Doc Society's
Impact Producers Lab

Doc Society's Impact Lab is traveling to The Netherlands in April 2018.

Call for Entries is now open.

As part of the Good Pitch Europe programme 2018, Doc Society is hosting an Impact Lab in The Netherlands from 23-26 April 2018.

Just as films have producers to manage the creative and financial process from script to screen, where a filmmaker aspires to create positive social impact with their film, documentary teams are now hiring a specialised Impact Producer who can help take their film from completion to impact.

Deadline: 16 Feb 2018, 4pm GMT.

Applications Closed.

Professionals who can take a film way beyond traditional distribution and develop strategies to reach the audiences that matter; in community, in government, in schools, in board rooms – working in radical collaboration with organisations from across civil society.

This Spring we are looking to select eight individuals from across Europe who are doing this work and want to deepen their knowledge base, or who are interested to step into this role.

What will we cover at the Impact Producers Lab

  • Review theory of change and understanding of the role of story tellers in making social impact
  • Develop bespoke strategies for individual outreach and audience engagement campaigns
  • Examine the role of documentary film teams in impact work as well as our responsibility for the subjects of films
  • Identify the range of potential funders and impact partners for film campaigns and the best practice for developing sustainable long term relationships
  • Devising realistic budgets for short and long term impact work
  • Analysing how impact distribution differs from traditional distribution and how to make better deals for documentary films
  • Designing how to measure and report on the social impact made; at community, political, legal, and corporate levels

How to apply

If you’re interested in joining the 2018 European Impact Lab please fill out a short application form, which will ask you to:

  • Tell us why you want to be considered
  • Upload your CV
  • Upload a short film about you – we want to know a bit about you, how you’ve come to where you are, and what you want to learn from us

Don’t panic about the video – you can film it on your phone, on your computer, on a flipcam. It’s not production values we’re after; we just want to get to know you!

Who can apply?

Anyone from the European Union eager to learn more about how to use film as a tool for social or environmental change can apply. We are looking to work with eight established European professionals from the worlds of film production and distribution, from campaigning, journalism, politics and marketing & PR. A diverse mix of experience and expertise of the participants will enhance the Lab.

What’s the big idea behind Good Pitch? Take a look at this page on the Good Pitch site for a grounding on what Good Pitch is all about. To find out more about the Impact Producers course content please see the Impact Field Guide.


Closing date of call for applications: 16 February 2018, 4pm GMT.

Successful applicants will be informed by 9 March 2018.

The Lab runs from 23-26 April 2018 inclusive.


The Lab will be hosted at a magical place in The Netherlands. Where possible, the food is organic and locally sourced.


If you are selected for the Impact Lab then the cost for accommodation and catering are included. However, you will have to arrange and pay for your own transportation to and from The Netherlands.