Downloadable Documentary Release Forms

Why bother writing up your own documentary film release forms and other paperwork when you can get them right here? (As always, we’re not lawyers, so use these at your own risk. But really, everything should be fine.)

Update: Our downloadable forms are have moved. Download documentary release forms here.

Documentary Film Personal Release Form
This is a standard personal release form for an interviewee for your documentary.

Download as Microsoft Word Document (20k)
Download as PDF (28k)

Location Release Form
This is a standard location release form for property owners.

Download as Microsoft Word Document (30k)
Download as PDF (28k)

Archival Materials Release Form
This documentary film release form is for archival still photographs, film or video footage. This particular version of an archival release is slightly modified from the same form that is used by the Discovery Channel.

Download as Microsoft Word Document (28k)
Download as PDF (52k)

Lead Sheet
When working on a complicated longer form documentary, subjects often interviewees you to other interviewees, and so on. It can be useful to have a few of these pre-printed Lead Sheets to take notes on in your producer’s book so you’ve got all your contacts and followups organized in the same place.

Download as Microsoft Word Document (18k)
Download as PDF (14k)

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4 Comments

  1. Metrov says:

    Thank you for providing these forms.

  2. Dramane Deme says:

    You omitted the Archival Material Release Form. You inadvertently posted the location release form. Please correct mistake. Thanks greatly. DD

  3. Arlen Parsa says:

    Thanks Dramane, fixed!

  4. Shak says:

    Hi it would be great if I could get some advice on exclusivity forms.

    I have interviewed a subject, but want to have the exclusive documentary on hi. I have a release form, but I understand there is something like an exclusive release that allows you to be the only documentary on the person for 1 or 2 years. Please advise.

    Thank you!

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