Membership Why Join?
"The thing that I love about DFG is that it's so inclusive and welcoming to people working at all levels in the industry. It's a great resource if you need to fill a knowledge gap, and a good place to network."
Natasha Dack, Tigerlily Films
Join DFG and you get access to:
- Special Events
Once signed up as a DFG Member, you can access exclusive information and resources online at thedfg.org, including:
- Industry news and announcements
- Contracts and downloadable templates
- Tips and Guides
- NEW: Access to the video archive of DFG events
- Festival Listings including open Calls for Entry and Submission Deadlines
You can also submit your own events, share your own news and comment on the issues and opinions raised in our new range of industry-focussed editorial.
Starting with our first series of Doc Talks in March 2010, DFG is launching a new strand of professional development events aimed primarily towards meeting the needs of DFG Members, including a development of our increasingly popular Mini-Meetmarket initiative in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest.
You will be entitled to priority booking and - if a fee is payable at all - to a heavily discounted rate.
Doc Clinic is an advice surgery available exclusively to DFG Members, giving participants the opportunity to work through their specific issues with an industry professional in an intimate environment. Previous clinics have focussed on project and proposal development.
As a member of DFG you can benefit from:
- An exclusive discount on all DFG 1 and 2-day Short Courses;
- A whopping great discount on passes to industry events like Sheffield Doc/Fest and Televisual’s Intelligent Factual Festival;
- A discount on the EDN’s invaluable Financing Guide;
- Special offers on cinema tickets, DVDs and books
When you join DFG, you don’t join a top-heavy organisation that tells you what’s best for you. As part of our commitment to strengthening the documentary filmmaking industry, we give all members the opportunity to join the DFG Steering Group: you can attend regular meetings, pitch suggestions and ideas, and even become a DFG Roving Ambassador in your country or region. It’s YOUR chance to shape DFG - and the documentary industry - for the better.
"I always suggest to people who are trying to get into the industry or get projects off the ground to contact DFG. As well as training they provide access to a community of fellow filmmakers which can be invaluable. Documentary making can be a lonely and isolating task. With DFG people are able to talk with other film makers, share ideas and experiences."
Simon Gilchrist, Producer
DFG began in 2001 as a gathering of documentary filmmakers who wanted to share ideas and create a regular dialogue about documentary film. In the following months, regular screenings took place: first of all in pubs, then cafés, then the London Film School, and as we became bigger, we started regular screenings and festivals in the West End. Suddenly there was outlet for an increasingly growing community of people who were interested in watching, making and discussing documentary films.
Weekly screenings attracted over 200 people, many of whom had to be turned away. As this community continued to grow, people started to demand other services: specific and affordable training; skills workshops; advice; consultation; production opportunities; more meetings; parties; chances to share thoughts of different films; debate; and to feel part of a documentary community, not only in London, but in the regions too. Our 'membership' grew and grew, and DFG was formally established as a not-for-profit company. Its overarching aim is this: to create a comprehensive resource for documentary enthusiasts and filmmakers.
In what seems a very short time, DFG has become the largest documentary-specific organisation in the UK. We now have over 8,000 non-paying members, plus 600 paying members who receive weekly information, production opportunities, advice, special seminars and meetings with commissioning editors. We are the largest provider of documentary training in the UK, and we continue to expand. We continue to run events, and work side by side with our sister company, Mosaic Films. This production company has produced award-winning films for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Five, and has a history of using new directors and new talent as part of the production team. All this has been achieved largely without public funding, and thanks are largely due to the determination of all who have been involved with DFG over the years.
Become part of this and join DFG.
Posted: 6th May 2010