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Documentary magazine is the quarterly publication of the International Documentary Association and the only US publication dedicated to documentaries. The magazine has an international readership that includes over 20,000 film/video-makers, producers, distributors, network and cable outlets, educators and students, and fans of nonfiction.

Circulation includes the 3,000 members of IDA, over 200 libraries, newsstand sales in Los Angeles, New York and major cities throughout the US and Canada.

Documentary Magazine features profiles of leading filmmakers like Michael Apted, Errol Morris, Michael Moore, Albert Maysles and Werner Herzog—just to name a few. We also cover major international film/video festivals with an emphasis on documentaries and distribution. Plus, look for the latest on production and new technology, trends and recent broadcast developments.

Our regular features include Reeling in the Real (editorial/opinion), Reality Ink (book review), Doc-Tech (technology), First Look (news items), Playback (essay on a "desert island doc"), Welcome New Members, and Members News

Reach the leaders and decision-makers in the documentary world today!

Special issues include the IDA Awards (Winter) and the Oscars® issue (Spring).

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Issue Editorial Dedline Classified Deadline Ad Reservation Deadline Artwork Deadline Newsstand Date
Spring 12/15 12/15 12/25 01/05 Early Feb.
Summer  03/15 03/15 03/25 04/01 1st week May
Fall 07/15 07/15 07/25 08/01 1st week Sept.
Winter 10/15 10/15 10/25 11/01 1st week Dec.


Artwork Requirements

Artwork should be e-mailed or sent on disc to:

Val Echavarria, Casa Marengo Art & Design, 739 N. Marengo,Pasadena, CA 91103, 626.577.9440 (phone/fax).

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We accept Mac-platform files in the following formats:

- Quark Xpress with fonts and images
- Photoshop (EPS, TIF, and JPEG at 300dpi)
- Illustrator EPS files with linked images and fonts outlined.
- Acrobat PDF files must be hi-res with crop marks.

To ensure that your ad prints correctly, please provide a laser printout. If you are e-mailing your ad, fax a proof or include a lo-res pdf or jpg proof.

Compression of e-mail files prior to sending is recommended, either as archive (.sit), binhex (.hqx) or .zip; self-extracting files (.sea files should be avoided).

Please note: Disks will not be returned.

Speak to your Account Executive for further information on submitting art and design services.


For an advertising contract and/or further information, contact:

Jina Chung (Development Associate) / tel: 714.313.5794 fax: 213.232.1669

Please contact before sending in your order.

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Wanted: Online Classifieds

The IDA website,, is seeking online classified ads, as classified ads will no longer appear in the print edition of Documentary magazine. Online classifieds can be seen by everyone, but can only be posted (for free) by IDA members. To post an ad, first login here, then go to the Forum in the Community section or click "Post Classified Ad" at the top of your profile page to create a new Classified ad. Not an IDA Member? Join now!