From the outset we wanted to ensure that our top funding award was the game changing amount that Alan Whicker wanted it to be. To do this we needed to keep abreast of the true cost of creating a documentary in today’s world, but where were the statistics? We soon realized that to get the facts of the matter we would need to go out and find them ourselves.
This is how the Cost of Docs survey was born. Thanks to the input and social media networks of our partners at Sheffield DocFest and International Documentary Association (IDA), it has grown year by year. We can now follow emerging trends and provide data about the effect of major events such as Brexit, COVID-19 and the cost-of-living crisis. It is used by academics and documentary organisations across the globe, such as the University of The West of England UK, Durban University, Stockholm University of The Arts, and the UK’s Film and TV Charity.
You can read all 6 editions below.