The DPA has identified the need to create crediting standards and best practices for independent documentary films so that: funders and investors receive the recognition that they are due (and that filmmakers want them to have); filmmakers can offer and leverage fair credits to funding prospects to get their films made; and the value and meaning of credits are protected (against, among other things, dilution and inconsistency) for filmmakers and their financial partners.


Ultimately, we believe that credits are an expression of filmmaker and industry values. Our broadest aim is that these guidelines, in keeping with the DPA’s other efforts, facilitate greater transparency and inclusion, and benefit the documentary industry as a whole; and, that as the field continues to evolve, the documentary industry keeps a vigilant eye on crediting standards, adjusting as needed.

Crediting Guidelines

DPA | Advocating and setting best practices on behalf of documentary producers since 2016

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