How it works

Basically DocsOnline facilitates the direct transfer of payment between documentary-makers and their audience. Each second you?re watching one of our films 50% of our income is paid directly to the author or copyright holder. The other 50% is used to organize and facilitate our website. Any further profits are invested in the production of new independent documentaries.

Some films are free of charge because they are offered publicly by other websites. We have visually incorporated these films or programs on DocsOnline because we believe they are of great interest and our audience should be informed of their free existence elsewhere on the internet. 

A central focus of DocsOnline is to organize our ever-expanding collection in such a way that you'll find exactly what you're looking for in a documentary. We consider this as a challenge and feedback is very welcome.

Submit a film

Documentary filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films. If you are the copyright holder or the authorized sales agent of a quality documentary, submit it to us. If we like it, we'll put it up in all appropriate sections of our website and pay you royalties.


All submitted films must be of technical and cinematic quality. For screening purposes we accept DVD and VHS- tapes, but once selected we will need a Digital Betacam copy (pal) for encoding.

The DocsOnline Foundation applies the following guidelines in making its selections. Any variations of the rules or guidelines are at the sole discretion of the Foundation:

  • Cinematic quality, style & form
  • Uniqueness of vision & original approach
  • Human & cultural Interest
  • Historic & political interest
  • The natural world & scientific interest
  • Other applicable and/or relevant subject matter

We have no production year cut off. All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Although exceptions are made, shipping and handling costs to the DocsOnline office will be covered by the entrant.

If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail or give us a call. We will respond within two business days. You can send tapes to our contact address.

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