Do you want to get your documentary made as soon as possible?

Too many documentary proposals are unprofessional, lack the correct information and turn off wealthy donors and potential funders right at the start.

We've searched and there's nothing else like this Documentary Proposal Template Pack.

If you want an effective money-winning proposal you're in the right place.

There is no guessing. The template is already laid out and ready for you to plug in your own film's information

Documentary Proposal Template Pack

The Documentary Proposal Template Pack is a comprehensive, step-by-step fundraising tool that helps you pitch your documentary project to potential major funding partners including corporations, private investors and foundations.

Created by award-winning documentary team Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, they've raised more than $1-million for their documentary projects. In addition Jilann serves as a grant funding judge -- analyzing hundreds of filmmaker proposals.

Together, Hank and Jilann are giving you their best strategies, proposal samples, letters and templates all packaged into ONE comprehensive step-by-step system to help you create a money-winning proposal.




Step-by-Step Tutorials, Templates and Samples

  • Video Tutorials

    A 15-part video series takes you step-by-step through the proposal writing process, whether it's to a small foundation or a major documentary funder.

  • Template/Samples

    A quick-start/pre-formatted proposal template, fundraising letter samples and a real-world money-winning proposal sample to use as reference to craft your own proposal.

  • Worksheets & Assignments

    Helpful assignments, worksheets and prompts take you step by step through each section of the proposal to help you write your proposal word by word.

Imagine putting together a documentary pitch that helps you bring in tens of thousands of dollars (or MORE!). How much is that worth?

Even if the proposal pack just helped raise an extra $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000, your small investment has easily paid for itself!

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What To Expect

Immediately after logging in, you can download the proposal template/samples, worksheets and fundraising letters.

Watch a short welcome video from the instructor who will then take you step-by-step through the Documentary Core Application, the industry-standard application form used by most major documentary funders, including ITVS, Sundance, Tribecca and many more. 

You'll learn exactly what to put in each section for maximum impact. Think of Hank as your very own personal grant writing coach.

By the end of this class, you will have a professional, ready-to-submit proposal that can be adapted for any funder or application!


What You Get

  • Quick Start/Pre-Formatted Documentary Proposal Template

  • 15-Part Video Series (Step-By-Step Proposal Writing Tutorials)

  • Documentary Core Application Proposal Sample PDF

  • 4 Fundraising Letters of Interest (LOI) Samples

  • Worksheets & Assignments

  • Q&A Access With Instructor Inside Course

  • Instant/Lifetime Access To All Materials

What Students Are Saying

by Ondrea Barbe

"Truly Priceless!"

by Ondrea Barbe

"This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for, a clear structure with a teacher with so much experience. I am only at 5%, which is CRAZY! because the course already inspired me to start my own template.”
by Matthew Landfield/TimeTravlr Creative

"Very Helpful"

by Matthew Landfield/TimeTravlr Creative

"Excellent course. The detailed guidance through a very complex and challenging application process is very helpful."
by Barbara Altemus (Hawaii)

"Clear and Easy To Follow"

by Barbara Altemus (Hawaii)

"The course is very clear and easy to follow. I wish I had the course before writing the Sundance proposal but I am grateful that I found it before we turned it in. Thank you for creating a guide for filmmakers that is truly needed and so very appreciated."
by Yvette Fintland

"Amazing Opportunity"

by Yvette Fintland

"Thank you for this amazing opportunity and course to help me get up to speed with my projects. I LOVE the program."
by Kacey Cox

"Big Advantage"

by Kacey Cox

"I'm so happy that Desktop Documentaries put this course together. It's helping to demystify what goes into putting together a successful proposal. I've written proposals before but it was all done mostly on intuition. So to now have a framework to go on, is big advantage."
by Alex Kronstein

"Useful Tips"

by Alex Kronstein

"I liked the whole thing. It gave me useful tips on how to fill out the Core App, since I was having trouble with it."

Course Outline:

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Welcome From Instructor
    • About this Course
  • 2

    GETTING STARTED: Documentary Proposal Check-List

    • The Documentary Core Application Checklist
    • VIDEO: Documentary Core Application Check List
  • 3

    DOWNLOAD: Documentary Proposal Template/Sample (Various Formats)

    • READ FIRST: TEMPLATE INSTRUCTIONS
    • Documentary Proposal Sample - "STILL DREAMING" (TEXT ONLY - PDF)
    • Documentary Proposal Template (PDF)
    • Documentary Proposal Template ("Live" Google Doc)
    • Documentary Proposal Template (Word .docx)
    • Documentary Proposal Template (iPages)
  • 4

    STEP 1 - CRAFT YOUR LOG LINE

    • INTRO: Craft Your Log Line
    • VIDEO: Log lines
    • EXAMPLE: Log Line Examples
    • WORKSHEET: Log Line
    • Your Turn! Write Your Log Line
  • 5

    STEP 2 - CRAFT YOUR STORY SUMMARY/SYNOPSIS

    • INTRO: Story Summary and Synopsis
    • VIDEO: Story Summary Part 1
    • VIDEO: Story Summary Part 2
    • SAMPLE: Story Summary & Synopsis
    • WORKSHEET: Story Summary/Synopsis (Part I)
    • WORKSHEET: Story Summary/Synopsis (Part II)
    • Your Turn! Write Your Story Summary/Synopsis
  • 6

    STEP 3 - CRAFT YOUR TOPIC SUMMARY

    • INTRO: Topic Summary
    • VIDEO: Topic Summary
    • SAMPLE: Topic Summary
    • WORKSHEET: Topic Summary
    • Your Turn! Write Your Topic Summary
  • 7

    STEP 4 - CRAFT YOUR ARTISTIC APPROACH

    • INTRO: Artistic Approach
    • VIDEO: Artistic Approach
    • SAMPLE: Artistic Approach Sample
    • WORKSHEET: Artistic Approach
    • Your Turn! Write Your Artistic Approach
  • 8

    STEP 5 - PROJECT STAGE AND TIMELINE

    • INTRO: Project Stage and Timeline
    • VIDEO: Project Stage and Timeline
    • SAMPLE: Project Stage and Timeline
    • Your Turn! Write Your Project Stage and Timeline
  • 9

    STEP 6 - DISTRIBUTION AND MARKETING STRATEGY

    • INTRO: Distribution and Marketing Strategy
    • VIDEO: Distribution and Marketing Strategy
    • SAMPLE: Distribution and Marketing Strategy
    • WORKSHEET: Distribution and Marketing
    • Your Turn! Write Your Distribution and Marketing Strategy
  • 10

    STEP 7 - YOUR INTENDED AUDIENCE

    • INTRO: Intended Audience
    • VIDEO: Intended Audience
    • SAMPLE: Intended Audience
    • WORKSHEET: Intended Audience
    • Your Turn! Write About Your Intended Audience
  • 11

    STEP 8 - AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL IMPACT

    • INTRO: Audience Engagement & Social Impact
    • VIDEO: Audience Engagement and Social Impact
    • SAMPLE: Audience Engagement & Social Impact
    • WORKSHEET: Audience Engagement
    • Your Turn! Write About Your Audience Engagement and Social Impact
  • 12

    STEP 9 - KEY CREATIVE PERSONNEL (YOUR CREW)

    • INTRO: Key Creative Personnel
    • VIDEO: Key Creative Personnel
    • Your Turn! Write About Your Creative Team
  • 13

    STEP 10 - FUNDRAISING STRATEGY, GRANT IMPACT, BUDGET

    • INTRO: Fundraising Strategy, Grant Impact and Budget
    • VIDEO: Fundraising Strategy, Grant Impact and Budget
    • SAMPLE: Fundraising Strategy
    • Your Turn! Write Your Fundraising Strategy and Grant Impact Statements
  • 14

    STEP 11 - WORK SAMPLES

    • INTRO: Work Sample
    • VIDEO: Work Sample
    • EXAMPLES: Work Sample
    • Your Turn! Write Down Your Work Sample
  • 15

    STEP 12 - LETTERS OF INTEREST (LOI) TO FUNDERS

    • Module 1 - Writing Letters to Private Funders Who Do Not Use The Doc Core App
    • VIDEO: LOI's to Private Donors
    • Module 2 - Letters of Interest to Funders that Do Not Use the Doc Core App
    • VIDEO: LOI's for Documentary Funders
    • Template LOI Private Funder
    • Template 1 LOI Foundations
    • Template 2 LOI Foundations
    • Template 3 LOI Foundations
  • 16

    NEXT STEPS

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...
    • Helpful Hints (Resource Sheet)
    • Watch Still Dreaming (full documentary)
    • More resources for you
    • Before you go...

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The Documentary Proposal Template Pack (+ Grant Proposal Tutorial Series) is such a great resource that we guarantee you'll love it or your money back. 30-day money back guarantee.

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The Documentary Proposal Template Pack is available immediately after purchase. Just click the red buy button and you'll be taken to a simple registration page where you'll be asked to create a password and insert your email. After that, you'll make payment and then you'll have access to the entire course.

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Meet Your Instructor

​Hank Rogerson​

Documentary Director - Producer

​Hank Rogerson​

Hank is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with credits including SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, picked up 11 awards on the festival circuit, and was broadcast worldwide. He produced and directed HOMELAND and CIRCLE OF STORIES for National PBS.

He is the co-founder of DocuMentors and is a former professor of filmmaking at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Hank’s latest feature documentary STILL DREAMING premiered at DOCNYC and debuted nationally on PBS in 2018.

Hank has worked on a range of documentary projects—from feature docs to interactive non-fiction, from TV episodic doc shows to branded doc content. He has worked with such clients as PBS, BBC, Sundance and Discovery, and his films have twice premiered at Sundance, and been shown the world over.

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