save valuable time and resources when doing it in a targeted way. The EDN online tools for filmmakers provide fast answers to important questions like: Which broadcaster has slots, strands and programmes that comply with the format of your documentary? Which of these might be intersted in developing, funding or acquiring specific docs and who are the buyers/commissioning editors at these broadcasters? This information - including the contact details of the right persons to get in touch with - can be found in The EDN Financing Guide in a structured and well organized way. Additionally, the guide can be searched for details on film funds and distributors that focus on documentary films.

Another key resource, also available online, is The EDN Co-Production Guide which is helpful when filmmakers plan to acquire funding by co-producing with European partners. The guide features helpful overviews for 30 European countries including essential information on available funding amounts, previously supported films, application procedures, relevant organizations, decision makers and much more.

Video Introductions: EDN Online Tools for Documentary Filmmakers

EDN has recently published a number of short introduction videos illustrating how the EDN online environment (specifically the two online guides) can be used by filmmakers to quickly access information that can help their documentary projects and films get funded. An additional video, focusing on the EDN online environment, provides a brief overview of all resources available on You can access the video introductions via the links below.


The EDN Financing Guide

The EDN Co-Production Guide

The EDN Online Environment / Online Resources for Documentary Filmmakers

More information about EDN - European Documentary Network (and the services available on can also be found here.

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Find documentary financing opportunities in The EDN Financing Guide

See co-production possibilities in The EDN Co-Production Guide

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