Guidance

What, or Who, is an Impact Producer? Am I an Impact Producer?

The Impact Producer is responsible for maximizing a film’s potential for social change. Responsibilities may vary based on the film’s content and defined distribution goals, but often include strategy development, issue mapping, brain trust facilitation, organizational partnership development and management, digital content production and engagement, and evaluation and impact measurement. An Impact Producer may also coordinate and/or oversee a film’s semi-theatrical screening campaign and release. The Impact Producer may also play a role in story development and fundraising, beginning as early as pre-production.

You may have performed some of the roles above but with a different job title, like Outreach Director, or Campaign Coordinator. Tell us about that when you apply. Some filmmakers are also the Impact Producer on their own films, designing and delivering campaigns separate from the film’s distribution, but without taking that additional credit. We see you. If you are such a filmmaker, and have not been eligible for other relief programmes designed for filmmakers, you may apply for this Fund.

In the application we will ask you to provide evidence of your work. Attachments can include:

  • List of campaign screenings organized in schools, community groups, religious institutions, think tanks etc.
  • Photos of campaign screenings including date and, if possible, other details like who participated in the program and outcomes.
  • Email exchanges with campaign partners discussing the film and its impact goals.
  • Campaign strategy memo and/or implementation plan
  • Impact campaign promotional/communications materials such as flyers, pitch decks, web pages or other materials related to the planned impact distribution of the film
  • Brain Trust agendas / report outs
  • Evaluation and/or Impact Reports
  • We will also encourage you to share a link to trailers of films you have worked with as an impact producer.

Why is the Fund only available to Freelancers?

Freelance and sole-proprietor impact producers, especially those from under resourced and underrepresented groups, are uniquely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has exacerbated the spectrum of historic inequities they face. Based on insights gathered from organizational partners and peer-funders, this community does not have a dedicated fund and is excluded from all but a few of the recently launched artist relief initiatives even though their work supports and is supported by artists/filmmakers. While emergency relief resources alone cannot address long-term personal and career stability, the intent of this fund is to ensure impact producers, who we believe are vital to the documentary ecosystem, remain financially stable enough to continue this important work..

Is there multilingual support available for this application?

The application form is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese & Arabic.

How do I apply?

All applications will be made through this website DocImpactProducersReliefFund.org.

Please see the apply button on the home page.

I’m interested in contributing funds to this relief effort. Can I do that?

We are very eager to add peer-funders to the pool. If you are interested in contributing, please contact: hello@diprfund.org

How can I become more involved in the global impact producing community?

We’re glad you asked! GIPA is an online community of professional impact professionals working in the documentary film industry. We are 300+ members strong, representing nearly 40 countries. You can read more about the community in this summary.

The goal of GIPA is to provide a space for working professionals (for both people who identify as practicing Impact Producers and those who identify as filmmakers leading an Impact Campaign) to work together and share resources effectively, uniting practitioners within countries and connecting them across the globe.

Prospective members can apply by filling in this form including a 200 word bio, their location, and highlighting the work that they have already done and are about to do.

They are then assessed by one of the steering committee members to check they are an active Impact Professional - impact producer, filmmaker or impact theorist who already have experience of running or assessing impact campaigns.

Our steering committee members are: Beadie Finzi (UK); Emily Wanja (Kenya); Jamie Dobie (US); Jess Search (UK); Molly Murphy (US); Sonya Childress (US); Vanessa Cuervo Forero (Colombia)

If my questions aren’t answered here, who can I talk to?

Please email: hello@diprfund.org