6th Annual Artists Convening – Sept 6 – 8, 2019

Register here! FULL SCHEDULE:  Friday, Sept 6th @ The Fruit   305 S Dillard St., Durham NC 27701 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Registration/check-in 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Who Tells The Story?  in partnership with Working Films Storyshift initiative Town hall-style discussion on accountability, collaboration and authenticity in storytelling. 6:00 – 7:30 pm: SDF Showcase 4 films in the pipeline, with 10-minute… Read more »

Register now for the SDF Awards Brunch – Sunday, September 9th!

Southern Documentary Fund just gave out $150,000 in grants to Southern filmmakers, and Mateo Bar & Tapas is helping us throw a party to celebrate! Come join the fun Sunday, September 9th from noon-2pm as we celebrate funding Southern stories that raise up, complicate and illuminate the incredible region we live in. Festivities will include… Read more »

Documenting Movements: A conversation

Tuesday, September 5th @ Beyu Caffe 7:00 pm Southern Documentary Fund and #BeConnected present: Documenting Movements: A Conversation on walking the line between exposure and storytelling North Carolina activists are making history. We see the demonstrations go viral. The world is watching. Who’s holding the camera? What are the concerns for the safety of people in front… Read more »

Good Pitch Local: North Carolina

October 17, 2017 Location: Durham, NC WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? Good Pitch is the place where filmmakers and changemakers meet the partners they need to tell the most urgent local stories Good Pitch is an initiative of Doc Society – a nonprofit committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. For… Read more »


May 31, 2017 7-9pm The Cary Theater 122 E. Chatham Street Cary, NC 27511   TICKETS Tickets for the Film Screening are $10 per person ahead of time and $15 at the door. You may purchase tickets here. All proceeds from ticket sales support the work of Arts Access.   Join SDF and the Visual… Read more »

4th Annual Artists Convening – June 9 – 11, 2017.

Announcing the schedule for the 4th Annual Artists Convening! Featuring a Master Class with filmmaker Carlos Sandoval Carlos Sandoval is an Emmy nominated filmmaker whose work includes: THE STATE OF ARIZONA (with Catherine Tambini, Independent Lens, Emmy Nomination, CINE Golden Eagle), A CLASS APART (with Peter Miller, American Experience, Imagen Award, optioned by Eva Longoria),… Read more »

The Loving Story: Screening & Discussion – tickets available*

*Note: Tickets to the screening and discussion are still available here ($10 suggested donation)Tickets to the reception are SOLD OUT.   Southern Documentary Fund is proud to present: The Loving Story Produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland JamesCourtesy of Icarus Films THE LOVING STORY is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia—the landmark 1967 Supreme Court… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening – January 27, 2017

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Shaena Mallett’s Farmsteaders.  The film follows Nick Nolan, an Appalachian prodigal son working against the odds to resurrect the family farm, his wife Celeste, and their young family as they fight to keep this homeland from “drying up and blowing away,” something that has happened… Read more »

SDF’s Annual Holiday Party–Join Us!

Filmmakers, Friends, Fans! Please join SDF as we bid farewell to 2016, a year of transition and a renewed sense of mission to promote documentary storytelling as a vital pathway toward understanding.  We’ll gather on Tuesday, December 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Arcana Bar and Lounge in Durham. There will be snacks, a cash bar including a… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening – December 2, 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Jeffrey Mittelstadt’s Staring Down Fate, about a red wolf biologist who is diagnosed with ALS, and searches for meaning in his terminal illness while the endangered species he dedicated his career to faces another potential extinction. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary… Read more »