State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit

Released in partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA), this report explores issues facing the documentary film community, with a goal of articulating tangible, actionable strategies and initiatives to positively impact the field and contribute to a sustainable and healthy ecosystem for documentary professionals. The report highlights key findings and recommendations from the February 2017 Documentary Sustainability Summit, a convening that brought together 80 filmmakers, producers, distributors, film festival representatives, funders, and other stakeholders in the documentary community, as well as leaders from federal, state, and local government agencies. Reflecting conversations held at the summit, the report provides a comprehensive overview of sustainability challenges, alongside case studies and additional resources, to further forward this field-wide discussion on a national level. 44 pp.