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Our major supporters
Bertha Foundation

"We are proud to be partnering on such fantastic initiatives." Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Bertha Philanthropies

Ford Foundation

"Experts in collaboration, innovation and rapid prototyping." Cara Mertes, Ford Foundation


"BRITDOC are at the forefront of international documentary development. From Ping Pong to Virunga they have pioneered new ways of engaging with audiences" Patrick Holland, BBC

Hello & Welcome

We are a non-profit founded in 2005 committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally.

Based in London and New York we work with filmmakers and partners all over the world.

Our Mission

We bring people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film. We stand in solidarity with filmmakers and work to unite them with new friends and allies, building new models globally.

We aim to innovate, share and innovate again.

"For many years Doc Society has spotted and supported the most urgent projects - nurturing them with love, ensuring they make a difference. It is the forum for our most important conversations in nonfiction cinema."
Joshua Oppenheimer,
Director, Act of Killing

Our Driving Principle

Great documentaries enrich the lives of individuals. They have a unique ability to engage and connect people, transform communities and improve societies.

That's why we are dedicated to the Impact of Art, and the Art of Impact.


What we do

Our five strategic areas

$ Raised at 51 Good Pitch events
$ Granted to filmmakers globally
Users of the Impact Field Guide
People working with Safe & Secure
Teachers using Doc Academy
Films granted
Doc Impact Hi5 case studies published
Years of operation
Oscar nominations (and 2 winners)

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"For me, BRITDOC is synonymous with passion, commitment, energy, humour, vision, rigour and vodka-based cocktails."
Tabitha Jackson, Sundance Institute

Doc Society Team

  • Beadie Finzi (UK)
    Foundation Director

  • Emily Wanja (KE)
    Director of African Programmes

  • Farhana Yamin (UK)
    Climate Reframe Programme Manager

  • ​Fiona Fletcher (UK)
    BFI Doc Society Support Programme Manager

  • Hannah Bush Bailey (UK)
    Film and Production Executive

  • Henry Wrigley (UK)
    Finance Director

  • Hollie Fifer (AU)
    Director of Australian Programs

  • Jess Search (UK)
    Chief Executive

  • Julian Etienne (BE)
    Climate Story Fund Officer

  • Katie Mandy (UK)
    Finance Officer

  • Khadija J. Khan (UK)
    Engagement Manager

  • Kit Colbourne (UK)
    BFI Doc Society Production Coordinator

  • Laura Husti-Radulet (UK)
    Grants Manager

  • Louise Alves (NL)
    Grants Officer, The Climate Story Unit

  • Maxyne Franklin (USA)

  • Megha Agrawal Sood (USA)
    Director, Head of Climate Story Unit

  • Michelle Plasencia (MEX)
    Network Co-Coordinator for GIPA

  • Miriam Ayoo (KE)
    Network Co-Coordinator for GIPA

  • Naomi Walker (USA)
    Network Coordinator for GIPA

  • Nicole van Schaik (NL)
    Director of Development

  • Nikki Heyman (USA)
    Film Officer

  • Sandra Tabares Duque (Colombia)
    Climate Story Unit Impact and Insights Officer

  • Sandra Whipham (UK)
    Foundation Director

  • Shahnowaz Khanom (UK)
    Finance Manager

  • Shanida Scotland (UK)
    Director, Head of Film

  • Suzanne Alizart (UK)
    BFI Doc Society Film Fund Business Affairs Executive

  • Vanessa Cuervo (Colombia)
    Director of Latin American Programmes

  • Zeena Starbuck (UK)
    Project Coordinator, Independence Project and Democracy Story Unit

Doc Society Associates

  • Bedatri D. Choudhury
    Digital Consultant

  • James Franklin (PT)
    Creative Director

  • Jessica Edwards (UK)
    Impact Consultant

  • Julia Farrington
    Impact Producer

  • Katie Speight
    Editorial Consultant

  • Mike Lindsay
    Artistic Director for Live Events

  • Prash Naik
    Doc Society Legal Counsel

  • Sarah Nicholson
    Design Consultant

  • Stu Tily (CZ)
    Technical Director

Doc Society Foundation Board

  • Mandy Chang
    Non-executive Board Member

  • Oliver Rivers (UK)
    Chair, Non-executive Board Member

  • Paul van Zyl
    Non-executive Board Member

  • Ruby Chen
    Non-executive Board Member

  • Sameer Padania
    Non-executive Board Member

  • Tony Tabatznik
    Non-executive Board Member

Doc Society Charitable Trustees

  • Anu Henriques

  • Dilhani Wijeyesekera

  • Fatima Ibrahim

  • Mathieu Ajan

  • Peter Noorlander

  • Rob Berkeley
    Chair of the Board

  • Stephen Dunbar-Johnson

Doc Society Inc Board

  • Anurima Bhargava
    Chair of the Board

  • Heather Grady
    Board Member

  • Katharine Wilkinson
    Board Member

  • Keri Putnam
    Board Member

  • Twiggy Pucci Garcon
    Board Member

  • Vince Warren
    Board Member

Stichting Doc Society Board

  • Kat Craig
    Chair of the Board

  • Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm
    Non-executive Board Member



We are free to choose who we work with and how we do it. This independence means we always uphold creative, journalistic and personal integrity.


We don’t interfere with the creative process, we support it. We are the friend of the filmmaker and the film always comes first.


We have seen the greatest impact through collaboration. As such, we share what we learn and create best practice with our partners.


We are consciously and constantly evolving – because tomorrow needs new ideas. For us, problems are an opportunity for change.


We take documentaries seriously, but not ourselves.


We love what we do and we want to work with people who feel the same way.

Our Supporters

We can only do what we do because of organisations and individuals who fund our work

Thank you everyone.

Major Partners:

BBC British Film Institute Ford Foundation

Founding Partner:

Channel 4