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To set best practices while advocating for the welfare of producers toward a sustainable and equitable documentary industry. 


Established in 2016, the DPA is a diverse coalition of more than 300 international members, ranging from emerging to Academy Award-winning documentary producers.  The DPA sets standards for inclusive, sustainable and equitable business practices based on research, collective experience and input from strategic partners, amplifying the voice of documentary producers worldwide, while educating the industry about producers’ essential role from development through financing, production and distribution.

As a volunteer organization, members participate in committees that include: Labor and Economic Sustainability, Operations, Communications, Inclusion and Structural Equality,  Waterfall, Crediting, Regional, Research and Data, Development Funding. More information about the committees and their work can be found on the DPA Committees webpage. Addressing specific issues, committees meet virtually on a schedule set within each committee. DPA members can join existing committees or form new committees. The full DPA membership currently meets virtually every other month.


Last spring, we temporarily froze membership applications to make improvements to the process. As you’ll see, the new application focuses on the producing tasks one has performed, as opposed to the credits one has received. We are aware of the many structural barriers in place regarding credits in our industry, and aim for the DPA to be an organization that centers the inclusion of documentary producers of all backgrounds and aspirations.


Our new application is currently available for all to apply. 


Please note the application will remain open at all times, and subsequent monthly reviews will close at 11:59p PT on the 14th of each month, with membership invitations sent before the end of that month.


In the application, we strongly encourage you to tell us as much or as little about yourself as you feel comfortable sharing. Documentary producers are an incredibly diverse group who bring their whole selves to their work, and we greatly appreciate knowing more about those who are seeking to join our organization and what industry issues are of most relevance to you. 

DPA Allies

Those who support the DPA’s work but are not career producers are encouraged to become allies. 

  • Stay up to date with DPA initiatives 

  • Work with the DPA to change the industry

  • Receive invitations to DPA events

  • More activities to be announced

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