Look to airlines and other unconventional sources for documentaries funding, urges Sarajevo panel

Look to airlines and other unconventional sources for documentaries funding, urges Sarajevo panel
Airlines are an under-explored opportunity, it was suggested.

Look to airlines and other overlooked “traditional” platforms to fund documentary projects, Shane Smith, programming director of Canada’s prestigious Hot Docs festival, urged producers at a panel at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Sunday August 18.

“On the flight here I watched an amazing independent Australian documentary about a film editor that didn’t have a high profile, but that was sold to Lufthansa,” he said.

“Airlines have all of this bandwidth now, these systems for hundreds of hours of programming,” he continued. “A lot of the domestic airlines in different countries
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