March 12, 2015

New York Community Trust Re-ups Support for Pare Lorentz Doc Fund

In 2010, the New York Community Trust (NYCT) provided a generous grant to establish the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund at the International Documentary Association. This program creates awareness and honors the legacy of a groundbreaking documentarian by providing production support for nonfiction film projects that reflect his central concerns (appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems) and high creative standards. Pare Lorentz awards are made through an annual grants competition, the first of which took place in 2011. The NYCT expanded its support for the Lorentz Fund in 2012 with a grant of $250,000 over two years.

We are thrilled to report that the Trust has renewed its investment in the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund with an award of $222,000—the largest single-year contribution in the IDA's history. The NYCT's generosity will enable us to provide eight to twelve Pare Lorentz production grants this year, ranging in size from $15,000 to $25,000. The IDA is deeply grateful for this visionary support.

Many of films selected to benefit from Pare Lorentz grants have gone on to achieve considerable success and exposure. Citizen Koch, by co-directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, secured a theatrical release and is now reaching a vast audience through Netflix's streaming service. Director Nick Brandestini's Children of the Arctic recently took top awards at both the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Zurich Film Festival. And Rich Hill, by co-directors Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palmero, won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and began its theatrical run in summer 2014. Each of these films have received extensive media coverage and, along with several other Pare Lorentz grantees, screened at prestigious film festivals around the world.

The 2015 Pare Lorentz Grant Competition is now accepting submissions. Learn how to apply, and watch the films of Pare Lorentz.