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Your Fast Track to Documentary Financing - The EDN Financing Guide 2020


The EDN Financing Guide, now also available as a digital edition, provides filmmakers with all the industry contacts they need to finance their projects and films. No matter whether you are looking for slots on international TV stations or contact details of commissioners and buyers who could help finance your documentary project — with the new digital edition of the EDN Financing Guide, you will quickly find what you are looking for when it comes to selling documentaries or finding potential partners for your project.

The EDN Financing Guide is the most cost effective tool for documentary professionals featuring an extensive global overview of broadcasters, funds, distributors and other funding sources for documentary films. With its unrivalled and diverse collection of funding opportunities including direct contacts to potential financiers, the guide is a one-stop-shop covering the whole spectrum of international financing opportunities for documentaries.

For a lower price than any other documentary funding tool on the market, the guide provides more detailed information on broadcasters, more key people listed and more funding opportunities for developing your documentary. For the first time, the EDN Financing Guide is now being released as a digital and interactive version providing faster and easier access to documentary industry contacts.

The EDN Financing Guide 2020 provides detailed information on:
• 900+ commissioning editors and buyers
• 450+ documentary strands
• 350+ documentary departments
• 350+ distributors (database-version only) & VOD platforms
• 200+ film funds

The EDN Financing Guide is continuously updated and improved to fit the needs of directors, producers, distributors and agents working on the international documentary market. In addition to the digital catalog version, a database-driven edition of the guide is also available, making it possible to locate the contacts you need via a quick search. Access to both editions of the EDN Financing Guide is available to all members through a regular EDN membership. Apart from having access to the Financing Guide, EDN members also benefit from the many valuable EDN membership services which include a number of discounts on film-industry services and documentary events.

An extensive selection of funding details is also available in the printed version of the EDN Financing Guide, which can still be purchased separately by contacting EDN via (more details on pricing can be found here).

The EDN Financing Guide is a tool recommended by leading industry professionals. Here you can see a list with our EDN Financing Guide advocates:

Sections in The EDN Financing Guide include:

  • Broadcasters: detailed profiles of broadcasters acquiring documentaries; this includes contact details on relevant commissioning editors and buyers
  • Distributors (database-version only): info on leading international documentary distributors and sales agents covering cinema, broadcasting, non-commercial, educational and DVD
  • Funds: information on funds and public support aimed at international documentary development, co - production and distribution.
  • New Financing Platforms: providing an overview of platforms, such as VoD, aggregators, online channels and newspapers who are open to independent works and have a documentary profile or include a significant number of documenataries


What's New in the 2020 Edition?

In order to become more efficient in terms of our services, and for economic reasons, the EDN Financing Guide is from now on also made available as a digital version on the EDN website.

The digital version is accessible on all devices, contains the exact same up-to-date information as the printed version in previous years, and is presented in an easy-to-navigate catalog interface. This allows for finding your broadcaster contacts and other details just as easily as before. The database-driven searchable version of the guide, which we offered in previous years, also remains available on the EDN website.

A hardcopy edition of the guide can, upon request, be purchased for an extra fee which is different for members and non-members. For more details about purchasing a printed copy, please visit this page.

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