About the Fund

Based around the principles of trust-based philanthropy and mutual aid, the IDA Field-Building Fund supports equity and diversity in the field by giving microgrants and rapid-response support to independent grassroots organizations/initiatives and individuals. This fund is made possible through the generosity of individual donors (big and small), foundation partners, and corporate sponsors.

Organizational Field-Building Grants

Launched in 2022, the Organizational Field-Building Grant awards up to $5,000 to organizations/initiatives with operating budgets under $50,000. The project-specific grant is awarded quarterly to two or three organizations. Nominations are elicited from previous grantees, IDA team members, and partners. If you would like to nominate an organization/initiative please email grants@documentary.org.

Organizational Field-Building recipients have included AXS Film Fund, BIPOC Editors Database Initiative, and Best of Intentions Workshop.

Field-Building Fund Grantees
Summer 2022

Another Gaze

Another Gaze was founded in January 2016 to provide a nuanced forum for discussion about women as filmmakers, film subjects and spectators. In 2021 they launched Another Screen – an irregular streaming platform, streaming short-term programmes of films by women across modes of production and geographies, with new writing and translations about these works. anothergaze.com

Project: Critics Workshop
Open City is committed to fostering a discursive space that brings together the next generation of filmmakers, critics and other professionals working in the field of non-fiction cinema. The Critics Workshop is an immersive five-day programme developed by the Another Gaze editorial team to discuss the methodologies and practice of a politically engaged film criticism. Together we will look at questions including the purpose of criticism, editing/the editor, formal experimentation, questions of ethics, and the place of the “I” in criticism. Led by Daniella Shreir, speakers at last year’s workshop included Another Gaze co-editor Missouri Williams, critics Simran Hans, Rebecca Liu and Emily LaBarge, and co-editor of London Review of Books, Alice Spawls. 

The workshop sessions will take place in-person at the Festival Hub in central London. The writing produced in the context of the workshop will be published daily on the festival website. The 10 selected participants will receive access to the festival programme (screenings, talks & other opportunities).


Alliance of Documentary Editors -  Inclusion and Access Committee

The Inclusion and Access committee stands tall in supporting all communities including people of color, disabled and undocumented individuals as well as the LGBTQIA+ community. We aim to create an environment that is accessible and supportive within the documentary community for all marginalized assistant editors and editors. Our goal is to provide meaningful action and resources while creating a safe space for these individuals within the ADE. We have a clear vision to make sure AE and editing opportunities are spread evenly for ALL and that discriminatory practices are eliminated. allianceofdoceditors.com

The Inclusion and Access Committee members: Juli Vizza, Sarah Garrahan, Inés Vogelfang, Michaelle McGaraghan, Stephanie Andreou, Kelly Creedon, Princess Hairston

Project: Inclusion and Access Panels
The ADE’s Inclusion and Access committee is currently organizing a panel on accessibility in the edit bay to address ableism and ways to improve the edit process both in the bay and on the screen for editors and viewers with disabilities. Our aim is to host quarterly panels to uplift our community and provide more tools for their success.  Funding will enable us to recompense our panelists and to provide ASL interpreters.