Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

Thank you to everyone who submitted a Letter of Inquiry to the 2014 Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund!

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide annual production grants totaling $95,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.  Grants will be made to up to 6 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

The fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing.  A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.

Read about the application guidelines and eligibility requirements are available on the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund application page. Click on the 'Submit Letter of Inquiry Now' button on the bottom by March 31st, 2014 to submit your LOI.

For more information about Pare Lorentz and to view full-length selections of his films, please visit our Pare Lorentz screening room.

About the International Documentary Association

Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports documentary filmmaking worldwide. At IDA, we believe that the power and artistry of the documentary art form are vital to cultures and societies globally, and we exist to serve the needs of those who create this art form. IDA is the portal into the world of documentary filmmaking. We provide up-to-date news, information and community through our website,, our various special events, and our quarterly publication, Documentary Magazine.

Our main program areas are Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education and Public Programs & Events. IDA is led by Michael Lumpkin, Executive Director, a highly creative and effective executive leader with over 25 years experience leading international media arts organizations; a dedicated and experienced staff; and a committed and highly effective Board of Directors.

About The New York Community Trust

Through the generosity of New Yorkers past and present, The New York Community Trust makes grants for a range of charitable activity important to the well-being and vitality of our city. We’ve helped make donors' charitable dreams come true since 1924.

Grants made from these funds meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human justice.

In addition to making grants to a broad range of nonprofit agencies, The Trust responds to urgent problems in the City by bringing people together, working with other funders, and issuing publications to help illuminate issues and explore their solutions.

The Trust is governed by a 12-member Distribution Committee composed of community leaders appointed by a variety of civic institutions.  Its staff is recognized for its experience in grantmaking, financial administration, and donor service.  Divisions are located on Long Island and in Westchester.

Past Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund Grantees

2013 Grantees 

Check It - Dana Flor, Co-Director/Co-Producer, Toby Oppenheimer, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Children of the Arctic- Nick Brandestini, Director, Vesna Eckert, Producer, Taylor Segrest, Co-Producer
My Country No More - Rita Amal Baghdadi, Co-Director/Co-Producer, Jeremiah Hammerling, Co-Director/Co-Producer
The Punch - André Hörmann, Director, Ingmar Trost, Producer, Thomas Bergmann, Director of Photography
Rich Hill - Tracy Droz Tragos, Co-Producer/Co-Director, Andrew Droz Palermo, Co-Producer/Co-Director
(T)ERROR - Lyric R. Cabral, Co-Producer/Co-Director, David Felix Sutcliffe, Co-Producer/Co-Director


After Tiller - Martha Shane, Co-Director/Co-Producer, Lana Wilson, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Citizen Koch - Tia Lessin, Co-Director/Co-Producer, Carl Deal, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Four Walls Around Me - Irene Taylor Brodsky, Producer/Director
The New Black - Yoruba Richen, Director
Remote Area Medical - Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, Directors 


¿Más Bebés? - Renee Tajima-Peña, Producer/Director
As Goes Janesville - Brad Lichtenstein, Producer/Director
Rise and Fall of ACORN: America's Most Controversial Anti-poverty Organization - Sam Pollard, Producer/Director
American Village - Mary Posatko, Co-Director/Co-Producer, Emily Topper, Co-Director/Co-Producer