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

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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.

The DPA has temporarily paused new membership applications as we rework our application process to reflect the inclusion and equity we aspire to industry-wide. We thank you for your patience during this time, and invite you to email docproducersalliance@gmail.com to be notified when our new application is in place. If you feel you may be better suited as an ally of the DPA, please find information about

DPA allyship below.

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