About the Program
Spotlight on Documentaries is an extremely successful and viable forum for U.S. and International buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new documentary feature and serialized projects. Presenting 60+ documentary projects ranging from those at an early financing stage (i.e. early development or in production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in post-production or at a rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers working in non-fiction.
Accepted filmmakers take part in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential financing and distribution partners, speed dating meetings with festival programmers, invitations to private documentary events, and exclusive access to the Filmmaker Conference.
Who Can Apply online
Filmmakers in development, production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution, and festival invitations. Projects may only be submitted by US filmmakers*, or, if an international project made by by a non-US filmmaker, through one of IFP’s Presenting Partners. All submissions through a Presenting Partner are by invitation only and must have been confirmed by that partner prior to submission or by direct invitation of IFP. For a list of our international Presenting Partners, see the bottom of this page.
*Documentary Features (intended 52 minutes or longer)
(work-in-progress features that are in production or post-production, but not yet complete, with sample material to submit)
*Documentary Series – Long Form (episode length 22 minutes or longer)
(limited or continuing series of two or more episodes; in development or production with sample material to submit preferred)
(limited or continuing series of three or more episodes; in development or production with sample material to submit required)