Philanthropic Funding For Documentaries in Canada

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Context Summary: The two sectors of philanthropy and documentary share a common purpose. However, philanthropy as a source of funding for documentaries remains surprisingly undeveloped in Canada, despite the considerable benefit it would offer to all parties. The Canadian philanthropic sector, including grant making foundations, corporate and individual donors, represents an untapped resource for the documentary community.

This study examined initiatives drawn from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States to gain a better understanding of how they might be applied to the Canadian context. The report includes an industry –wide strategy and key actions for stakeholders.

Research Firm: The study was commissioned by the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Study Funding: The study received financial support from Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board.