Industry Report: Documentary
Documentary funding reaches Tipping Point
by Naman Ramachandran
10/07/2009 - A unique funding scheme to enable the making of documentary films with a social conscience has been launched in the UK. The Tipping Point Film Fund (TPFF), supported by retail chain The Co-operative, will follow the model of “crowd funding”, where independent filmmakers can tap into their networks for funding and extend it by canvassing independent film-goers and online social networks and garner monies through a mixture of regular and on-off donations and some major donors.
TPFF Co-Founder Deborah Burton said, “As feature documentaries about social and environmental issues find a growing global audience, the struggle for production funding remains constant – despite the recognition that such films can and do contribute to significant social change.
“We want to create a new funding stream for accessible and cinematically strong social issue feature documentaries. To be able to support such filmmakers, we want to build a donor base of regular givers – people who are excited by and see value in directly supporting films for change. People of all ages, all walks of life, who want to come with us on the journey from development, through to distribution to campaigning.”
The Co-operative’s Paul Monaghan said, “The Co-operative has three million members and a unique 165 year history of campaigning. Using a democratic co-operative model, we believe that Tipping Point Film Fund can play a unique role in bringing important untold stories to people’s attention, and hope that these films will help mobilise our members and the general public.”