FAQs

Website Features, Questions and Bugs

I Saw Something that Looked Weird Or Didn't Work Correctly. Who Do I Contact?
I am having trouble finding the IDA Resources area. Where did it go?

Membership

Can I Get My Name Put On IDA's Mailing List?
How can I check my IDA membership status?

Signing Into The IDA Website

If I Create a Username and Password For The Site, Am I An IDA Member?
How Do I Create A Username and Password?
Why Should I Create A Username and Password?
What Is The difference between Username and Real Name?
Why Are You Asking Me To Upload An Image?

Video Submissions And Content

How Do I Submit A Video To Documentary.org?
I Submitted a Video, But I Don't See It On The Site. Where Is It?
I See My Video On The Site, But I Want To Change the Description or add a link to my website. How Do I Do That?

Magazine

How Can I Get A Subscription To IDA's Magazine, Documentary?
How Can I Get More Information About IDA, Documentary Magazine, And Upcoming IDA Events?

Funding

I Know IDA Does Not Offer Funding Itself, But Can It Help Me Find Some Other Sources?
What Kind Of Grants and Funding Does IDA Offer?

Filmmaking

Does IDA Have A Library Or Archive I Can Use?
I Am Looking For A Copy Of A Certain Documentary, And Am Trying To Locate The Filmmaker: Can IDA Help Me Find Either?
I Could Use Advice About Making And Selling My Film. Can IDA Help?
What Kinds Of Films Does IDA Produce And Distribute?

I Saw Something that Looked Weird Or Didn't Work Correctly. Who Do I Contact?

Please e-mail all comments, questions, concerns, bugs and anything else to feedback@documentary.org. We won't be able to get back to everyone who e-mails, but we will be listening.
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I am having trouble finding the IDA Resources area. Where did it go?

It is located under the Community tab, here. There you will find information about Fiscal Sponsorship, grants, jobs and more.
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Can I Get My Name Put On IDA's Mailing List?

IDA is a non-profit member-service organization. To receive periodic emails from IDA, including our monthly eNewsletter, please create a username and password on the registration page. To receive all IDA emails, plus a host of other benefits and services, Join IDA now!
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How Can I check my IDA membership status?

To verify your current membership status, you can do so by signing-in to your membership account.

If you are a current IDA member, your membership level, member number, and expiration date will be displayed on your profile page.

To renew your IDA membership, please sign-in and then go to the Order page in the Membership section.

Questions about your membership status? Contact membership@documentary.org.
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If I Create a Username and Password For The Site, Am I An IDA Member?

No. Your IDA membership is separate from your username and password on documentary.org. Creating a username and password on the site is free. We encourage you to do so on the registration page.
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How Do I Create A Username and Password?

Go to the registration page.
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Why Should I Create A Username and Password?

That way you can create and update your profile page. You can post information about yourself on your profile page. Your profile page will also link to your comments on the site, any articles you may have written for Documentary magazine that are online and more. It's a great home base for letting people know about you and your latest project, company or organization.
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What Is The difference between Username and Real Name?

Your Username will be what you use to log into the site. However, since most people know you by your real name, we want to tie that into your profile so your bylines and posts look nice and people can more easily find out what you've been up to on documentary.org.
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Why Are You Asking Me To Upload An Image?

This image will be displayed along with your comments, blog entries and more. We think it's a fun way for this community to share its unique personalities. We recommend uploading a picture that is 150x150 pixels and 72 dpi.
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How Do I Submit A Video To Documentary.org?

Posting a video on the IDA website is a benefit for paid IDA members. Please consider joining IDA if you would like your video to be posted on our site. Below are our video submission guidelines:

Here's what we're looking for:
1. All submissions should be short pieces no longer than 10 minutes
2. They might be stand-alone excerpts from completed long-form documentaries
3. Trailers and EPK's are fine
4. Compelling, never-before-seen "outs" (including resurrecting some of those "babies" you had to kill in editing)
5. Entire "short" docs
6. Original works created specifically for our community

Here are the ground rules:
1. Please only submit fully cleared pieces, including music rights and stock footage.
2. By your submission to IDA, you acknowledge and agree that you have all rights, title and interest in the submitted material and such submission does not infringe on the rights of any third party. You further agree that you will defend, indemnify and hold the IDA harmless from any claims.
3. By submitting you grant the IDA the right to stream clips on the IDA website, partner destinations and video sites with whom the IDA has promotional relationships.
4. The IDA only streams clips and does not make them available for download without the owner's approval.So scour your shelves and computer files for work you'd like us to showcase. We look forward to sharing it with the community of filmmakers and doc-lovers at www.documentary.org

Video Specs:
We will be accepting the following video formats: Quicktime, MP4, MPG, or AVI file. All video files should have a frame size of at least 480x360 and a file size of 100MB or less.

Video Description Text:
When you submit your video, please also send a brief text description (100 words or less) that we can include on your video page.

There are two ways to send us your video:
Case 1 - I have my own website or access to an ftp server.
Upload your file to your ftp server and then send us a link to that file (ie: "http://yoursite.com/videos/myvideo.mov") to "videos@documentary.org". Make sure to include your contact info and video description text in your e-mail message.

Case 2 - I do not have access to my own ftp site.
Use one of the following free web services to upload your video:
http://www.yousendit.com/
http://www.sendspace.com/
http://dropshare.net/

For the recipient e-mail, enter "videos@documentary.org". Make sure to include your contact info and video description text in the comment field.

Note: Submitting your video to www.documentary.org does not qualify as an entry to the IDA Awards Competition, DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase, or any other IDA programs.

Video Submission FAQ:
1. I have tape. Can you help me digitize and encode it for the site?
No can do … but I smell a business opportunity for one of our members...

2. Does www.documentary.org require me to sign over any of the rights to my work?
No, but you are granting the IDA a non-exclusive license to stream the material on the Internet

3. Will www.documentary.org compensate me in any way for sharing my work through their site?
No.

4. Can I share a clip from a work in progress if it includes stock or archival footage that has not yet been formally released?
If any material is owned by anyone else and there is no release, it cannot be submitted.

5. Can I share work I created (shot, wrote, directed, produced etc.) as a "work for hire" for another entity that retains the rights?
Not unless that entity has signed off on it.

6. Will submitting clips from my "work in progress" cause me problems when I later want to submit the completed film to festivals or make a distribution deal?
This is on a case by case basis and you’re proceeding at your own risk. Some festival applications ask if the specific work has premiered elsewhere. Technically, streaming video should not be considered a “premiere”. Also, some distributors may not like a complete work being streamed.

7. My film is several decades old. Is it still of interest?
YES!!!

8. Will people be able to download and steal my work?
We will be streaming videos using Flash, which doesn't allow people to download and keep the videos. (There are some shady people who know how to bypass this--this is the Internet after all--but you'll be pretty safe.)

9. If I submit my video, will it automatically be included on documentary.org?
No. The editorial staff at documentary.org will make selections based on topics, context, quality, programming considerations etc.: There’s always limited space and we will do our best to compile the most compelling programming for our site.
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Submitted a Video, But I Don't See It On The Site. Where Is It?

We got a lot more videos from members than we expected. So thank you. We are currently processing them all and will get them posted as soon as we can. Feel free to send us a reminder to videos@documentary.org.
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I See My Video On The Site, But I Want To Change the Description or add a link to my website. How Do I Do That?

At times we had to adjust some video descriptions for spacing issues, so we may have edited your description. But if you want us to include a link to your website, please e-mail us at videos@documentary.org.
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How Can I Get A Subscription To IDA's Magazine, Documentary?

It's very easy: just become an IDA member. Subscriptions to Documentary magazine are included with IDA membership. Subscriptions without membership are available only to libraries and institutions, but individual issues of the magazine are available quarterly for purchase at larger news vendors in major cities, and some back issues are available for sale through the IDA office.
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How Can I Get More Information About IDA, Documentary Magazine, And Upcoming IDA Events?

You've come to the write place for that. Start out by reading About IDA. Then move on to our online Magazine Archive. And finally, check our Calendar section.
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I Know IDA Does Not Offer Funding Itself, But Can It Help Me Find Some Other Sources?

The IDA does not offer any professional researching or grant writing services. We do maintain a limited listing of current grant opportunities under the "resources" heading on our website. Another valuable resource for grant research is The Foundation Center's online listings at www.foundationcenter.org.Our members are eligible to apply to our Fiscal Sponsorship program. Fiscal Sponsorship is a valuable fundraising tool that can greatly expand your fundraising options. Many individual donors, foundations, and corporate funders will only donate or make grants to an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Fiscal sponsorship will allow your film to apply for and accept such funding. To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and how your documentary project might benefit, visit our Fiscal Sponsorship FAQ.
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What Kind Of Grants and Funding Does IDA Offer?

IDA is not a funding organization. IDA does offer a Fiscal Sponsorship Program for our members. Fiscal Sponsorship is a tool which allows eligible documentary film projects to apply for grants and tax deductible donations under IDA's 501(c)(3) umbrella. For more information about the Fiscal Sponsorship program please visit our Fiscal Sponsorship FAQ.IDA does sometimes co-sponsor specific grant opportunities, such as the IDA/Pare Lorentz Documentary Finishing Fund Grant and the A&E IndieFilms, Heineken Documentary Finishing Grant. When these opportunities are available, information about current deadlines and how to apply will be available on our website. No other funding is available. We are unable to respond to general inquiries about funding.
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Does IDA Have A Library Or Archive I Can Use?

There is an IDA Archive at the Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. The Archive is open to the public by appointment. To schedule and appointment or for and additional information about the Archive, please call Brian Meacham at 310/247-3016 x. 387. The IDA offices do not have on-site research or reference libraries. When looking for archives and film reference resources, also try the various university archives: there are excellent archives at USC, UCLA, NYU, and Columbia, among other universities. Also, many important documentary films can be found in the collection of the Motion Picture Division of the Library of Congress.
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I Am Looking For A Copy Of A Certain Documentary, And Am Trying To Locate The Filmmaker: Can IDA Help Me Find Either?

Try searching the website. If the filmmaker you are looking for is an IDA member, you may find the information on their profile page or in our News section.
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I Could Use Advice About Making And Selling My Film. Can IDA Help?

Yes. We provide this service to our members. Also, IDA holds seminars and/or workshops every year designed to assist documentarians with such issues. You can also ask questions and interact on the online forum with IDA's skilled and knowledgable international membership.
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What Kinds Of Films Does IDA Produce And Distribute?

None. IDA is a non-profit member service organization, providing publications, benefits, and a public forum to our membership for issues regarding nonfiction film/video/multi-media. We do not produce or distribute any films, either our own, or our members'. However, we do showcase documentary films in our annual DocuWeek™. We also hold various screenings and events throughout the year and on the site we will be showcasing short documentary films in the Video section.
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