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The Documentary Filmmaking Equipment Survey

We asked documentary filmmakers to share what they're actually using in the field and then compiled the results to help you make decisions about cameras, lenses, audio and more. View the results »

POV Hackathon

Re-invent the documentary for the web! Since 2012, POV's lab has fostered the creation of web-native documentary prototypes. View the prototypes » | Apply »

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Michael Apted (56 Up) talks about the genesis of the Up series and why it has worldwide appeal.

Documenting Power: POV Filmmakers at the Paley Center: How have documentaries changed our conception of politics? Throughout its illustrious history POV has been committed to dissecting political issues and illuminating the electoral process. At the Paley Center for Media, filmmakers Marshall Curry, Shola Lynch, Laura Poitras and Marco Williams, along with critic Caryn James, discussed how to cover the politcal system and gain access to it.

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The Diverse Voices Project IV (DVP), with up to $100,000 in co-production funding available to emerging filmmakers, is POV's initiative to support stories about diverse communities produced by emerging makers.
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The Project VoiceScape call for entries is now closed. Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV are searching for the next generation of documentary filmmakers! Winners were announced in April 2011.
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The POV | Alpha Cine Award was awarded to a documentary filmmaker whose work was selected to Air on the POV series. The award was given in 2010.
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Find out more about the variety of funding, festival, and engagement opportunities available for independent producers.

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POV brings a collection of documentary filmmakers, writers, experts, and viewers together for conversations about topics relevant to POV's nonfiction films.

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