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  • Is it raising the considerable amount of money you'll need to make your documentary film? 

  • Is it not being able to pay yourself to actively work on your documentary film?

  • Is it not knowing how you'll distribute and market your documentary film once it's made?

  • Is it that you're trying to do everything yourself to make your documentary film without a team of support?


On Completion Of This Course You Will Have Learned

WHY you are making your film and what you are going to achieve with it. (This will help you keep your focus throughout your film's life cycle).

WHO your film is for and how you are going to reach them. (You will be connected to your eager and engaged niche audience).

WHERE to find the money for your film and how to get it. (You will know how to fund your film after completing this course!).

WHERE you can generate FREE and effective marketing and support for your film. (These may be the best marketing sources there are).

HOW to develop a grassroots network and build funding and distribution teams. (You won't have to make this film alone!)

HOW to pitch your film concisely and articulately whether talking to major donors, potential partners or grant funding organizations. (Generating money and other support for your film).

HOW to create (via step-by-step tutorials) the tools, pitches and proposals you need to make your film a reality. (These documents truly are ESSENTIAL to your success).

WHERE your film will meet it's audience with your tailor-made distribution strategy. (Know how your film will be available before it's even made).

HOW you can sustainably support yourself whilst making your documentary film. (Your film NEEDS you to make it!)

Raising Money For Your Film Is Not Overwhelming When You Know How And Where To Find It

What You'll Get

  • 25+ Multi-media Tutorials

    Through visual and audio video tutorials and text modules you will learn key concepts, information and strategies you need to ensure your film's success.

  • Templates and Supportive Documents

    Access to templates, checklists and other supportive materials will make you more productive and efficient as a documentary filmmaker.

  • Module Workbooks

    Through the vital and comprehensive module workbooks you will apply the concepts, information and strategies you are learning to your own documentary film.

  • Expert Guest Webinars

    Instant access to our archive of industry guest webinars which cover a range of topics including funding, editing and legal considerations for your documentary film. A goldmine of information!

  • Community Support

    You will be welcomed into our private community Facebook group where you can find guidance, support and inspiration as you work through the course.

  • Immediate and Lifetime Access

    Upon enrolling you will have immediate access to the course content, so you can start right now! And you also have lifetime access so you can fully utilize the course at any time in the future.

  • No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee

    We created this course to help take your film to another level. However, if you are not completely satisfied simply contact us within 14 days and you'll receive a full refund. There is absolutely no risk.

  • Exclusive Discounts

    As an enrollee of Independent Documentary Filmmaker 101 you will receive significantly discounted rates to our other resources including workshops, events and 1:1 coaching.

This Course Is An Essential Resource For The 21st Century Independent Filmmaker

Course Content

  • 01
    Welcome to Independent Documentary Filmmaker 101! Please START HERE.
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    • Welcome From Chris
    • Course Overview And Aims
  • 02
    Module 1: Perspective and Mindset
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    • Perspective and Mindset
    • Goals and Intentions
    • Imposter Syndrome
    • Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Money Mindset
    • WATCH: Lesson 1.1 - What does it mean to set your film foundation?
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    Module 2: Pitches and Proposals
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    • Pitches and Proposals
    • Elevator Pitch
    • Film Fundraising Trailer
    • Documentary Film Proposal
    • Documentary Film Budget
    • WATCH: 1.2 - Choosing your documentary film idea
  • 04
    Module 3: Presence and Connection
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    • Presence and Connection
    • Film Website
    • Email List
    • Social Media
    • Niche Audience
  • 05
    Module 4: Film Finances
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    • Film Finances
    • Funding For Your Documentary Film
    • Fundraising Strategy and Options
    • Individuals Donations
    • Grant Funding
    • Crowd Funding
    • FIscal Sponsor
    • WATCH: Lesson 3.1 - Setting your funding foundation
  • 06
    Module 5: Film Distribution
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    • Film Distribution
    • Distribution Strategy
    • Distribution Options
    • Building Your Distribution Team
    • Distribution Budget
  • 07
    Module 6: Film Promotion
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    • Film Promotion
    • Partnerships
    • Film Press Kit and Release
    • Behind-The-Scenes Footage and Stills
    • Grassroots
  • 08
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    • Supportive Resources
    • Before You Go
  • 09
    Bonus 1 - Filmmaking Tips
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    • WATCH: Conducting the interview
    • WATCH: Your film broll
    • WATCH: Filming abroad Pt.1
    • WATCH: Filming abroad Pt.2
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    Bonus 2 - Webinar Archive
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    • WATCH: Editing Your Doc Film w/ Paddy Bird
    • WATCH: Funding Your Doc Film w/ Morrie Warshawski
    • WATCH: Selling Stock Footage w/ Pat McGowan
    • WATCH: Legal Do's & Don'ts w/ Gordon Firemark
    • WATCH: Doc Film Distribution w/ Jon Reiss
    • READ: Exclusive Discounts & Resources

Everything You Need To Create A Successful Documentary Film Is Available To You

What Others Are Saying

“What an interesting show! Thanks so much for getting all of the inside information on the funding side. I sincerely enjoyed listening. I am a committed fan and I am looking forward to your next show. Thank you so much for your work. It’s benefiting all of us. ”



“The Documentary Life is one of my favorite podcasts and is an invaluable resource for beginning filmmakers and veterans alike. Making docs can be a long and sometimes lonely road, and this show fosters community, offers practical advice, and provides major inspiration. There’s nothing else like it out there.”



“You and Stephanie have created something that will continue to inspire and educate for years to come. I look forward to making the most of this wonderful resource as I continue to grow as a storyteller”



“There are a lot of filmmaker podcasts out there, but The Documentary Life podcast is great because of its focus on documentaries. Documentary is a special type of beast so it's great to have a resource to talk with people who have done it before and are doing it now.”



“I want to thank Chris and Stephanie for pushing me off the ledge and into the film making world. The early podcast (#8 - How to Finish Your Documentary Film) did for me what Chris had intended it to do - deliver a piece of inspiration and confidence for me to get on with making my film and forced me to ask myself - "if not now, when?" I now have a completed feature length film, and can honestly say I am living 'My Documentary Life'”



“What you’re doing with The Documentary Life nobody else is doing and it’s an area that needs to be looked at and touched upon. Being a filmmaker is not separate from being a human being in incorporating your whole life in an expression through documentaries. They look at the how-to but they don’t look at the why-to enough, so I applaud you with what you have put together and what you’re looking at because I think it’s vitally important.”



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Imagine The Possibilities

What could you achieve if you worked through the Independent Documentary Filmmaker 101 course, with it's strategy, information and guidance, and applied it to your own doc film?

You could have access to the resources you need to make your greatest vision for your film a reality.

You could work on your film full-time, being financially compensated at each stage of your film's life cycle.

You could hire an experienced crew and other professionals. You would NOT have to make your film alone. 

Your film could be received by an eager and engaged audience, who can't wait to not only see it, but to champion it too.

You could achieve all the goals and intentions you have for your film whether they be financial, social movement or career-based.

You could replace stress, fear and overwhelm with a focused, effective and positive attitude toward your doc filmmaking adventure.

Enroll Now And Let's Get To Work On Making Your Documentary Film A Success!