Since 1999, The D-Word has been a peer-to-peer global community that helps documentary professionals feel a sense of belonging. Through its online and offline programs and tools, The D-Word provides spaces for professional development, information sharing and relationship building, working towards greater sustainability and improved mental health for documentary professionals.
Best known for its free online discussion forum (http://www.d-word.com) on all aspects of documentary filmmaking (fundraising, production, camera, sound, distribution, legal and more), The D-Word is aimed at building relationships online that carry into the offline world, including meet-ups at film festivals, peer collaborations, and partnerships with publications and industry organizations to offer round-ups of pitching forums, peer pitch, and other workshops. The D-Word has more than 18,000 members from 144 countries.
While The D-Word is free and managed largely by volunteers, funding supports the upkeep and upgrades of the site, as well as outreach.