Documentary Development and Fundraising

Documentary Development and Fundraising


Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University



16 hours



One of the most vexing aspects of the documentary film development process is the creation of a compelling treatment that funders will find intriguing. An effective treatment will also provide the filmmaker with an invaluable road map that will guide them during production and post. In this course, students will work with the instructor and their fellow students to develop and refine their documentary ideas, develop a fundraising strategy, and write a comprehensive grant proposal that they can use to apply to the sources of funding identified in their fundraising strategy.


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