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Skoll Partner

Doc Society

Foundation/Trust, Non Governmental/Non-Profit Organization

Description

The Doc Society (formerly known as BRITDOC Foundation) is a British non-profit organization, founded in 2005, with the mission to support great films, broker new partnerships, build new business models, share knowledge, and develop audiences globally. Doc Society believes documentaries have a unique ability to engage and connect people, transform communities, and improve societies. Since its inception, Doc Society has developed deep expertise in the translation of art into social change, with the tagline “Dedicated to the Impact of Art, and the Art of Impact.” They are best known not only for direct funding for award-winning documentaries (CitizenFour, Dirty Wars, The End of the Line, The Square, Virunga), but also for “Good Pitch” events, which bring promising documentary filmmakers together with potential partners to harness the power of film for social change. 197 film projects from 60 countries have been presented through Good Pitch, with over 1200 new partnerships forged and $23 million raised in additional funding for films and impact campaigns.

Skoll Partnership

Jointly funded by the Skoll Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Doc Society is launching a new film fund that offers second stage funding for joint social entrepreneur and filmmaker projects that are well positioned to further, widen, or deepen their impact and projects that explore new arenas of experimentation informed by rigorous data and evidence. Doc Society has developed deep expertise in the translation of art into social change. They are best known for direct funding of award-winning documentaries and for “Good Pitch” events, which bring promising documentary filmmakers together with potential partners to harness the power of film for social change. Doc Society will select 4-5 storytelling initiatives serving common grantees of both the Ford Foundation and the Skoll Foundation and provide them with financial support, expertise, and connections to ensure the highest likelihood their films will create true impact.

Focus

Issue Areas: Arresting Deforestation · Human Rights · International Justice · Living Conditions · Peace · Secondary Education · Women's and Girls' Education