Mission and Objective

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides development funds to documentary film projects taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be the director and/or creative producer and must retain creative and editorial control.

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident and 18 years of age.

  • Applicant must have a proven track record working in documentary film (features or shorts), but a directing and/or producing credit is not necessary. 

  • Project must be in research and development. Projects that have completed significant production are not eligible.

  • Subject may be domestic or international.

  • Final project may be a short, feature, series, VR or other emerging documentary film format. 

  • Film must be intended to reach a large and broad audience (a broadcast commitment is not necessary).

  • Journalistic practice must be integral to the project, with a commitment to fairness and accuracy. Journalistic practice is broadly defined and may include, but is not limited to, extensive research, accessing public records, an accountability or investigative approach, the need to protect sources or media, a heavy reliance on facts, or navigating hostile environments.

  • Stories must be contemporary and of an urgent or critically important nature. Biographies and historical films will only be considered if they have a clear contemporary angle.

  • There are no restrictions on style, aesthetics or treatment.

  • Applicants must submit an online sample of their previous work and if available a sample from the proposed project.

  • Grant requests may be up to $15k.

  • The applicant is not required to be a member of IDA.

  • The applicant is not required to have nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship.

  • Student films are ineligible.

Deadline: July 28, 2017

To Apply:

  1. Click on the application. You will be asked to register with Submittable, which involves entering contact information and choosing a username and password.

  2. Fill out the brief online application. You can save it and return to it as often as needed until you are ready to submit.

  3. You will need a narrative proposal (pdf) and and filmography or resumé (pdf). See the Proposal Checklist below for details.

  4. Applicants must submit an online sample of their previous work and if available a sample from the proposed project. The previous work can be feature length but only the first 15 minutes will be reviewed.

Proposal checklist

Please prepare a narrative proposal and filmography or resumé (pdf) as outlined in the proposal checklist. Read the guidelines and proposal checklist carefully, making sure to note which items are required and which are optional. 

IDA ENTERPRISE DOCUMENTARY FUND DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROPOSAL CHECKLIST

Submission Portal

We welcome applications from all IDA members and non-members. A documentary.org user account is not necessary. Grant applications are accepted and processed through Submittable.com. Please create a separate user account on Submittable. IDA membership logins will not work in conjunction with the application process. If you are experiencing problem logging onto Submittable, please reset your password through the following link: https://manager.submittable.com/account/forgotpassword.


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