The newly-launched documentary makers’ member organisation, The Documentary Film Council (DFC), has launched the election for its first ever elected Board of Directors.

Nominations for the 8 board positions are available now; voting opens on 13 May 2024.

Launched as a co-operative at Sheffield DocFest in 2023, the DFC is independent and run by and for its members. Part of the DFC’s remit is to work with doc makers across the sector to develop a set of collectively-held policy priorities for UK independent documentary.

Because this is the DFC’s first election, all members of the current interim board are required to stand down.

This means that there will be 8 member-only board positions up for election.

The DFC hopes that the board includes both new and established people in the industry, and people from historically marginalised backgrounds are especially welcome to stand. It says it is also essential that the board consists of producers, directors and other precariously employed people as well as salaried representatives from different parts of the industry. However, because the DFC is currently an unfunded and volunteer-run organisation, freelance members of the board won’t be paid until  funding is available. Full training will be provided if candidates have not served on a board before.

Jon Creamer

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