Here at Stranger Than Fiction we’ve scoured the Twitterverse to bring you those people and institutions driving the best doc-related conversations happening in 140 characters or less. Please note: we’ve left off feeds that promote a specific film; and the data on numbers of followers is approximate, collected in recent weeks. Please click “Read more” below to take a look at our top 100 documentary twitter accounts. Be sure to join our Twitterthon on Thursday, May 10 at 9pm at #SundanceNOW.

AuthorHandleFollowersDescription
Michael Moore @MMFlint1,021,233Filmmaker ('Fahrenheit 9/11'), author ('Stupid White Men'), citizen ('United States of America').
Gary Hustwit@gary_hustwit151,100The jet-lagged and guitar-obsessed director of the documentary films Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. Proud new father of Hazel Hustwit.
Louis Theroux@louistheroux144,175I make documentaries for the BBC
Sundance Film Festival@sundancefest126,715We find, love and share the best independent films in the world. We are presented by the non-profit Sundance Institute.
HBO Documentary@HBODocs44,158HBO Documentary Films. Defining. Moments.
Errol Morris@errolmorris31,839writer, filmmaker, something else maybe…
National Film Board of Canada@thenfb30,000Films from NFB.ca. News, updates and human tweets by @spittin_nickels and @jmatlin.
Scott Macaulay@FilmmakerMag24,268Editor, Filmmaker Magazine
Christian Payne@Documentally20,279storymaker. social technologist. occasional speaker. http://OurManInside.com, UK
SnagFilms@SnagFilms18,588Stream over 3,000 films for FREE on SnagFilms.com. Or watch anytime, anywhere on your iPad, Kindle Fire, Blackberry tablets, and Android smartphones & devices.
Independent Lens@Independent Lens15,726Award-winning independent films and documentaries on PBS. Tweeting tasty morsels for your indie pleasure.
Hot Docs@hotdocs11,829Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market
Sheffield Doc Fest@sheffdocfest11,264The UK's leading documentary and digital media festival, conference and market.
POV@povdocs9,000Documentaries with a point of view on PBS.
Zeitgeist Films@zeitgeistfilms8,286Bringing the best in documentary, foreign and independent cinema to American screens since 1988. http://zeitgeistfilms.tumblr.com/
IDFA@idfa7,134The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is one of the leading documentary events in the world. IDFA 2012: 14-25 November.
Documentary Site@documentarysite6,313Die-hard fan of all things documentary. Blogger for the awesome @povdocs. RTs are not endorsements.
The Documentary Blog@DocumentaryBlog6,000A blog for documentary film fans.
Documentary Channel@DOC_Channel5,700DISH Network 197 DIRECTV 267 Passionate. Perspective.
SundanceNOW@sundancenow5,510With SundanceNow, you can rent and buy the best in contemporary and classic independent films from all over the world.
Channel 4 Documentaries@DocsOn45,433he home of documentaries on @C4Insider, @More4Tweets and @Film4. Join the conversation on #OneBorn, #DeathRow and #Undateables
Silverdocs@SILVERDOCS5,400Silverdocs Documentary Festival, taking place June 18-24, 2012. Celebrating our 10th year!
Basil Tsiokos@1basil15,300Documentaries: Sundance. Film & Festival Consultant. Co-Producer: THE CANAL STREET MADAM. Former Artistic & Executive Director: NewFest.
Eugene Hernandez@eug5,266Now: Film Society of Lincoln Center (@FilmLinc @FilmComment). Also: Co-Founder, indieWIRE (@Indiewire).
True/False Film Fest@truefalse5,187Documentary film festival in Columbia, MO, February 28–March 3, 2013
Thom Powers@thompowers5,120Festival programmer for @MontclairFF (May), @TIFF_net (Sept), @DOCNYCfest (Nov), @STFdocs (year round). Curator for @SundanceNOW Doc Club.
Kartemquin Films@Kartemquin4,891Documentary Powerhouse. Producing social change since 1966. Films include The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, Typeface, A Good Man, No Crossover, Milking the Rhino.
Ingrid Kopp@fromthehip4,700People & teach workshops on docs, social media, engagement & technology. Also consulting on the TFI New Media Fund.
Full Frame Doc Fest@FullFrame4,156Each spring since 1998, Full Frame's 4 day festival celebrates the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema in historic downtown Durham, NC.
Danfung Dennis@Danfung4,100Founder of Condition ONE/ Director of Hell and Back Again
Mona Nicoara@monanicoara4,000Doc filmmaker and human rights activist. Made OUR SCHOOL, which deals with Roma school segregation
Icarus Films@IcarusFilms3,935Distributor of documentary films. Main web site www.IcarusFilms.com
Christopher Campbell@thefilmcynic3,807Editor of the Documentary Channel Blog. Documentary columnist and contributing writer for Movies.com.
Documentary Club@documentaryclub3,651People that like watching documentaries discussing and sharing their suggestions, opinions, and of course – documentaries.
DOC NYC festival@DOCNYCfest3,623DOC NYC, New York's Documentary Festival, takes place Nov. 7 – 15, 2012 in Manhattan's West Village.
Cinereach@cinereach3,611Cinereach funds and produces vital, artful fiction and nonfiction films.
Docs In Progress@docsinprogress3,371Non-profit arts organization dedicated to empowering independent documentary filmmakers and showcasing documentary film as an art form to the public.
Real Screen@realscreen3,303devoted exclusively to the non-fiction film and television industries, we aim to bring diverse communities together for dialog, debate and discussion
Lee Schneider@docuguy3,207DocuCinema. Directing a documentary called Shelter. Interviewing for the be global podcast. Consultant at Red Cup.
Center for Social Media@Ctr4SocialMedia3,157Investigating and showcasing strategies for socially engaged media making.
AJ Schnack@ajschnack2,795Filmmaker [Gigantic, Kurt Cobain About a Son, Convention] and co-chair of Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking.
Charlotte Cook@CharlotteCook2,697Director of Programming @hotdocs
Joe Berlinger@joeberlinger2,660Documentary film-maker whose films include Paradise Lost, Brother's Keeper, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and Crude.
IDA/Documentary.org@IDANews2,600Filmmaker Services, and Public Programs & Events from the International Documentary Association.
Dok Leipzig@DOK_Leipzig2,46455th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany
Doc Movies@DocMovies2,463Documentary, DIY, Digital Distribution, and New Media www.docmovies.com
Scottish Documentary Institute@ScottishDocInst2,462All about creative documentary, Scotland
Cinema Guild@CinemaGuild2,358A distributor of documentary, foreign and independent film.
Maysles Films@mayslesfilms2,351Company headed by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles
DFG@the_dfg2,254The UK's national organisation working to promote talent and innovation in documentary filmmaking
Simon Kilmurry@SKilmurry2,147Exec Producer of POV
Marshall Curry@marshallcurry2,100Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker. Director of Street Fight, Racing Dreams.
Anthony Kaufman@antkaufman2,051freelance journalist, covering indie film beat for Variety, Village Voice, indieWIRE, Filmmaker, IFC.com, et. al.
UnionDocs@UnionDocs2,026UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas.
The D-Word@dwordcom1,924The D-Word is the leading independent documentary community, with more than 8,300 Professionals and Enthusiasts from 117 countries. Founded in 1999.
ITVS@ITVSIndies1,857Official Twitter account for the Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Maysles Cinema@MayslesCinema1,837The Maysles Cinema, non-profit theater located in Harlem dedicated to the exhibition of documentary film and video
IDFA Doc Lab@DocLab1,821Showcasing new and unexpected forms of digital documentary storytelling since 2007. Official new media program @IDFA. Curated by @CasparSonnen
Chicken & Egg Pictures@chickeneggpics1,808Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers.
Tom Roston@DocSoupMan1,737Doc Soup Man blogs at the PBS POV website, where he reports and rants on all things documentary. Other news, food & culture bits here, too. (www.tomroston.com)
Ryan Harrington@ryejh1,736Director of Documentary Programming for the Tribeca Film Institute
Ken Burns@kenburns1,722Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has been producing films for PBS for more than 25 years. His next film, 'The Dust Bowl,' airs November 2012 on PBS.
European Documentary Network@EDNEDN1,659EDN is stimulating networks & knowledge within the documentary sector. 1000+ members from over 60 countries. Releasing DOX Magzine and The EDN Financing Guide. Denmark
GFEM@MediaFunders1,648Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) is an association of grantmakers committed to advancing the field of media arts and public interest media funding.
Arts Engine@arts_engine1,643Media That Matters + Big Mouth Films + MediaRights + Docuclub = Good social-issue indie media & documentary!
Mila Aung-Thwin@EyeSteelFilm1,621Documentary film company. Previous subject matter includes: Migrant factory workers, Punk Muslims, Copyright and Cruise Boats. Upcoming: Fruit
Pat Aufderheide@paufder1,577Prof, Communication, American University
STFdocs@STFdocs1,543Stranger Than Fiction (STF) is a Tues. night documentary series held at Manhattan’s IFC Center, curated by Thom Powers.
Cathy Fischer ITVS@ITVSInteractive1,330Produce new media projects, support independent film, digital storytelling and social media for ITVS.org and Independent Lens and Global Voices on PBS.org
Doug Block@DougBlock1,300Documentary filmmaker: I shoot the human animal. Current films: @TheKidsGrowUp, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, 112 Weddings
Eddie Schmidt@Eddie_Schmidt1,300Nominated documentaries; Wrtr/Producer; Ex-Board Pres of Int'l Documentary Association; Raconteur; Man of Zest & Opinion
Doc Space@DOC_space1,277Toronto Doc. Community
Doc Geeks@docgeeks1,261UK-based blog that aims to give you all sorts of cool stuff about documentaries.
DocuClub@docuclub1,223Monthly screening of rough-cut docs with moderated feedback discussion post-screening.
David Tames@cinemakinoeye1,211Documentary filmmaker & media technologist working in old, new, & future media, in both screen & physical space.
Point of View Magazine@POVmagazine1,200Point of View is Canada's documentary film magazine, printed in Toronto since 1992.
Flaherty Seminar@FlahertySeminar1,195The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is named after Robert J. Flaherty, who is considered by many to be the father of the American documentary.
BBC Storyville@bbcstoryville1,169Storyville: the BBC's international feature documentary strand.We aim to bring the most interesting character-based stories from around the world to the screen
Bassam Tariq@curry_crayola1,155co-director of These Birds Walk. co-creator of 30 Mosques. i co-llaborate a lot.
Caspar Sponnen@casparsonnen1,052founder of @Pluk_de_Nacht Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam.
Cinema Eye Honors@cinemaeyehonors936Honoring exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film and promoting the highest commitment to rigor and artistry in the nonfiction field.
Documentary Tech@DocumentaryTech908an open-source collaborative project exploring documentary filmmaking techniques and technology.
Jonathan Archer@jonarcher906Programmer at ITVS / Transmedia & Documentary & Indie Film & more.
Marjan Safinia@Marj900Documentary Filmmaker, IDA Board President, Activist, Iranian, Monkey
Reva Goldberg@RevaGoldberg860Filmmaker, Brooklynite (by way of Newton, MA), currently heading up The Reach Film Fellowship and Communications dept. at Cinereach LTD.
Heather Croall@heathercroall858director Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs
Cat Bird Productions@CatbirdProd840all documentary, all the time | platform agnostic, Montreal
Robert Greene@prewarcinema637Present tense documentaries. KATI WITH AN I, FAKE IT SO REAL, etc.
IDF@IDF_Prague636Documentary Film. Founded in 2001, IDF supports creative documentaries and filmmakers from C&E Europe.
DOX Magazine@DoxMagazine603DOX is the leading international magazine for the European documentary film industry. DOX is released 4 times a year and has been published since 1993.
SunnySide of the Doc@SunnySideDoc587The Sunny Side of the Doc global network stimulates documentary co-production through: SSD, the International Documentary Market, since 1989.
Bronx Documentary Center@followbdc573The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a gallery and educational space dedicated to showing photography, film, and new media from around the globe.
Senain Kheshgi@Senain551Pakistani-American documentary director and producer. On the Board of the International Documentary Association (IDA)
Documentary Network@Documentary549Watch free documentaries, long/short/interactive films. Get news and big moments with videos! The insider network for pros and doc fans.
POV Engage@POVengage482PBS’ POV's free screenings, resources and all things engaging!
The Ross Brothers@rossbros417ramblin' wreckless hobos with standard def cameras
Doc Alliance@DocAllianceFilm350DocAllianceFilms provides online permanent access to more than 600 outstanding documentaries from around the world, Prague
Cynthia Lopez@docuqueen324Cynthia Lopez, Co-Executive Producer of POV.
Stanley Nelson@stanleynelson1176Filmmaker. 3-Time Emmy winner. Cofounder and executive director of Firelight Media.
Open Doc Lab@opendoclab159MIT's Open Doc Lab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.

  • Luke Moody

    uh hum

    BRITDOC FOUNDATION
    @C4BRITDOC
    2601 followers

    Funding docs ALL OVER. Founding sponsor Channel 4. Partner w/ Bertha Foundation, w/ Sundance on #GoodPitch and w/ PUMA.Creative on Catalyst & Impact Awards. Wow

  • Emma Green

    What about @dogwoof, UK distributor of docs and global sales qgent for various titles

  • http://www.writersandfilmmakers.com Jonathan Krimer

    But if you follow these people, they are not going to follow you. Right? Why would they? We fund writers and filmmakers,@writerfilmmaker

  • SIMA Awards

    Don’t forget @sima_awards :)